Duke Street is reopening on the 8th of July! Our flagship store has always felt like the beating heart of Penelope Chilvers, so we’re really excited to be welcoming you all back through the doors again. When we launched Duke Street we wanted to create a space that could deliver a luxury experience that felt accessible and welcoming, so it’s been strange not having that interaction with our customers over the last year. We can’t wait to have you all back and re-open just in time for the launch of our Autumn collection. And for those of you who've been patiently waiting for the chance to use our in-store bespoke slipper service, a ritual unique to Duke Street, the wait is over!
To celebrate this month's reunion we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite spots in the neighbourhood. Mayfair is one of those places that has an air of magic about it; bordering leafy Hyde Park and filled with Georgian houses, luxury stores and some of the city’s most famous restaurants and hotels — it is a place that’s all about pleasure. So this little black book is a guide to some of its most fabulous spots to eat, drink and visit! A chance to really celebrate this neighbourhood and its long-awaited return...
The Places You’ll Go…
Selfridges is such a big part of Mayfair’s story. The trailblazer for retail as we know it — started by Harry Gordon Selfridge, the store was designed to make shopping feel like a luxury rather than a chore, and years later, it still does just that! Perfectly placed opposite our Duke Street store, we’d always recommend dropping by visiting the two together! This month don’t miss their Hurr Collective Pop Up on the 3rd floor, giving customers a chance to rent pieces handpicked by Selfridges buying team starting from £20.00 for a four day rental, a marriage of style and sustainability!
Marchesi 1824 is one of Milan's oldest cafés, so-called after the year it opened, and it came to Mount Street a couple of years ago. The brand, now owned by Prada, is the epitome of style; filled with antique-inspired vitrines, mosaic tiles, marble-topped tables and delicious green velvet chairs. Handcrafted treats include fluffy, chantilly cream-filled cakes, truly fluffy meringues, which happen to be enormous, and their infamous Italian panettone. Alongside all these delicacies they happen to do the fanciest flat whites in London making them the perfect spot for a morning coffee break. Post coffee don't miss a wander down Mount Street, which has some of the biggest names in luxury fashion gracing beautiful listed shop fronts on either side.
The Royal Academy is one of our favourite places to visit, and as galleries go, it’s pretty breathtaking! Framed by a grand entrance, high ceilings and a beautiful courtyard, it’s the perfect balance of grandeur, without being stuffy. A true working academy, the space is an oasis of creativity tucked behind all the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly. And this Summer the academy is exhibiting one of our favourite painters — David Hockney. The Arrival of Spring is a series of pieces painted by Hockney on his Ipad whilst he was locked down in Normandy, featuring his signature paint flicks and colours exuding all the hopefulness of Spring.
Berkeley Square, one of London’s most beautiful garden Squares and a treasured haven of green for those in the know. Surrounded by beautiful buildings, London institutions such as Annabels and just a stones throw from all the bustle of Shepherd's Market. But, its best feature are its benches, each one is dedicated to the memory of people who have enjoyed the space over the years. Known as the Benches for Berkeley Square project, the memorials make it a great spot to spend fifteen minutes walking through, reading the plaques and getting lost in all the bygone glamour of Mayfair.
Claridge's, the Fumoir bar at Claridge's is one of those must-visit London spots, a great place to sneak off to for a pre-show cocktail or to celebrate life’s little triumphs. Hidden behind a discreet glass door at the hotel’s famous entrance there is something quite voyeuristic about the Fumoir — it feels like a place in which you can really get lost in. With dark cosy corners and plush interiors, all framed by aubergine gilded walls and vintage flecked mirrors, it’s opulence at it’s finest and a great spot to sip on a truly fancy cocktail.
Cecconi's always manages to make us feel like we’re actually in Italy, their striped awnings, sumptuous green bar stools, beautiful lighting and bustling service team transport you to Milan, all from a little corner spot of Burlington Gardens. Our recommended spot for lunch or dinner — for lunch dine outside on their pavement style al fresco seats, for dinner get the full experience indoors nestled between marble, leather and dark wood. All of the pasta dishes are a masterpiece and you don’t want to miss their signature burrata either.