Even though I have lived in London for 5 five years there are still many corners of London I have yet to discover. A few weeks ago I got to discover the area of Belgravia and Knightsbridge through the Macarons and Mews tour hosted by Yannick from London unravelled. We all met at Hyde Park station and after introductions and a brief history of the area. This included No 1 London, I can’t believe that is a real address but it was Apsley House, one that I have seen so many times but never knew what it was.
Myself, Cara, Angie and Sam were all keen to get going to check out these famous Mews and of course the Macarons. Now I am going to admit it, I always thought Macarons were called mac-a-roons but apparently I’ve been saying (and spelling) it all wrong! They are pronounced mac-a-ron (in a posh French accent) which I practiced for the rest of the weekend.
Our first stop was around Grosvenor, a place I’d heard of but never been to. To say the houses were outstanding is an understatement, there were loads of embassies around there as well so it was pretty quiet on the weekend. We entered a small street and were graced with our first mews of the walking tour.
It was adorable and quite unbelievable that we were in London. Also the cutest little pub appeared at the end of the mews, The Grenadier which is supposedly haunted. We then entered a red door that I would normally just walk past and not dare enter but we did and we were graced with another gorgeous little mews on the other side.
The wisteria was on full show as well and the spring flowers were in full bloom.
After walking through our first mews we were so keen to see more, Yannick took us down some alley ways, past a wedding and a church to our next mews. These little mews are totally hidden away and it truly feels like you are in a tiny little English town somewhere far far away from the bustling city of London, not a siren in ear shot.
We were starting to get a little hungry at this point and it was a good thing that Pierre Hermes was right around the corner, our first macaron (posh French accent) stop. I had never been around this part of town and it was full of very interesting people and flash cars. The staff member at Pierre Hermes was really welcoming and helpful and chatted to us for awhile as well as giving us a few free samples. I went for the passionfruit macaron and it was a great start. It was so sweet, melt in your mouth goodness. From all accounts everyones macarons were amazing. Aren’t they so pretty?
We took a short stroll to our next stop which had these gorgeous macarons. These were the prettiest of the whole tour I think. I went for the Banana flavoured which I adored. You can really see the attention to detail and they are presented in such a way you almost want to buy them all!
Here is a little clue as to where the next stop was not so far away. On a sunny day this spot is just lovely, now to just get rid of all the people it would be perfect. Inside the hustle and bustle there is the most beautiful food court area where we chose our next batch of macarons.
For my next macaron I chose the coconut chocolate, without doubt this was the best macaron choice of the day. Coconut and chocolate you just can’t go wrong. They were also the BIGGEST macaron of the day too.
Our final stop was the famous Laduree. I’ve always wanted to visit this icon but never have so I was really pleased when we arrived. Even from the entrance (seen below) you just know this place is going to be grand. It is a girls dream in there, it’s bright, full of colours (a lot of pink) and it’s so welcoming. I chose the beautiful strawberry marshmallow as my choice and again I was not disappointed. I’m not sure how you could ever be disappointed by this sweet treat actually.
The final part of the macarons and mews walking tour was a gorgeous mews right by Knightsbridge, again you wouldn’t just stumble on this mews you have to go looking for it. I am so pleased Yannick knows his way around the mews’s (is that a word). He definitely saved the best until last. This colourful street was so cute and inviting. Dream house was right here.
We stopped and ate some more macarons and had a chat before the macarons and mews tour came to an end. I had such a lovely afternoon with fellow bloggers Cara, Angie and Sam and the the very knowledgable Yannick from London unravelled. If you love sweet treats and hidden London gems book yourself on this delightful tour here.
Us lucky bloggers received a discounted rate of the macarons and mews walking tour.