One of London’s hidden gems, the beautiful Connaught Village near Hyde Park has everything a bride needs to plan a five star wedding! Here are just some of the shops to browse…
Eliza Jane Howell
Having gained international success as a designer of occasion wear collections, Gill Harvey founded her label ‘Eliza Jane Howell’ in 2012 and is now stocked worldwide. Located in the heart of Connaught Village, the flagship boutique certainly shares a refined and quaint affinity with its surrounding area.
Exhibiting Harvey’s glamorous sense of style, both the Eliza Jane Howell and original Gill Harvey collections can be found in-store. You’ll find demure bridalwear and outfits for wedding guests, the mother of the bride and bridesmaids. There are also luxurious one-off evening dresses and vintage inspired accessories, from fascinators to clutch bags and costume jewellery.
All collections are designed in-house by Gill Harvey and the gowns are hand beaded using exquisite techniques and patterns. Make an impact in a special piece from the collection; perfect for weddings, races, red carpet events and any other special occasion you may have on the horizon.
The beautiful store of award-winning bridal designer Ritva Westenius is the perfect place to explore the elegance and simplicity of her Royal Ballet-influenced designs. Since 1977 the British couturier has been creating individual pieces from luxurious French and Italian fabrics. With a Haute Couture Atelier, the Ritva Westenius boutique is one of London’s most magnificent bridal destinations.
Prewett Miller Flowers
Since 1966, boutique florists Prewett Miller Flowers have delivered the best in exotic plants and flowers. Priding themselves on the quality of both the products used and the spectacular arrangements, PM Flowers ensure every bouquet is unique. They also have a wide range of additional cards and gifts to suit all occasions.
Fe Hair and Beauty
This boutique salon offers specialist hair, beauty and make-up services. The salon uses specialist brands including Bioloustre, Kerastase and YonKa. Beauty services include manicures, bespoke make-up, eyebrow threading, waxing and semi-permanent make-up and permanent hair removal. Special hair treatments include Yuko, a permanent Japanese hair straightening technique; Olaplex conditioning treatment to recondition the hair whilst adding incredible shine and manageability; and Hair Botox, a treatment that reconstructs the hair and provides frizz-free locks for all hair types.
Try their Acupuncture and Japanese Facial Lifting Massage by accredited therapist Tomoko, a member of the Complementary Therapists Association.
With a wide selection of artisan cheeses sourced and matured from the UK and Europe, Buchanans Cheesemonger is a true centre of excellence for all things cheese. Proud of their bespoke approach, staff at Buchanans place their focus firmly on delicious food and personal service. Established by Rhuaridh, who has spent most of the last decade training and working with world famous cheesemongers, a visit to the Porchester Place store and tasting rooms is a must for any artisan food lover.
Mixing tradition with innovation, Connaught Cellars offers a unique range of carefully selected wines from France and Italy. Step inside this French style wine shop where you’ll find everything from prestigious bottles to interesting regional grapes produced by acclaimed wine makers. Discover their downstairs tasting room, which can be booked for wine tastings and private parties. Director David Farber has a vast experience in wine portfolio management and his friendly team is sure to advise you on the best wine, whether it’s for a formal occasion or a dinner with friends.
Find out more about visiting Connaught Village at connaught-village.co.uk!