The near-mythic Osmothèque is to perfumes what the British Library or the Bodleian are to books – except even more rarefied as it is the only one of its kind in the world. Housed in Versailles, this archive (named after Osme, the Greek muse for scent) is an olfactory Aladdin’s Cave, where thousands of great works of perfumery are painstakingly recreated and stored so generations to come can appreciate the famous scents of bygone eras. Usually, access is only by booking a private appointment at the French trove, but back in May, a small group of just 50 Londoners were treated to an afternoon of perfume nirvana from its archives, co-hosted by The Perfume Society and the ultra heavenly scent doyenne Odette Toilette (we’ve been to a few of her salons and they are wonderful). A curated collection of bottles were brought to these shores and presented at Brasserie Zedel’s the Crazy Coqs by Osmocurator Stephanie Bakouche, who took guests on a perfumed journey from Guerlain to Paul Poiret, 1917 to the 1990s. Thankfully, so popular was the event that the day is being recreated on 27th June. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of Cremant on arrival and the ticket price includes lunch or tea at Zedel’s. This will be one very special day.


27 June 2015, 1pm - 5pm
The Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street, W1F 7ED
£99. Ticket price includes lunch or tea at Zedel’s.
— Beatrice
2nd June 2015

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