Boscobel Place is a cobbled cul-de-sac off Elizabeth Street in Westminster. The Mews contains 11 properties with a residential usage and is found opposite Eaton Mews West, another original-surviving Mews. Both Mews streets run in a south-west to north-east direction.
Between October 1940 and June 1941, a high explosive bomb is recorded falling onto Eaton Mews South, an original/ surviving Mews that backs onto Boscobel Place, meaning many of the properties had to be rebuilt. The area was noted as being fairly comfortable with good, ordinary household earnings when the London Poverty Maps were first published.
The Mews is part of Westminster City Council’s Belgravia Conservation Area; first designated in 1968, it was laid out as a fashionable residential area to the west of Buckingham Palace. There is a high degree of townscape uniformity and a formal layout based on a grid pattern. The area is predominantly residential with some shops on the edges. There are also a significant number of embassies, diplomatic buildings and institutional headquarters.
The Mews contains three storey properties with mansard and parapet roofs. The facade of the houses varies between plain and painted brickwork. Number 48 is noted as having a thin neo-regency trim by Clough Williams-Ellis, 1925.
Season 2, Episode 1 of BBC’s Sherlock ‘A Scandal in Belgravia’ featured the Mews as a filming location; when John Watson punches Sherlock in the face.
The Mews originally had the purpose of providing stable/ coach house accommodation to the main properties in Eaton Square and Chester Square but have now been converted into residential households. A few planning applications have been made since 2003, mainly for minor alterations to the exterior and fenestration although a few basement excavations are present. Conservation Area controls apply to new development in the Mews.