South Kensington walk and a sweet French surprise!

October 3, 2016 South Kensington

As late summer fades it's time for a stroll around a glamorous and French pocket of London.  I'm always drawn to anything French.   I lived there for a while and wrote about my experiences - mydreamyprovence.

One of the main reasons I come here regularly is because of two superb historical venues: The Victoria and Albert Museum and The Natural History Museum which are a short walk away.  They are a must and I will write soon about them.

But today it's all about a stroll around the elegant, exclusive and expensive middle-class urban gem that is a stones throw from Knightsbridge and Harrods.  South Kensington boasts Georgian, Regency and Victorian mansions priced anywhere between £700,000 to a steep £13,000,000.  It's a vibrant community made up of Spanish, Italians, Americans, South-Africans and Middle Easterners.  It is, however mostly known as one of the largest French communities outside France.  French presence is felt everywhere in stores, coffee shops and bistros.  The area is the home of the Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle where 3,500 students study and The French Institute; an official French government centre for language and culture.

As I wander around the beautiful streets planning my photography,  I'm starting to think that I need a little dog..... just to complete the French experience, but I settle instead for a delicious sweet treat at Maitre Choux. The first ever choux pastry patisserie, dreamed up by three michelin star pastry chef Joakin Prat is a pretty little shop housing colourful creations that melt in the mouth.  Spanish raspberry pink eclair (my favourite) and salted butter homemade caramel eclair are a few of the many choices. Enjoy one with a coffee, order them for an event or take them away in a beautiful gift box complete with flowers.  I keep going back for more........ and now they have teamed up with the luxurious Fortnum and Mason to unveil a stall there just in time for some winter creations!  So if you fancy a stylish stroll here don't forget the sweet treat a few minutes from the tube....  I never do!
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