Floris, no. 89 Jermyn Street, London SW1. This well-known perfumer, its shop window seen here from two angles, has been occupying these premises since 1810. It has a "good mid C-19 shopfront and a seductive interior of mahagony cabinets modelled on one from the Great Exhibition of 1851" (Bradley and Pevsner 609).

Inside, in an inner room, is a special cabinet dedicated to its history. Pride of place goes to a "treasured letter written by Florence Nightingale in 1863 to 'Mr Floris' (James) thanking him for his 'beautiful sweet-smelling nosegays'" ("History of Floris").

Mosaic tiling at entrance.

Photographs, text and formatting by Jacqueline Banerjee You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]


Bradley, Simon, and Nikolaus Pevsner. London 6: Westminster. The Buildings of England series. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2003.

"History of Floris.". Floris. Web. 2 September 2016.

Weinreb, Ben, Christopher Hibbert, Julia Keay and John Keay. 3rd ed. The London Encyclopaedia. London: Macmillan, 2008.

Created 2 September 2016