Day Out: Macarons and Mews Tour

Monday 8 June 2015 by

Macarons and Mews Tour, London, Honeysuckle

As I mentioned last week, I picked a sunny Saturday, and set off on the Macarons and Mews tour with G.  After a delicious lunch (complete with cheeky cocktail), we met Yannick at Hyde Park Corner, where we began the tour.

The whole idea of the Macarons and Mews tour is to discover the undiscovered – from the hidden corners to the flavoursome delights of some of the best macarons spots in London. Yannick is a brilliant tour guide, who knows tiny gems of information about London, its history and its anecdotes.

We chose a perfect day to walk around Belgravia and Knightsbridge. In the bright sunlight, the mews were magical. Sparkling, blissfully quiet, and filled with the scents of honeysuckle and fresh pastries. Each mews has its own story, its own character and its own corner of London that feels miles away from the hustle and bustle of the capital. Each one had a fantastic corner that I was desperate to move in to – candy-coloured doors, hanging baskets and dripping roses.

Macarons and Mews Tour, London,

We discovered The Grenadier in Belgravia – one of the most haunted pubs in London and allegedly offers a killer Bloody Mary. We peeked at the money-plastered ceiling through the window, and then snuck through a side gate to find even more delights.

In many ways, it could also be said that it is the Macarons, Mews and Fancy Cars tour, as I stared openly at custom Bentleys, Ferraris and Lamborghinis… Belgravia and Knightsbridge is super flash.

Macarons and Mews Tour, London, Macarons, William Curley

But the hands-down best bit was finding the macarons! We were taken to Pierre Hermé first (passionfruit and milk chocolate flavour), then proceeded to make our way through lemon curd, pistachio and cherry, dark chocolate and last of all, the famous Marie Antoinette tea from Ladurée.

High on sugary treats, we then explored even more back streets – including a hole in a wall – and finished by the V&A just in time for dinner. I was sun-tired, foot-tired, overloaded on sugar, but it was one of the best ways to explore London by foot.

Macarons and Mews Tour, London, Macarons,

Yannick is an excellent guide, and for £20 you get a beautiful tour and five macarons, which – frankly – is a bargain. Buy your tickets here

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