Autumn in London is full of lovely little treats. Pumpkin spice lattes, red leaves, cosy mittens and, luckily for me, it’s my birthday! To celebrate my special day, I booked some time off work and spent the day in Connaught Village with my friend and fellow blogger Albertine.
Connaught Village is a leafy haven in the heart of the West End. Though its central location is just minutes from Oxford Street, it’s a tranquil escape from the usual shopping bustle. We spent the day strolling through the quaintly English village of pastel-coloured houses, shopping in the boutiques and relaxing in the gardens.
If you’re looking for a day of luxurious living then here are my recommendations for what to do in Connaught Village…
In the morning we popped in to PM Flowers which was the most Instagram-worthy florist I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. The bouquets were a tad on the pricey side but the arrangements were very unique and full of exotic flowers (and the pink painted walls were just the coolest). Just a short walk from the florist is the Lucy Choi boutique where I found my dream shoes. Can we just take a minute to appreciate how beautiful these pink and gold stilettos are…
After lusting over stilettos at Lucy Choi we visited Me and Em which is my new favourite concept boutique full of contemporary and classic pieces. I couldn’t resist this cable knit jumper, it’s made of merino wool so it’s super soft and perfect for feeling cosy on an autumn day. The antique blush and soft white shades are beautiful and seeing the rails filled with neutral tones made me want to turn my wardrobe at home into a capsule collection. Clothing goals here I come!
Connaught Village is full of lovely places to take photographs. The pristine white rows of buildings are perfect for those street style shots and the quiet mews tucked away from the main road are full of pastel-coloured houses and pretty cobbled streets. If you’re looking for Instagram-fodder then you have to stop by Cocomaya for cakes, pick up a bouquet at PM Flowers and stroll down the mews.
I spent all day walking and thanks to my new Roccamore heeled boots I didn’t get tired being on my feet! I didn’t believe a comfortable and gorgeous pair of shoes could exist but here they are. If you’re a Londoner with a busy lifestyle like me then these are a must have.
From lunch to afternoon tea then dinner and cocktails, we were spoilt for choice when it came to deciding where to eat in Connaught Village. I had lunch at Stuzzico – a small Italian restaurant on Kendal Street. I must admit the interior is a little odd. It’s decked out with retro record wall art so when you arrive you’ll probably be thinking “am I in the right place?” as it doesn’t seem like a usual photo-ready blogger recommendation. But the food here is amazingly authentic Italian so stop by for a bowl of pasta to refuel before continuing your shopping.
We also went to Coco Maya for a coffee and some cakes. The bakery is renowned for their pink pistachio and rose cakes which are deliciously fragrant. The pecan cakes were my favourite as they reminded me of autumn holidays in the Lake District where we used to eat sticky toffee puddings after long walks. If you just fancy a pint then The Duke of Kendal is a charming pub in the centre of the street.
For dinner we had heard everyone raving about the sushi pizza at Kurobuta so despite being very full already we headed there for dinner (it’s a hard life isn’t it). We enjoyed cocktails and sushi until it got quite late and we realised our day had just flown by.
Connaught Village wouldn’t be complete without hair and beauty salons for their chic clientele. We went to a boutique Kendal Street salon called Fé Hair & Beauty for a morning manicure. My new red nails matched my lipstick and Radley bag perfectly. Et Voila, my autumn look was complete!
Have you been to Connaught Village? Comment below to let me know where I should go on my next visit!