Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

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. Β 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!).

Menu board at the Kensington Creperie

Menu board at the Kensington Creperie

 

We noticed aΒ 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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26 thoughts on “South Kensington By Night

  1. Ariana Gonzalez says:

    Reblogged this on The Blonde Vitality and commented:
    I’ll be living in Kensington when I study abroad this fall!

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    1. It’s a lovely part of London Ariana lucky you!! Thanks so much for reblogging my post too! Am sure you’ll have a wonderful time studying in Europe – very best wishes with the move and your studies! πŸ™‚

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      1. Ariana Gonzalez says:

        Aw thank you! I have been enjoying your blog so much lately. It’s getting me so excited for my semester abroad. Keep posting!

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        1. Aw thank you too Ariana – the support means a lot! You must be getting so excited now for your travels! I’ve got quite a few more posts to do about our trip to Munich and Bavaria (we were there in April) so will start on those in the next couple of weeks or so (think you’re planning on going there too?). I’ve been covering our few days in London in the recent posts as you can see! We used to live in London so it will always have a special place in my heart. Look forward to reading about how you get on on your trip too πŸ™‚

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  2. Love that area! Wonderful to visit it again here! Beautiful night shots. Mine rarely turn out.

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    1. Thanks Lisa πŸ™‚ I was just using my trusty Panasonic digital camera (had it a few years now). It has an intelligent auto setting so it does all the work for me by adapting to the different light and scenery. I do love night shots so am glad these came out – it is such a lovely part of London isn’t it?! πŸ™‚

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      1. It is lovely indeed πŸ˜ƒ

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  3. Drooling over that Apple crepe Rosemary, anything that even mentions apple crumble gets me straightaway!! Beautiful night time pictures too, like we said magical!

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    1. It was wonderful Joy – imagine a crepe with crunchy apple crumble bits, salted caramel it was mouthwatering!! Am glad you like the night time pictures – just as we were saying about Bruges, a place takes on a special quality at night! It is magical! Hope you have a lovely weekend! πŸ™‚

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  4. It is funny but when you live somewhere you rarely appreciate what it has to offer. I have been to London so infrequently. It just doesn’t appeal to me.

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    1. I think that’s always the way Andrew – we don’t appreciate what’s right in front of us a lot of the time. I lived in London (went up there to uni as an 18 year old and stayed for the next 9 years) so I have a different perspective than someone who’s just passing through. Having said that, there seems to be way more people there than I remember but maybe it’s because I’m getting older or so used to the spaciousness of Perth (very spread out for a large city and with more of a country town feel in many ways)!

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  5. Amy says:

    Beautiful night images!!

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    1. Thanks Amy – am glad you like them as I just snap away and hope they come out ok!!

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  6. It sounds like a wonderful cafe. Haha, so funny that your forgot to take picture of the dessert. I have done the same many times myself! That is how it is when you get served something delicious! πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks Hanne – yes we were so busy eating that by the time I thought about a photo the plate was empty! Still sometimes you just want to savour the moment without taking a photo. I’ve always loved crepes – we used to get them when we went on holiday to Normandy and Brittany in France..delicious! πŸ™‚

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  7. ledrakenoir says:

    So inspiring – night light just so fascinating… πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Drake! I think places take on a whole new perspective in the evening light – I have always loved London buses lit up at night too for some reason! πŸ™‚

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      1. ledrakenoir says:

        Agree with you… πŸ™‚

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  8. I think it’s such a great, buzzy area and the I love the restaurants with the table outside. I never really visit it much but when I do it’s always a joy. I think that’s the problem with London being so big! When the weather’s good here, it definitely brings out the best in Londoners πŸ™‚ The apple special sounds divine!

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    1. London is so big isn’t it Ting so many places to go to! I think it’s been quite good weather recently so I imagine the cafes and restaurants have been very busy. We were there in April so it wasn’t sitting outside weather then! The apples special was divine – a very apt description! πŸ™‚

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  9. I also love to have a night walk in a city. I think most Europan cities have charms at night πŸ™‚ Thank you for the tour!!

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    1. You’re very welcome Indah am glad you liked the little tour. I think European cities look lovely at night with all the sparkling lights and this was a good area in which to have a wander around πŸ™‚

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  10. Love this post! I used to work in Knightsbridge, and I’d forgotten what a lovely part of London Kensington is.

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    1. Thanks Susan I really enjoyed my time here πŸ™‚ The museums are fabulous and there are so many quaint cafes and shops not to mention elegant streets and parks. Also I found it more relaxing than other parts of central London. Must have been wonderful to work in Knightsbridge! πŸ™‚

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