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.
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.
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).
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
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
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.
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).