Prince’s Mews is a cobbled cul-de-sac, approached through an entrance under a building on Hereford Road in Westminster. There are 22 properties in the Mews, used for residential purposes.
A high explosive bomb fell onto Dawson Place, north-west of the Mews in World War II. When the London Poverty Maps were published, the area was determined as being normal in comparison to the standard household salaries at the time, with comfortable living conditions, though some residences were seen as being poorer and less well off.
Prince’s 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 Mews have a mixture of different materials and styles used in the facade of the properties. The two and three storey buildings have a variety of mansard and parapet roof styles with intact garages surrounded by a cobbled road surface and partial raised pavements.
The original purpose of the Mews was to provide stable/ coach house accommodation to the main houses on Prince’s Square. Now, it is predominantly used for residential purposes.
Many planning applications have been made before and since 2003 for alterations to the properties, mainly concerning; roof extensions, changes to the fenestration and basement excavations. Conservation Area controls now apply to new development in the Mews.