Connaught Village is the Hyde Park Estate’s luxury retail quarter and one of London’s hidden gems – an oasis of calm, near to Hyde Park and a short walk from Marble Arch and Oxford Street. The Village is home to an exclusive mix of independent retailers including Lucy Choi, ME+EM and Simon Burstein’s The Place London for Women and Men.
You’ll find an eclectic mix of stores with their own unique range of the latest fashions and the finest in vintage couture such as The Dresser, plus some of London’s best restaurants where you can sample a varied selection of the globes’ cuisines. Just like in the 1960s, the Village is still home to a great selection of galleries, studios, art dealers and designers ranging from the traditional to the contemporary.
Connaught Village welcomes Marion Ayonote
Connaught Village is proud to announce that luxury London label, Marion Ayonote, has opened its first ever store at 9 Porchester Place in the heart of the Hyde Park Estate. Founded in 2000, Marion offers exquisite, innovative footwear for men and women, as well as quirky yet chic accessories such as handbags, wallets and belts.
A Cordwainers alumna, Marion is an award-winning footwear and accessories expert, drawing inspiration from her heritage and travel experiences.
Marion’s eponymous brand is renowned for its bold, bright and vertiginous heels made of exotic materials, all with the signature turquoise top piece. Described as “an accessory lover’s dream label” by British Vogue, Marion Ayonote’s couture shoes are handmade in England and are favourites on the red carpet having been seen on celebrities such as Tyra Banks, Kelly Clarkson, Whitney Port and Danny Huston.
Joining existing independent fashion boutiques including Lucy Choi, ME+EM, Kokoro and The Place London for Men and Women, Marion Ayonote’s designs will strengthen the fashion offering in Connaught Village.
Menswear Buyers Club joins Connaught Village
Menswear Buyers Club – a prime fashion destination for the modern gentlemen – has recently opened in Connaught Village, at 35 Connaught Street. Stocking quality brands such as Eduard Dressler, Frank Clegg, Orian and Loake, Menswear Buyers Club offers a handpicked selection of suits, shirts, knitwear, shoes and accessories.
Not only a store, Menswear Buyers Club is also a club that is free to join and entitles its members to purchase quality menswear at a preferential rate. Becoming a member is very simple; men sign up by email and will automatically be enrolled, receiving monthly alerts for special products and in-store offers.
Welcoming Connaught Wine Cellars
The latest addition to the Village’s unique range of food and drink spots, Connaught Wine Cellars is now open at 8 Porchester Place. Founded eight years ago by Director David Farber, as a private wine portfolio management company, Connaught Wine Cellars has now opened its first wine shop in the heart of Connaught Village.
The brand originally developed into a private wine club, giving members a chance to experience and enjoy wines at trade prices (with easy delivery options), however, with demand increasing, the company teamed up with Thierry Tomasin, owner of Angelus restaurant and began importing directly from a variety of acclaimed French and Italian producers.
Step inside this wine shop and discover their selection of French and Italian wines at trade prices – their range spanning from regional grapes to rare bottles produced by award-winning wine makers. Head downstairs where you’ll find an atmospheric tasting room that can be booked for tastings and private parties.
“The aim of Connaught Wine Cellars is to shine a light of the exciting innovation of Old World winemakers. We seek to balance our range with prestigious bottles, interesting regional grapes, and maverick wine makers who don’t always play by the rules – Tradition and innovation side by side. We offer serious wines but never take ourselves too seriously, wine is for enjoyment, best wines are the ones shared with friends, you will always be welcomed with a smile at Connaught Cellars.”