What is a mews
A traditional mews is a cobbled street (quite often a dead end cul-de-sac) with two rows of terraced cottages facing each other.
The word "Mews" comes from the time when the Royal hawks were 'mewed' or moulted in the Royal Mews at Charing Cross. The use changed to stabling in the reign of King Henry VIII.
Mews houses mainly date from mid 19th century and in the past forty years or so have become rather more expensive and highly sought after.
They tend to be located in the very best parts of London because their original purpose was to serve as stabling and staff quarters for the grand town houses. The main concentrations of mews houses are to be found in the areas surrounding Hyde Park, Regents Park and Holland Park but wonderful mews streets are also to be found all over London.
One of the attractions of a mews house is that it is likely to have garage space which - given the difficulties and expense of parking in central London is a major advantage. They have also found great favour with classic car enthusiasts and we are sometimes amazed by what we see hidden away behind the garage door!
Most mews houses are residential though there are quite a few that are either wholly commercial or part commercial and part residential. These are ideal for someone wanting to run an office from home.
Often tucked away from the urban hustle and bustle, the community spirit in mews streets is unbeatable. The diversity of mews houses never ceases to amaze us. Very few mews streets in London are listed so the changes that have been made over the years means that very few are even remotely similar. "Unique" is a word that seems to be used very freely these days, but many of London's mews houses seem to define the word!