Connaught Close is a cul-de-sac off Connaught Street, just above Hyde Park in Westminster. Containing 10 properties behind the larger houses in Albion Street and Hyde Park Street, the Mews is fairly small and curves around to the right half way down, where the cobbled surface turns into concrete.
In World War II, a bomb fell directly onto Connaught Close and several properties had to be rebuilt as a result. The London Poverty Maps record the area as being fairly comfortable with good, ordinary earnings.
The Mews is in a North-South orientation and directly in line with the nearby Albion Close, a gated Mews property.
Connaught Close is part of the Church Commissioners’ Hyde Park Estate, and Westminster City Council’s Bayswater Conservation Area, located to the North of Hyde Park.
The two and three storey buildings are mainly made up of undecorated brickwork and have a mixture of mansard and parapet roofs. Many of the properties have garages and first floor residential quarters. Some of the Mews have balconies on the upper floors. One of the properties near the entrance of the cul-de-sac is completely overgrown and there is plenty of other foliage evident.
Connaught Close is a good example of an original/ surviving Mews, now predominantly used for residential purposes. Notable alterations include small changes to the doors and fenestration, a conservatory and basement excavations.
Conservation Area controls now apply to new development in the Mews.