Connaught Village Festival

This week I began an internship with GAIL’s, and as part of that this week I was at the Connaught Village Festival. Before then, I didn’t even know this event existed so I wasn’t sure what to expect! As part of my intern duties I was getting content for Cocomaya as they had a stall at the festival and it was awesome to experience such a fun event happening in Central.

During the few hours I was there I had the chance to wander around to see what else was going on and I wanted to talk about some of the awesome brands and stores that were at the festival!

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Next to us we had Freddie’s Flowers, and immediately I was drawn to them by the beautiful display of peonies as they’re one of my favourite flowers! I had a lovely chat with them about their business – mainly because I was intrigued about the massive flower boxes, they’re a company that send flowers out to you weekly. On their website they say which flowers are coming up next and you can opt in and out of the service, it’s £20 for a box and you definitely get your money’s worth. If you’re a flower fanatic and want to pay a bit more for the quality this seems like a brilliant concept, plus they seem like a lovely bunch of people (pun intended). 💐

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The next stall I visited was Cawston Press because I know when you see a big can stand like that there’s a chance you can get something yummy for free, I’m savvy about these things. I also really enjoyed their design aesthetic so that piqued my interest. They had two flavours to try, Cucumber and Mint or Rhubarb and Apple. I’m not a massive cucumber fan so I went for the Rhubarb and Apple and it was really delicious, I sometimes find companies that do drinks like this don’t quite get the taste right but they’ve hit the nail on the head with these!

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I’d seen a lot of people (and dogs) walking round with real, actual flower crowns so at this point I was in need of getting one myself. Wandering a little bit further down Connaught Street I quickly came across the stand I was looking for, and many a wonderful flower in sight. The Flower Appreciation Society was the answer to all my flower crown dreams.

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The girls here were making these flower crowns essentially for free which is amazing, they asked for a small donation to the Cosmic charity if you could, and in return you received a personalised crown as you got to pick the 5 flowers that would be soon adorning your head! I found it fascinating to watch them making the crowns and happily wore mine for the rest of the day… 👑

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While waiting for my flower crown to be made I overhead a woman saying there was a photobooth around and my ears pricked up like a puppy. If you know me and my blog, you’ll know I blimmin’ love a photobooth. So having received my crown, that was my next stop!

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Even though it’s a modern digital booth that doesn’t mean I didn’t have a bit of fun in there, the guys working there had a laugh over my posing saying I knew exactly what I was doing – if only they knew…

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Throughout the afternoon a marching band was performing in and around Connaught Street which was a lovely added touch, I always find it’s really impressive to watch a troupe such as this performing and it was incredibly fitting for this area of London.

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My final stop was The Ice Cream Cab because if somewhere is giving away free cones, you don’t resist that. I love how they’ve revamped this London cab and for good reason they were incredibly popular throughout the afternoon. The flavours were very hard to pick from but I thought I’d go for the salted caramel, so yummy. 🍦

Lastly, of course I have to mention Cocomaya because their stand was certainly food porn central – just take a look at some of these sweet treats. Oh. My. Goodness.

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Also. There were SO MANY DOGS! I was particularly obsessed with this adorable dachshund, I had to ask the owner if I could take a photo. Dachshunds are my favourite.

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It’s safe to say I had a brilliant time at the Connaught Village Festival, it’s amazing to discover these events in London that I previously had no knowledge of and I’m so happy to have been introduced to these different brands! 👌🏼

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