I love exploring different parts of London any chance I get. Lately, I have been obsessed with London’s Mews.
The term “mews” is a British word used to describe a row of stables, typically with carriage houses on the bottom with living spaces up top. Historically, mews tended to have been built around or behind large London houses during the 17th and 18th centuries as a place for horses to be stored.
They became known as ‘mews’ after the Royal Mews, a huge stables on today’s Trafalgar Square. This term (technically, it is a plural word, but singular in construction [thank you 6th grade English!]) comes from the original use of the stable buildings, which was to house the king’s falcon. Falcons molt (or, mew), and their location became known as a mews.
Today, they’re mostly just ridiculously cute little neighborhoods comprised of homes converted from the old stables. Basically, these are all #housegoals.
Holland Park Mews:
Can you see the little tiny Harry Potter-esque doors under the stairs? Those are for their garbage cans. It doesn’t get much classier than that, folks.
St. Luke’s Mews:
Another thing I really like about these hidden mews is how colorful they can be.
And then, after the happy pastel-colored homes, you have darkness. Do you think this color was in response to those above? Rebel.
When you love this country so much you paint your entire building so all your neighbors know
This is another “when you love London soooo much you decide to declare it loud and proud on your building so all your neighbors know” shot.
I love this mural! If you look closely, you can see London’s famous landmarks, such as the Tower of London, Canary Wharf, the Gherkin, the River Thames, and more!
I was a tad bit annoyed that the owner decided to park his car right in front of his house on a Sunday morning, blocking my shot. Doesn’t he have better things to do than stay at home?! How rude!
And right next to all the madness was this quiet little home:
St. Stephen’s Mews:
To see Part II of London Mews, click here.