Just a little postscript to the last couple of blogs – a gastronomic addition to Mlle’s Guide To London Eateries in the heart of South Kensington’s Museum district (Exploring London’s Iconic V&A Museum).
Mlle, our daughter, suggested meeting her after work and getting a bite to eat at one of the little cafes and restaurants dotted around the corner of Exhibition Street and Thurloe Street, literally a stone’s throw from South Kensington tube station. It’s the perfect place to unwind after visiting one of the many museums in the area or perhaps a hard day’s shopping down the South Kensington High Street. We ended up at the Kensington Creperie, which has been serving authentic French crepes (both savoury and sweet), waffles and home-made ice cream since 2001. It was good, wholesome French style food, washed down with some cider, which we were grateful for at the end of a tiring day (Mlle at work, me at the V&A and Monsieur in post flu recovery mode). We shared an apple special for dessert – a crepe with apple crumble, salted caramel, vanilla ice cream and apple compote. Suffice to say there wasn’t even a speck of crumb left on the plate and in all the excitement I forgot to take a photo of it! You can also create your own waffles from a range of ingredients including Belgian chocolate (white, milk or dark), pears, cherries, flaked almonds or salted caramel (this is only a small sample!).
We noticed a distinct French flavour in this part of London (notice the “Defense De Fumer” sign next to the menu board, “No Smoking”!). The South Kensington area has become a home from home for the large number of expat French residents now living in London and the eateries, bars and cafes reflect their tastes. The Creperie is very popular and we were lucky to be squeezed in without a booking but the Thurloe Street area was relatively quiet at night and it was certainly far more relaxing than trying to get a table somewhere in the West End.
After dinner we took a short stroll down neighbouring Thurloe Street. I always think the streets of central London are so pretty at night and the South Kensington area is no exception. I particularly loved the entrance to the tube station with its classical period facade.
Wishing everyone a “Bon weekend’. Au Revoir for now!
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