Hamilton Close is a cobbled cul-de-sac off St. Johns Wood Road in Upper Westminster. There are 18 properties in the Mews, used for residential purposes.
A high explosive bomb fell onto Hamilton Terrace, just south-west of the Mews in World War II. When the London Poverty Maps were published, the area was determined as being poor in comparison to the standard household salaries at the time.
Hamilton Close is part of Westminster Council’s St John’s Wood Conservation Area, one of Westminster’s biggest Conservation Areas located in the northern extremity of the City. Designated a Conservation Area in 1968, St John’s Wood has an overall low density townscape with wide tree-lined streets. Importance is placed on generous gardens, trees and greenery, with smaller pockets of terraced housing and mansion blocks.
The Mews has two storey, painted and rendered brickwork buildings with a mixture of gable, pitched and flat roof styles. The garages remain intact and are surrounded by a cobbled road surface. The Mews properties are down one side of the close only. The Telephone Kiosk opposite the entrance to the close is registered as a listed building.
The original purpose of the Mews was to provide stable/ coach house accommodation to the main houses on Hamilton Terrace. Now, it is predominantly used for residential purposes.
A few planning applications have been made before and since 2003 mainly regarding changes to the fenestration and internal alterations. Conservation Area controls now apply to new development in the Mews.