Situated within Inner London in the Borough of Camden, is Percy Mews; a redeveloped and cobbled cul-de-sac approached through an entrance under a building on Rathbone Place, next to Stephen Mews, containing original/ surviving Mews properties. The Mews contains 8 properties used for residential and commercial purposes.
The Mews is part of the Charlotte Street Conservation Area. Designated in 1974 with subsequent extensions in 1981, 85 and 99, the Charlotte Street Conservation Area is situated in an area known as ‘Fitzrovia’. It has a dense grid pattern of streets and not much open spaces. Most of the buildings are four storeys and are set back from the street, enclosing the space. The area displays the BT Tower in prominence (though the actual tower is outside the Conservation Area) and a limited amount of Mews properties. Few original Mews remain, having been replaced by warehouses and workshops in the 19th Century, but what does remain is of the greatest historical interest in the area.
A high explosive bomb fell onto Gresse Street, right next to the Mews, presumably causing significant damage to the properties in World War II and when the London Poverty Maps were first published, the area was deemed to have comfortable living conditions.
The two and three storey properties have plain and painted brickwork facades with a mixture of mansard and parapet roof styles, surrounded by a cobbled road surface.
The original purpose of the Mews was to provide stable/ coach house accommodation for the main houses on the surrounding streets and nowadays they are predominantly used for residential purposes, with some commercial activity also taking place.
Before and since 2003 there have been many planning applications made for alterations to the properties within the Mews, the most notable being; the part demolition of a property and the continued use as an office. Conservation Area controls apply to any new development in the Mews.