By Koray Hussein
It’s no secret that I love to walk around London with a camera in one hand and a bottle of AriZona green tea in the other (alright, maybe that second part isn’t that well known) and one of the main reasons for that is the fact that London is filled to the brim with beautifully quaint roads, streets and mews. Street photography in this city is such a joy.
… So I took it upon myself to think of my five favourite streets in the entire city and put them into a London Five list. I was a little unsure what to call it as “My 5 Favourite Streets In London” is a pretty shit title whilst “London’s 5 Prettiest Streets” would only welcome trolls complaining that their favourite street didn’t make the list. I ended up going with 5 of London’s Prettiest Streets as it is both accurate and leaves room for another list
if when I stumble upon five more streets that fit this title.
Anyway, here re the five streets that made the first cut and if you can think of any other streets that should make the next one then let us know in the comments or over on our Twitter.
Holland Park Mews
This list is in no particular order but if you were to put a gun to my head (you bastard), then I would probably go with Holland Park Mews as my favourite street in all of London. You feel the sense of community just by walking down it and the fact that it is literally a two minute walk from the serine Kyoto Gardens is just icing on the cake. It is just so damn peaceful and above all, pretty.
Kelly Street feels very out of place to me. Sure, we all know that Camden is chock full of gorgeous and expensive streets (not to mention Primrose Hill) but it’s only a stones throw away from the main road and should not feel as peaceful (there’s that word again) as it does. It’s as if the noise from Kentish Town Road politely tiptoes in the other direction so it doesn’t disturb Kelly.
I’m definitely going to be updating the header image for this entry once the warmer months roll in as Kelly Street in the spring/summer is absolutely beautiful.
I found Kynance Mews purely by accident whilst roaming around South Kensington, taking some shots for our Instagram page. I peered through the arches and was greeted with a (I want to say peaceful again but I’ll go with…) tranquil mews wearing green and in the shadow of Christ Church Kensington. I walked the entire length, forgetting to take a single picture as I looked around in awe before being greeted with a wall. It had to be one of the only times I’ve ever been happy to walk into a dead end, as it just meant that I could walk the entire mews again… and actually take some pictures too.
Now, I know a lot of people will disagree with me on this one but there’s just something about Shad Thames that I find inherently pleasing on the eye and if you ever get the chance to walk down there during a sunset, with the sun peaking through the foot bridges, I’m sure you’ll see why.
St Lukes Mews
Yes, another mews. St Lukes Mews is probably London’s most famous and photographed mews and with good reason. The houses have so much character and that archway at the end with the bicycle that never seems to move, frames the street perfectly.
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