Elms Mews is a cul-de-sac off Bayswater Road in Westminster. There are 5 properties in the Mews, used for commercial purposes in the form of a hotel. It is located on the site of an original Mews but has been re-developed to a degree that it no longer contains any surviving Mews properties.
A high explosive bomb fell onto Gloucester Terrace, just east of the Mews in World War II. When the London Poverty Maps were published, the area was determined as being fairly comfortable and having households with good ordinary earnings.
Elms Mews is part of Westminster City Council’s Bayswater Conservation Area. Developed over the space of about 70 years, the townscape is uniform despite being composed of several distinct areas and is made up of a regular composition of streets and squares in an Italianate style. An important aspect of the street pattern are the several mews, some quite intimate and others so large that they appear to be a development of their own. The contrast of scale provided by these mews is a crucial aspect of the overall area’s character.
The properties have more than 5 storeys, plain brickwork facades and display mansard roof styles. There are intact garages present, surrounded by a tarmacadam road surface with raised pavements. The drinking fountain opposite the Mews is a registered listed building.
Many planning applications have been made before and since 2003, mainly to do with the alteration or removal of trees. Conservation Area controls now apply to new development in the Mews.