Bourlet Close is a Mews Style cobbled cul-de-sac, accessed from Riding House Street in Westminster. The street contains 9 properties and is roughly configured in a linear, north-south direction.
In World War II, a high explosive bomb fell onto the western end of Riding House Street, and as a result many of the properties on this street and presumably Bourlet Close, had to be rebuilt. The cul-de-sac is recorded as having comfortable living conditions with ordinary household salaries when the London Poverty Maps were first published, although it is noted that some areas were also considered poor in comparison.
Bourlet Close is in Westminster City Council’s East Marylebone Conservation Area. Designated in 1982, the area is characterised by its diverse townscape and the range and interest of its buildings and uses. There are a wide range of warehouses and mews throughout the Conservation Area, contributing to an industrial character in parts.
The plain brickwork properties mainly consist of three and four storeys with a mixture of mansard and parapet roofs. Parking is restricted and there are both intact and converted garages present.
The original purpose of the street was in Art; frame making workshops and packing warehouses run by the Bourlet family from the 18th Century and commercial activity still remains in the present day. There have been some planning applications made since 2003, mainly minor alterations to the fenestration. Conservation Area controls now apply to any new development in the street.