Since we were going to be staying in London for 3 weeks we gave considerable thought to our choice of accommodation.
After plenty of research we decided on this Air BnB located in a mews between Paddington and Hyde Park. The central location has been very convenient for our various adventures which have mostly been in and around central London.
The definition of a mews house as described in Wikipedia:
“Mews is a primarily British term formerly describing a row of stables, usually with carriage houses below and living quarters above, built around a paved yard or court, or along a street, behind large city houses, such as those of London, during the 17th and 18th centuries. The word may also refer to the lane, alley or back street onto which such stables open. It is sometimes applied to rows or groups of garages or, more broadly, to a narrow passage or a confined place. Today most mews stables have been converted into dwellings.”
At the end of the mews where we are staying is the only remaining working stables in central London.
The view from outside our front door.
A close-up of one of the neighbours.
Looking up the mews in the opposite direction. There are many and varied plantings but virtually every property has a large potted olive tree which provides a unifying theme. Judging from size of the trunks, some of these trees are quite old. Many of them had good crops of olives on them.
The autumn foliage adds a pretty contrast.
We noticed this reminder of ‘home’ in a protected spot at the top of the mews.
The presence of the olives and callistemon thriving in and inner London mews was certainly a view that we did not expect to see when we came here.
We are off to Cambridge today so more about that tomorrow.