Tucked away between Bayswater and Marble Arch, and a short stroll from Hyde Park is W2’s jewel in the crown Connaught Village. With the Connaught Village Summer Festival taking place this Wednesday 22nd June, now is the perfect time to visit and soak up the atmosphere of this gorgeous little enclave. Read our guide to Connaught Village to find out more…
What is Connaught Village?
Connaught Village in the heart of the Hyde Park Estate is a treasure trove of independent shops, art galleries and restaurants. The shopping experience here is a world away from its close neighbour Oxford Street. There’s no hustle and bustle or big retail brands here, just relaxed browsing, designer labels and leisurely international dining.
Where is Connaught Village?
Connaught Village is situated mainly on Connaught Street, although it also encompasses surrounding streets such as Kendal Street, Porchester Place and Albion Place. The nearest Tube Station is Marble Arch on the Central Line, just a few minutes walk away. You can also catch one of the many buses that go down Edgware Road or along Bayswater Road and walk up Connaught Square.
Shopping in Connaught Village
Connaught Village boasts a wide range of exclusive boutiques. Ladies fashions include Kokoro whose patterned designs have recently been sported by Naga Munchetty on BBC Breakfast.
If shoes are your thing, head to designer Lucy Choi who has taken over the store once inhabited by her uncle Jimmy Choo. Since opening in September 2015 Lucy is already making waves with a celebrity fanbase including Cheryl, Millie Mackintosh and Mollie King.
Me+Em is a luxury-clothing brand providing wardrobe staples that can be worn all day; its aim is ‘effortless simplicity.’
Brides to be should head to Ritva Westenius, London’s leading wedding dress designer with over 35 years of experience and a reputation for creating top quality bridal couture.
Lovers of vintage should make a special trip to The Dresser, one of London’s leading second hand designer resale shops with vintage women’s and menswear from labels such as Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, YSL, Dior, Prada, Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney. As you’d expect, stock doesn’t hang around for long so regular visits are recommended!
Connaught Village Art Galleries
Connaught Village is home to three very different art galleries. Indar Pasricha is one of London’s leading dealers of South Asian art specialising in the Indian sub-continent. Mark Gallery specialises in French and Russion icons such as lithographs, etchings and prints from 16th century onwards. Park Gallery is a fine art dealer displaying contemporary Arab art from the Middle East and North Africa.
Connaught Village Restaurants and cafes
Connaught Village is a foodie heaven with a huge range of specialist outlets. Abasto is an Argentinian butchers that also stocks a huge range of Argentinian produce and wine. Its neighbour Casa Malevo, run by renowned chef Diego Jacquet is a pure celebration of Argentinian cuisine.
Kurobuta is a new Japanese restaurant run by Scott Hallworth, the former head chef of Nobu and Wabi. A traditional Japanese style pub or izakaya and open all day, Kurobota offers Japanese patisserie and teas for breakfast, bento boxes for lunch and traditional Japanese dishes and desserts for dinner.
Salt & Honey on Sussex Place is a neighbourhood bistro run by Kiwi chef Tyler Martin. The menu includes a hint of Martin’s New Zealand roots, but also showcases the best of the British and western European seasonal larder. Although dining is relaxed you may spot a few famous faces in here.
If Persian cuisine gets your taste buds firing, you have the choice of two restaurants on Connaught Street: Colbeh or Pardis.
Stuzzico on Kendal Street is a much loved local Italian, open all day, 6-days a week. The food is exquisite, traditional and served with care and finesse.
Buchanans Cheesemonger is a purveyor of artisan cheese from Great Britain and Europe. As wholesalers to the upper tier of the London restaurant scene they stock a specially selected range of cheese from their on site maturing rooms – guaranteed to be at its very best that day.
A particular favourite in our office is Cocomaya Bakery, recently relaunched under the management of another London favourite GAILS bakery. The cakes and pastries on display in this lovely café are simply stunning and it’s no wonder that they also supply Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason.
Connaught Village Summer Festival
This week sees the annual Connaught Village Summer Festival on Wednesay 22 June from 2pm – 8pm with more events than ever before. Highlights include the Connaught Village children’s art competition and Hyde Park Vet’s dog show.
Many of the restaurants will be holding tasting events and there is live music at the Band Stand, opening with a marching brass band at 2pm.
Kids activities include free face painting, giant games in the garden, candyfloss, popcorn and a vintage fire engine.
Fashionistas can also take advantage of the fashion stands and special offers on the day such as bespoke jewellery engraving.
Follow @Connaught_Vil on Twitter for the latest event updates or visit the Connaught Village website.
We hope the great British weather holds out for the Festival!