Mark McKeown, Residential Manager of The Hyde Park Estate, talks about Connaught Village, a hidden gem near to Hyde Park in central London.
We’ve protected Connaught Village from the homogenization that has happened on many retail streets where every unit is either a chain coffee shop or an estate agent.
We want to keep the village mix, in favour of small independent retailers, art galleries, restaurants and services – it’s important to have a mix – with services such as dry cleaners alongside delis and fashion and art stores. Even with estate agents we have limited the number on the street and located them at one end.
We have kept it as a luxury and eclectic mix of shops with original designers, restaurants from around the globe, art galleries and studios – plus a couple of classic pubs. It serves the community and is the hub of a real neighbourhood – as any village should be.
Located on Connaught Street and Kendal Street, it’s remarkably quiet given that it is tucked away behind the Georgian Squares between Bayswater Road and Marble Arch – Oxford Street and Edgware Road are minutes away and yet you could be in the small village. The community is vibrant and people know each other.