Frequently asked questions about Mews and London Mews Facts. If you have any that are yet to answered, please get in touch:
1. Which London Borough contains most number of Mews?
Westminster with 195.
2. Which particular part of the London Borough (electoral ward) has the greatest concentration of Mews?
Knightsbridge and Belgravia with 40 Original/ Surviving Mews and 8 Redeveloped.
3. On which London Estate are there the most Mews?
The Grosvenor Estate
4. Which is the longest Mews?
Pavilion Road at 900m.
Camden Mews comes in second at c.720m
5. Which Mews contains the least number of Mews properties?
Gaspar Close with only 2.
6. Which Mews contain the most Mews properties?
Kinnerton Street (127) or Camden Mews (110) – Camden Mews having more Original/ Surviving and Redeveloped properties, whilst Kinnerton Street has additional buildings that are not mews.
7. What is the average area of a Mews?
24’deep x 20′ wide = 480 sq ft per floor; 960sq ft over two stories
8. Which are the oldest Mews?
Catherine Wheel Yard (originally marked as Stable Yard), Jockey’s Fields (marked as Passage to the Fields) and John’s Mews were all marked on maps in 1720.
9. Which Mews has retained the most authentic features?
Holland Park Mews has the most listed buildings and is therefore protected from alterations, as are other properties within conservation areas such as Manson Mews, which is packed with authentic features. See our Top 100 Mews rankings for more information.
10. Which is the most common name for a Mews (most frequently occurring)?
Devonshire Mews has the most variations (Devonshire Mews North, South, West, Place, Row, Close, Mews).
11. Which Mews have different names to the road containing the main buildings they are associated with?
Around half of the Original/ Surviving Mews have different names to the main buildings with they are associated with.
12. Which Mews has had the most developments carried out?
Camden Mews (probably on account of it being the longest Mews, with 110 properties.
13. Which Mews contains the most listed buildings?
Holland Park Mews with all 67 properties being listed.
14. How many Mews have blue plaques?
5 Mews – see our BLOG post on Famous Mews Dwellers for more information.
15. Which Mews has undergone the most name changes since it was first historically recorded?
Argon Mews – 3 Name Changes (Prince’s Mews, Broadway Mews, Prince’s Cottages).
Jockey’s Fields – 3 Name Changes (Jockey Fields, Bedford Mewse, Passage to the Fields).
Welbeck Way – 3 Name Changes (Lower Welbeck Street/ Welbeck Mews, Little Welbeck Mews, Wellbeck Mewse).
Bourdon Street – 4 Name Changes (Grosvenor mews (part), John street, Davies street, Grosvenor Mewse).
Jay Mews – 5 Name Changes (Albert House Stables, Hyde Park Terrace Mews, Park Lane, Park Lane Mews, Gore Lane)
16. What percentage of Original/ Surviving Mews still have a cobbled road surface?
Just over 70% (305 of the 432 O/S Mews).
17. What Mews are accessible from another Mews?
Chesham Mews from Belgrave Mews West
Osten Mews and McLeod’s Mews are joined
Lexham Mews and Radley Mews are joined
Laverton Mews and Hesper Mews are accessed from Laverton Place which also contains Mews properties.
Clover Mews is accessed from Dilke Street
Reece Mews and Kendrick Mews are both accessed from Kendrick Place
There are numerous Mews and Mews-Style enclaves accessed from Kinnerton Street
Sydney Mews and Sydney Close are linked
Huntsworth and Taunton Mews are linked.
Petersham Place is accessed from Petersham Lane
Rutland Street, Montpelier Walk and Relton Mews are all accessed from Cheval Place
Ossington Street has access to Victoria Grove Mews and Ossington Close
18. Do any of the Mews still have working stables?
Authentic Mews are derived from their equine connections but today only one Mews has a working stables – Bathurst; where it is still possible to hire a horse at Hyde Park and Ross Nye Stables.
19. What is the height difference between the main houses and their mews?
Mews were designed to be obscured from the main thoroughfares and were generally positioned three feet or more below the main houses they were ancillary to; Upbrook Mews is understood to be the deepest and is approximately nine feet below the main residences in Gloucester Terrace and Devonshire Terrace.
20. Which was the first mews to be converted for residential purposes?
Following the arrival of the motor car and the train, horse usage was diminished and a number of Mews were converted to residential usage. Street mews in Mayfair is understood to have been the first residential conversion and this appeared in 1908.
21. Which mews has the most valuable properties?
There is often much discussion about which Mews has the most valuable properties, but these usually discount The Royal Mews which is clearly the costliest as it is the closest to Buckingham Palace and it houses the Queens’ priceless gold state coach and her horses.
Also to be noted, a property in Reeves Mews was sold for around £24m in September 2015 – making it the most expensive Mews property to ever be sold.