As late summer fades it's time for a stroll around a glamorous and French pocket of London. Â I'm always drawn to anything French. Â 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. Â 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. Â South Kensington boasts Georgian, Regency and Victorian mansions priced anywhere between Â£700,000 to a steep Â£13,000,000. Â It's a vibrant community made up of Spanish, Italians, Americans, South-Africans and Middle Easterners. Â It is, however mostly known as one of the largest French communities outside France. Â French presence is felt everywhere in stores, coffee shops and bistros. Â 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, Â 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. Â 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. Â 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! Â So if you fancy a stylish stroll here don't forget the sweet treat a few minutes from the tube.... Â I never do!