Prince’s Gate Mews London

London’s prettiest mews streets

Wander around the streets of Kensington, Chelsea or Notting Hill and it won’t be long before you stumble across a mews street. You might not notice them at first – they’re often hidden away behind brick archways or ivy-covered entrance ways – but make the effort and you’ll discover some of the prettiest streets in London.

You’ll mostly find mews streets lying behind a row of grand townhouses. The little cottages along these streets used to be the stables for the townhouses back in the day, but nowadays they’ve been converted into multi-million pound properties that you’ll need a lottery win to afford (unless you’re Keira Knightley in Love Actually*).

Below are six of my favourite mews streets in London. Most of them are nice and close to each other in Kensington (Gloucester Road or Earl’s Court are the nearest tubes), so they make a really nice walk, particularly on a sunny day.

*If you want to see the mews where Keira’s character lived, it’s St Luke’s Mews in Notting Hill.

 

Kynance Mews

Kynance Mews London This is one of the mews you’ll see popping up all over the place on Instagram, thanks to the picture-perfect entrance and pastel-coloured cottages (plus the ivy-draped dream house in the photo above). It’s split into two sections – the shorter one to the west of Launceston Place and the longer one to the east.


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Queen’s Gate Mews

This one is just down the road from Kynance Mews and has a lovely little pub at the end, The Queen’s Arms (although be wary if you’re after lunch – last time I was there, they didn’t have about half of what was on the menu). The street is covered in cobbles and the cottages are as cute as they come. Is Queen’s Gate prettier than Prince’s Gate? I’ll leave you to decide (more on Prince’s Gate Mews below).

Atherstone Mews

Atherstone Mews London

© Everchanging Mews

Round the corner from the Natural History Museum, Atherstone Mews is one of the most colourful mews I’ve found, with houses decked out in pastel shades of blue, pink, purple and yellow.

Prince’s Gate Mews

Prince’s Gate Mews London

© Everchanging Mews

Another colourful one, Prince’s Gate Mews lies behind the V&A and is split into three sections, so it lies partly in Kensington and partly in Westminster. While I wouldn’t say no to any of the houses here, I do have a bit of a soft spot for the blue-painted one (and it has a garage! If you’ve ever tried parking around this part of London, you’ll know how amazing this is).

Ennismore Garden Mews

Ennismore Gardens Mews London

© Everchanging Mews

Two minutes’ stroll from Prince’s Gate Mews is this lovely spot, all cobbles and tiny wrought-iron balconies. Once again, I think my fantasy house would have to be the blue cottage.

Spear Mews

Just off the chaos of Earl’s Court Road (about a minute’s walk from the station) is this little oasis of calm. The cobbles, the flowers, the gorgeous houses at the end of the street – it’s a beaut.

 


Heading to London soon? Take a look at my local’s guide to London for ideas of where to go and what to see in the UK’s capital.


For further details about London’s mews, take a look at Everchanging Mews – it’s a fab website with info, history and photos of just about every mews in London.

 

City Walk App Giveaway (closed)

Fancy a slightly more in-depth walking guide next time you’re in London? Thanks to the folks at GPSmyCity app, I’ve got 20 free downloads of their self-guided walking tours to give away. There are loads to choose from, both in London and in dozens of other cities around the world – so you can opt for a walk around Bloomsbury’s museums, a stroll that takes in Bangkok’s wats and temples, or even a wine tour in Venice. Just take a look at their website for the full list and pick the one you fancy.

How to enter: All you need to do is leave a comment on this post – it’s that simple! Just remember to let me know which city you’d like the code for (if you don’t, I’ll give you a London code) and whether you’d like it for iOS or Android.

Terms & conditions: Competition closes Sunday 7th February. Codes will be sent to winners by email after closing. Codes are valid for 28 days (this is the code only, not the app – once downloaded, the app is valid forever).

24 Comments

  • Reply Svetlana January 26, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    I would so love to recieve a code for Rome. My partner of five years lives in England, whereas I live in Bulgaria. We see each other once every few months, and we often go down to London to explore the parks and tourist traps. However, we have planned a trip to Italy this year, specifically Monteriggioni and Rome, and I would love to have a guide for such a large city! <3

    • Laura
      Reply Laura January 26, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      Hi Svetlana – hope you enjoy your trip to Rome, it’s my favourite city! I’ll get your code sent out once the giveaway closes.

      • Reply Svetlana February 11, 2016 at 6:36 pm

        I got my code – thank you so, so, so much! ^^

        • Laura
          Reply Laura February 14, 2016 at 10:03 pm

          You’re welcome! Enjoy Rome!

  • Reply Laura January 27, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Every time I see streets like that, I instantly want to move there. These streets are so quaint and perfect looking, who wouldn’t want to live there. Too bad they’re super expensive.

    • Laura
      Reply Laura February 3, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Hey, one lottery win and you’ll be in 😉

  • Reply Melissa January 27, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Wow! I absolutely LOVE this post! Thank you for showcasing all of the lovely locations to walk around London–they were great choices! I hope you had a lovely time exploring, and I look forward to visiting a few of these streets on my next visit! 🙂

    • Laura
      Reply Laura February 3, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks Melissa! I love the mews streets, they’re so quaint and calm compared to most of London.

  • Reply Laura January 27, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    I’d love a code for Nice, France for iOS! It’d be great to help explore the city.

    • Laura
      Reply Laura February 3, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Hi Laura – no worries, I’ll get your code sent out as soon as the giveaway closes 🙂

  • Reply Madi | Restless Worker January 28, 2016 at 3:11 am

    I had no idea these existed! They are such beautifully quaint streets, how English. Definitely going to write these down for later. Thanks 🙂

    • Laura
      Reply Laura February 3, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      No problem, enjoy discovering them!

  • Reply melody pittman January 30, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    OMG, so disappointed that I have never strolled Mews before! I will certainly save this info for my next London visit, which will be soon I hope. Love that city and you’ve given me a great addition to look forward to. 😉

    • Laura
      Reply Laura February 3, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks Melody, hope you have some time to explore them next time you’re in the city!

  • Reply Kristen Sarra February 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I spend 12 weeks out of the year in London love wandering down the mews. I’ve stayed in several AirBnB homes that had dwindling ivy covering the facade!

    • Laura
      Reply Laura February 3, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      Oh, I love cute AirBnB properties. I spend hours on that site looking at all the cool places to stay!

  • Reply Marge Gavan February 3, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I don’t really know what a Mew street is but goddang it’s lovely! From the design of the architecture to the pastel colors, it’s really what I would call, instagrammable. I’d most probably take pictures like crazy if I ever get there.

    • Laura
      Reply Laura February 3, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      Haha, they’re incredibly Instagrammable! Don’t think I’ve ever walked down one without wanting to get my camera out and take a few snaps!

  • Reply Becky February 4, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    These streets all look so pretty! I’ll have to check some out on my next visit to London. It would be great to have a code for Verona if possible? (IOS please). Thanks!

  • Reply Julie February 6, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Happy memories of our day out together, Laura! As I’m off to Madrid to celebrate a milestone(!) Birthday, I would love an ios code for Madrid. X

  • Reply Sharon Kemmett August 31, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Hello, Laura,
    I stumbled across your post about Mews streets and was fascinated to find Ennismore Gardens Mews on your list. My Great Great Grandfather lived at 13 Ennismore Mews in 1891. Are they the same place, do you think, or a street over? (I’m not very good at navigating Google maps, sorry.) My favourite colour is blue, too, and Dad painted our first house, here in Australia, blue. Thankyou for the lovely pictures. Regards, Sharon.

    • Laura
      Reply Laura November 14, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      Hi Sharon! Glad you liked the post, Ennismore Mews is just around the corner from Ennismore Garden Mews, so it’s very close by! It’s also very pretty, I will be sure to check out number 13 next time I am around!

  • Reply kenza October 6, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    I just moved out to London so this article will definitely be useful !
    Thank you for this. 🙂

    Kenza from http://travelwithkenza.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Laura
      Reply Laura November 14, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy exploring London, it’s such a great city 🙂

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