The prettiest mews in London

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While London’s best neighbourhoods are brimming with bustling high streets, fully-booked restaurants and rowdy pubs, look a little closer and you’ll find peace among the chaos. As well as secret gardens and tucked-away outdoor terraces, the capital is filled with historic streets that time forgot and places that don’t feel like London. Head off the main strips and you’ll find cobbled mews and charming cul-de-sacs where plants cascade down sweet former stables and carriage houses. Here are 10 of our favourite mews in London.

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    Bathurst Mews

    Nearest tube station: Lancaster Gate

    Hidden among the backstreets of Bayswater, this nostalgic spot is heaving with history. One of the largest mews in London, it contains 65 properties, ranging from quaint terraced houses to fully functioning stables. Famous for having the last two riding schools in central London, the mews also survived a bomb that went off on nearby Westbourne Terrace in 1940.

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    Drayson Mews

    Nearest tube station: High Street Kensington

    Originally stable and coach houses for the large homes on either side, now Drayson Mews has come into its own. Colourful garage doors line the cobbles, and windows overflow with hanging plants. Just off Holland Street in Kensington, this pretty corner emanates a sense of comfort among the surrounding mansion houses.

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    Reece Mews and Kendrick Mews

    Nearest tube station: South Kensington

    While Reece Mews is more traditional with its two-storey houses framed by potted trees, follow the street round and you’ll find Kendrick Mews with its vibrant painted brickwork and bright façades. Located in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, these two streets are comparatively small, with only 16 and seven properties respectively.

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    Queen’s Gate Mews

    Nearest tube station: Gloucester Road

    This delightful cul-de-sac is arguably one of London’s most sought-after mews. Madonna and Guy Ritchie owned a property on the street, while scenes from films such as Layer Cake starring Daniel Craig and The Bank Job with Jason Statham have been shot here. After pootling down the lane, stop at The Queen’s Arms for open fires, dark wood and hearty pub food.

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    Spear Mews

    Nearest tube station: Earl’s Court Station

    Just off Templeton Place, this street is a peaceful respite from bustling Earl’s Court. Mosey around the cream-coloured houses before wandering off to find any of the area’s beautiful garden squares or pop into the boutique stores and coffee shops nearby.

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    Holland Park Mews

    Nearest tube station: Holland Park Station

    Built in the 1860s and 1870s, this pretty street has white-brick façades and dangling vines. Enter through the west entrance to admire the Grade II-listed arch, built in 1862. It has been used as a location in many films and television series throughout the years, most notably 1969’s Crossplot, starring Roger Moore, and the 1968 movie Corruption.

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    Stanhope Mews South

    Nearest tube station: Gloucester Road

    Not far from Queen’s Gate Mews, this cul-de-sac lies just off Gloucester Road. One of three (including Stanhope Mews East and West), this is the most picturesque, with plenty of greenery and handsome doorways. Follow with a trip to one of London’s best museums – the mews is around the corner from the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and V&A.

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    Warren Mews

    Nearest tube station: Great Portland Street

    Among the brightly coloured houses and graffiti-strewn walls of Camden, this secret lane can be easily missed. The entrance is hidden beneath a black-painted building on Warren Street. Snap a few photographs before popping into Rebecca Cossack’s gallery to browse the artwork on nearby Conway Street.

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    Kynance Mews

    Nearest tube station: Gloucester Road

    Beneath vine-covered arches, residential Kynance Mews curves to end in a cul-de-sac. Although built in the 1860s, the arches became Grade II-listed in 1973, and have since become a popular pit-stop for those pottering around South Kensington.

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    St Luke’s Mews

    Nearest tube station: Westbourne Park Station

    Recognise this street? It was used for the legendary Love Actually scene in which Andrew Lincoln’s character admits his love for Keira Knightley’s. Houses on the romantic cobblestone mews are painted everything from midnight blue to baby pink and powdery lilac. One of the most photographed streets in London, St Luke’s Mews with its iron-wrought balconies is in Notting Hill.

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