Small is beautiful Once, mews buildings were full of commotion, housing horses, carriages and ostlers, (and before even that, ospreys and other hunting birds.) But these days residents can puff up their plumes, because a mews address carries cachet - just ask Michael Caine, Noel Gallagher or Guy Ritchie. Essentially a romantic country cottage in the heart of London, these sleepy roosts usually give onto a traffic-free cobbled street, creating a little oasis apart from the hustle and bustle of town. And this, in a nutshell, is St Petersburg Mews. It's a beautifully designed one bedroom pied-à-terre where everything one could need is within reach. On the wing Your host can mostly be found farming his acres in North Wales, where he lives with his wife and children. He sees St Petersburg Mews as the perfectly sized pied-à-terre, and reckons it's the best location in London. And, what’s more, he might just be right. It's close to Hyde Park, well-connected for transport, and right in the thick of the capital's best restaurants. Main course Let the intricate wrought iron balustrade guide you upstairs into the bright open plan living room, where sunlight streams through the large window in the roof. There are acid orange acrylic Arad chairs dotted around the dining table, but some may prefer to lounge on the sofa and put their feet up on the antique trunk that plays its part as a coffee table. Maybe watch the mews’ microcosm from the windows as an aroma of coffee drifts up from the Nespresso machine in the black and white kitchen. The bedroom is dominated by a super king-sized bed with a padded headboard. In here, throw the windows wide and relax with a book, or drop the blinds and luxuriate in the warm glow of cosy cottage life. Next door, find the ensuite and its shower tiled in silver mosaic squares, alongside piles of our fluffy white towels. Lilliput St Petersburg Mews is perfectly perched between Notting Hill and Bayswater. With Hyde Park just a couple of blocks away, lay down beneath a shady tree in between courses of the neighbourhood’s offerings. There are the upmarket boutiques of Westbourne Grove, the street market on Portobello Road, and the myriad bars, pubs and restaurants in the area. As well as laid-back dining and tapas bars, there is the Michelin-starred Ledbury just a short walk away. Join the curious crowds in the fringe theatre at the Print Room, nearby on Hereford Road. Alternatively, the West End is ten minutes away by tube.
Basin, shower, toilet
Freezer, hob (gas), Nespresso coffee machine, oven, refrigerator, toaster
Ensuite, king size bed
DVD player, iPod dock, TV, dining table, dining chair
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