Linda Pilkington

Linda Pilkington is the owner and creator of Ormonde Jayne—an independent British perfume house. Ormonde Jayne specializes and is renowned for using exotic hard-to-find ingredients not widely used in the perfume industry today like Black Hemlock, Tiare, Champace and Tolu. Over a ten-year period the company has gone from strength to strength, developing and perfecting their offer. All the products are hand made in the London studio and delivered to the two London stores in Old Bond Street and Sloane Square. Ormonde Jayne also staffs a concession in Harrods and an online shopping service at The business is self-funding and does not have any outside investors. Jayne has been able to grow the company slowly and never had to compromise on quality and productivity for the sake of a financial return. One aspect of Ormonde Jayne is the new and innovative “Perfume Portrait”. Clients are invited to smell raw ingredients, rather like the experience of having a bespoke perfume created; only the idea is to lead the client to the perfect Ormonde Jayne scent.

Where were you born ?
Rural Cheshire, England
How long in London:
17 years, my first friend was Sara—she is still my best friend, I can’t shake her off!
Primrose Hill
Favorite Restaurant:
Chez Papa, Paris (Moroccan food)
Best Sushi:
Zuma, Knightsbridge
Best Ethnic Food:
Mangal Turkish Restaurant
Best Italian:
Aurora, Dover Street
Best place for late night dining:
Room Service at The Savoy
Best dessert:
River Café, Almond and Pear Tart
Best place for a romantic date:
Roof top Topaki Restaurant in Istanbul
Best Sunday brunch:
La Fromagerie, Marylebone
Best place for a power business meeting:
Browns Hotel, one minute from our boutique.
All-around favorite spot in London:
Top of Primrose Hill at the crack of dawn.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Blake’s in Kensington
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Graff, Old Bond Street
Best Spa:
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
Favorite Charity Event:
Children In Need
Favorite Cultural Event:
Proms Royal Albert Hall
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Best Aspect of London:
Architecture, probably the best in the world.
Best Steakhouse:
Gaucho in The City
Best Pizza:
Franca Manca
Best Lunch:
La Petite Maison London
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Brisk walk in the park.
Best Broadway show:
The Lion King,(for my children)
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