This scratch ’n’ sniff tour of London introduces the history of scent - and it’s not always a pleasant one!
In a few sniffs you will be carried back to simpler times to find how London would have smelled before pollution and cars. We learn about the smells that surrounded the aristocracy in the grand houses of Belgravia, before pondering the pongs suffered by servants around the pubs and the horses along the mews. We then head to St. James’s, the royal stomping ground, to discuss how kings, queens, princesses and mistresses smelled. Which king clearly loved the smell of oranges? Which king slept in the hearth on his wedding night because he couldn’t bear the smell of his new wife?
Finally, we will discover how James Bond smelt, plus how the Victorian Turkish Baths changed the way we smell, forever.
*Available on selected Wednesdays only*