Baker’s Mews is a through road with a cul-de-sac section off Robert Adam Street in Westminster. Containing 6 properties in the cul-de-sac section for residential and commercial purposes, the Mews runs roughly north-south (with the cul-de-sac section west-east) and is opposite Seymour Mews, another original/ surviving Mews.
A high explosive bomb fell onto George Street, Marylebone in 1940 but Baker’s Mews remained intact. When the London Poverty Maps were published, the area was determined as being fairly comfortable and having households with good ordinary earnings.
Baker’s Mews is a part of Westminster City Council’s Portman Estate Conservation Area. Situated in the boundaries of Marylebone, which was once covered with forest and marshland, the estate originally comprised about 270 acres and now contains a variety of buildings from different centuries; from many examples of Mews to the grand terraces of Bryanston Square and Montagu Square.
The variety and number of mews developments is an important feature within the area. On the eastern side of the conservation area are a series of mews which run through the Portman Estate on a continuous north-south axis. Sherlock Mews, Kenrick Place, Broadstone Place, Kendal Place, Baker’s Mews and Seymour Mews.
Baker’s Mews retains some of its charm despite having been substantially redeveloped on the east side. The two and three storey buildings have painted and rendered brickwork facades, surrounded by a tarmacadam road surface. The garages are intact and there is restricted parking. The Mews have a mixture of butterfly, gable and pitched roof styles.
The Mews displays an excellent example of a group of three different types of Mews buildings in a row.
The original purpose of Baker’s Mews was to provide stable/ coach house accommodation to the main houses on Baker Street, Robert Adam Street and Fitzhardinge Street. Now, it is predominantly used for residential purposes but there remains some commercial use.
Very few planning applications have been made before or since 2003, and all for minor alterations. Building works are currently being carried out (at time of writing – 2013) on the through road section, but this is not affecting the original/ surviving Mews. Conservation Area controls apply to new development in the Mews.