Queen’s Gate Mews is a cobbled through-road, with 4 additional cul-de-sac sections off Queen’s Gate Terrace in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, leading to Gloucester Road. Queen’s Gate Mews contains 86 properties, used for residential and commercial purposes.
During World War II, the Aggregate Night Time Bomb Census recorded a high explosive bomb falling directly onto the Mews. In the past, the area was noted as having comfortable living conditions and ordinary household earnings for the time when the London Poverty Maps were first published.
The Mews is part of Kensington’s ‘Queen’s Gate’ Conservation Area. Containing grand terraces, garden squares and intimate Mews, the Conservation Area was designated in 1969. It is bounded in the north and east sides by Westminster and incorporates London’s primary Museums.
The one, two, three and seven storey properties have rendered or painted brickwork facades with a variety of different roof styles, surrounded by a cobbled road surface. There are wooden and metal bressumers, along with many seats, benches and plants in the Mews. The films ‘Layer Cake’ (2004) and ‘˜Performance’ (1970) used the Mews as a filming location.
Originally used as the coach house/ stable accommodation for the main houses on the surrounding streets, the primary purpose of the Mews properties is now a mixture of commercial and residential.
Before and since 2003 there have been many planning applications made for alterations to the properties within the Mews, most notably; basement extensions and excavations for additional residential accommodation, roof alterations and even the complete demolition of certain original properties.
Conservation Area controls apply to any new development in the Mews.