Praed Mews is a small, cobbled cul-de-sac situated behind the larger properties in Praed Street. It is orientated in a south-west to north-east direction, akin to nearby Southwick Mews.
There are only 16 properties in the Mews, most of which are used for commercial purposes. The Mews can be entered through a parting in the buildings on Norfolk Place, and runs directly in line with London Mews, off London Street.
Norfolk Square nearby suffered bomb damage during World War II and had a mixture of poor and comfortable living conditions when the poverty maps were originally published.
The Mews is part of Westminster City Council’s Bayswater Conservation Area and consists of two storey properties with a mixture painted and plain brickwork with Gable and Parapet roofs. The Mews are on both sides of the small, cobbled street.
The original purpose of the mews was to provide stable accommodation for the larger houses in Praed Street, running parallel to the Mews. A number of planning applications have been made before and since 2003; notably the reconstruction of one of the Mews properties to create three Mews houses which have balconies on the second storey.
On visiting the Mews in 2013, there was little evidence of basements activity.
Conservation Area controls now apply to new development in the Mews.