Part of the charm of a mews house is that it is tucked away from the bustle of city life, and London is replete with other 'hidden gems', picturesque properties in quiet, undiscovered locations that make memorable living spaces.

The need to accommodate the tradesmen, artisans, servants and all the working people needed in the industrial and commercial powerhouse that London became in the 18th century onwards led to a boom in the building of modestly sized houses in the back streets, away from the prestigious and often ostentatious residences of the middle and upper classes. In W2 for instance, the houses built in Bridstow Place by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, were homes for Great Western Railway employees.The cottages of the workers were despised then, but nowadays their unassuming charm combined with manageable size makes them very desirable homes indeed.

A more flamboyant market segment was art - painters needed big studios with a huge 'north light', a window giving a more consistent illumination of the subject. Many of these 'artists colonies' were built, such as Stratford Studios, Kensington, and the particularly ornate studios in Tite Street, Chelsea, home of James McNeil Whistler and John Sargent.

In the early 19th century the new 'picturesque' movement saw leading architects such as John Nash build developments to look deliberately quaint, with winding lanes lined with 'cottages ornee'. Park Village West is the finest example. Lurot Brand has also made a name as a successful agent for the sale of such hidden gems.

Here at Lurot Brand, we have made finding these hidden gems our business because we love them. If you are looking to buy, rent, sell or let a property of charm and character Lurot Brand should be your first choice simply because we understand that special properties require special attention.