Northwick Close is a cul-de-sac off Northwick Terrace in Upper Westminster. There are 22 properties in the Mews, used for residential purposes.
A high explosive bomb fell onto Clifton Court, 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.
Northwick 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 and three storey, painted and rendered brickwork buildings with a mixture of different roof styles. The garages vary between intact and converted, and are surrounded by a tarmacadam road surface. The Mews properties are down both sides of the close.
The original purpose of the Mews was to provide stable/ coach house accommodation to the main houses on Northwick 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, roof extensions and basement excavations. Conservation Area controls now apply to new development in the Mews.