...Belgravia, one of the three London districts to which the traditional Penhaligon's house has dedicated its latest collection, lies elegant and highly coveted quarters all together. The one that gives the title here is - behind Kensington - only my second favourite of these three, but Belgravia Chypre, the fragrance to comment here - that is the most beautiful of them.
Belgravia is a residential district with stately cream and white townhouses behind shiny black railings. The Eaton Square (in the series: 'Eaton Place'), famous for the television series named after him, is here and many embassies, expensive galleries and restaurants. The Sloane Street was long regarded as the territory of the young, celebratory high nobility.
Belgravia Chypre pays tribute to the formal elegance of the quarter through its reserved and distinguished character. One could probably call him 'lively floral', dignified and very fine in his arrangement. Chypre', on the other hand, leads the all-too-trustworthy perfume lover on at least a misleading trail, because despite a classic chypre architecture consisting of a hesperidic top note, floral or rose heart and oakmoss base - everything is there! - nothing about him comes along like a man you would classically call 'Chypre'. Instead, there is a subtle scent of roses, subtle, jumpy in the beginning, pale-coloured beyond the centre - cultivated urban and far beyond English country house delight. The raspberry - like all red fruits one of my most feared fragrances - fits wonderfully into its bright freshness, accentuated by little more than a hint of pepper, followed by a delicate pink climbing rose, which swings softly in the London June wind.
Conclusion: Belgravia is a quarter for walking, promenading. There is certainly more to do and experience in other districts - in Mayfair or Kensington, for example. Belgravia is a quarter for a cheerful afternoon under trees. Along shiny black railings. Roses. Belgravia Chypre is actually the fragrance for it.