The capital’s quaint mews streets offer relief from our city’s urban edge. Emma Geary from Instagram account @MewsingsLdn picks her favourites
Warren Mews, Warren Street
The Euston Road is the ultimate artery of the city, gridlocked with buses, tourists and those scrambling between Euston and King’s Cross. One street away is Warren Mews. It can be spotted through a square archway, like peering into a portal to the countryside, or back in time.
Holland Park Mews, Holland Park
Holland Park Mews has a compelling geometry and formalism. It’s the attention to detail that makes each house so attractive: the stairways, the doors set perfectly into the facades, the wrought- iron balconies and perfect textural brickwork. They’re like a child’s drawing of houses!
St Luke's Mews, Notting Hill
St Luke’s Mews is the most iconic in London: every home is painted – cobbles to roof – in mauves, grey-blacks, teal blues and adorable pinks. It’s where Keira Knightley’s character in ‘Love Actually’ lives, and couples from around the world have got engaged here.
Codrington Mews, Ladbroke Grove
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Nowhere in London possesses murals quite like Codrington Mews! XL Recordings is based here, and its studio is covered with the artwork from Thom Yorke’s ‘The Eraser’ album, while the front is slicked with the art of The XX’s ‘Coexist’. It’s cool, modern and fresh.
Kynance Mews, South Kensington
This is another iconic mews. The cobbled street winds so you can get lost in it without a glimpse of the main roads at either end. It reflects the seasons, with bursts of wisteria in the spring, ruddy red hues in autumn and wreaths adorning each door at Christmas. It’s truly romantic.
Sussex Mews West, Lancaster Gate
This is one of my favourites: the mews are coupled to create incredible, manor-house-style homes. They’re more elegant than the rambling kind you see. The owner of this one complements the olive- tree paintwork with little Provençale details such as overhanging window boxes and ceramic pots.
See more glorious London mews on the MewsingsLdn Instagram account.