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Through the Back Streets & the Mews - Little Observationist
Unlike New York and a lot of other big cities, London’s streets aren’t on much of a grid system. I love this because you can be walking quite aimlessly and stumble upon a garden square with only one exit street or a lovely mews where neat rows of tiny houses are tucked away behind the larger ones on the main roads. Mews tend to have a lot more character with clusters of garden pots outdoors and doors painted in different colours. Back in the 17th-18th centuries, the mews used to be for stables that had carriage houses below and homes above. Most of them have been converted now. Back in 2012, Jorge and I stumbled upon Cranley Mews in SW7 near Knightsbridge. I remembered taking photos of a bright red and black house (which has now been painted a more subtle colour). On Saturday morning, I woke to the clip clop of horses trotting down our street from the nearby riding school and headed out for a morning walk. I came across the same mews. I walked down there again and a few others around the area, just meandering though the side streets, soaking up the bright rays of sun and all of the …