Duke’s Mews is a cobbled cul-de-sac off Duke Street in Westminster. The Mews contains 18 commercial properties and has been partially developed.
In 1940 a high explosive bomb is recorded falling onto Manchester Square, just above the Mews. When the London Poverty Maps were published, the area was noted as having comfortable living conditions with average household salaries.
Duke’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.
The two and three storey, plain brickwork buildings have a mixture of mansard and parapet roof styles surrounded by a cobbled road surface with raised pavements.
Originally the stable accommodation for the surrounding properties, the primary function of the Mews is still commercial, with offices being present in the properties. Before and since 2003 there have been a few planning applications made for alterations to the properties, most notably the complete demolition of some of the original Mews properties. Conservation Area controls apply to any new development in the Mews.