Life in the quiet lane – uncover the joy of mews houses in London

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Danny Brewer

Tucked away from public view, mews houses in London were initially built for coaches & horses, staff accommodation, and storage. The idea was to serve the nearby grander townhouses of middle-class Londoners while keeping the messy side of polite society neatly out of the way.

Since the 1970s, mews houses have experienced a massive renaissance and a brand new audience. Well-heeled urbanites flock to the disarming atmosphere of these unique streets as they look for a hideaway in the city. Today, mews houses in London are among the most in-demand homes around, wearing their heritage on their sleeve and giving their residents that special feeling of owning a secret.

We picked some of our favourites among these uniquely delightful locations, including two mews houses in London for sale.

1. Camden Mews, NW1

As the second longest mews in London, Camden Mews has a wonderful meandering quality, unlike any other. Broken up and rejigged after severe bombing during the war, architectural marvels await with unsuspecting 60s minimalist rebuilds, retained 1800s conversions and brand new additions along its 730-metre length.

We currently have one of the original examples for sale at£1,250,000. This lovingly restored and updated three-bedroom mews house has two roof terraces and the potential to add an extra storey (subject to consent) – ask us to see the architectural drawings that the owners commissioned.

2. Rush Common Mews, SW2

Just off the top of Brixton Hill, Rush Common Mews is on the site of former marshland. In the 1870s, when the Victorians cleared the area for streets of terraced houses, they also built this beautiful red-brick Sunday school. Converted into just nine mews houses in the early 2000s, it’s one of the less obvious locations for mews houses in London, with only an occasional opportunity to live here.

Fortunately, the chance exists right now to acquire the largest in the row. This four-bedroom mews house of almost 2,000 sq ft is currently for sale at £1,200,000 and retains some splendid gothic character as well as a secluded gravel garden beneath shading trees.

3. Doughty Mews, WC1

Mews houses in London at Doughty Mews

Doughty Mews sits neatly in the heart of Bloomsbury, minutes from Lincoln’s Inn, Hatton Garden and Holborn. Standing on the busy Grays Inn Road and Theobalds Road, you’d never know this mews was just around the corner. And when you arrive, you feel like you’re back in Dickensian London. There’s not a modern view in sight, and there are no tourists either!

Also close by is another local marvel: one of the best-preserved pubs in Art Deco style, The Duke on Roger Street is Grade 2 listed and a genuinely great local.

4. Warren Mews, W1

Google’ prettiest mews in London’, and you’ll soon find yourself ogling images of the unmissable Warren Mews. Hidden in Fitzrovia, just a stone’s throw from Fitzroy Square Garden and five minutes walk from Regent’s Park, there’s something particularly evocative about the cobbles, buildings and random rooflines. One of the smallest examples of a London mews, it is utterly disarming, and in more ways than one, having survived a V2 during WW2.

5. Bathhurst Mews, W2

Bathurst Mews is the only remaining mews in London that’s still home to working horses. Hyde Park Stables has operated from the same premises since 1835 and offers horse rides around, you guessed it, Hyde Park. The mews is home to more than 60 dwellings, and the two original entrances cutting through the Georgian terraces on Bathurst Street and Sussex Place only add to the historic feel. As an example of a London mews, it’s one of the best-preserved in the city.

 

6. St Luke’s Mews, W11

Colourful mews houses in London at St Lukes Mews

A short, tranquil walk from buzzing Portobello Road, the colourful facades of St Luke’s Mews are among the most photographed in London. The location regularly features in BBC dramas and is home to Juliet’s house in the film Love Actually. A wander along the cobbles is an absolute delight, particularly in the spring, for the lush wisteria blooms and giant planters that burst with colour and life.

7. Holland Park Mews, W11

Unique mews houses in London with steps up to the front doors

Holland Park Mews has an entrance directly opposite Holland Park and is a fabulous detour on your way in or out. The grade 2 listed arch at the western entrance is the grandest approach to any London mews that we know of and serves as a reminder of how the Victorians loved to create a sense of arrival. Almost everything here is Grade 2 listed, and the steps up to the front doors above the former coach entrances are unique for mews houses in London.

8. Kynance Mews, SW7

For picturesque beauty, look no further than South Kensington’s hidden gem, just off Gloucester Road! Another mid-Victorian series of former stable blocks, Kynance Mews, is another firm fixture in Central London’s most Instagrammable scenes. The mews is particularly remarkable in autumn for the golden leaves draping over the entrance, one of three arches the mews meanders through.

 

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