London Mews: quiet and cobblestoned streets in the heart of the city


Lately I'm very fascinated by the Mews streets in West-London. I came accross a picture of Hyde Park Gardens Mews and was so intrigued I had to visit it. When I was there I just wanted to know more about its history and discover more Mews. Who would have thought I would leave my beloved East End for these idyllic streets in the West End? ;) 

Hyde Park Garden Mews (own photo)

Hyde Park Garden Mews (own photo)

But what am I talking about? Mews is primarly British and in London it's a typical West-London phenomenon. It has its history in the 17th and 18th century and is the term for a cobblestoned street (mostly with a dead end) full of small houses just behind the big city houses. The mews properties were used by the wealthy residents of the big houses to stable their horses. The horses and the carriage were on the ground floor and the stable servants were living above on the first floor.  Generally this was mirrored by another row of stables on the opposite side of the service street, backing onto another row of terraced houses facing outward into the next street.

Hyde Park Garden Mews (own photo)

Hyde Park Garden Mews (own photo)

You're probably wondering where the name 'mews' is coming from? Well, since Wikipedia knows everything:

"From 1377 onwards the king's falconry birds were kept in the King's Mews at Charing Cross. The name remained when it became the royal stables starting in 1537 during the reign of King Henry VIII. It was demolished in the early 19th century and Trafalgar Square was built on the site. The present Royal Mews was then built in the grounds of Buckingham Palace."

Nowadays, these Mews houses are converted to charming 21-century homes. As these cute houses are very limited (between 400 and 500 in London) they have become much-in-demand. They're pretty, peaceful, quiet in the most expensive neighbourhoods of London, which means: crazy prices. £2.7 million is no exception. I can only dream of it, so I'm quite happy with just wandering around these streets and making beautiful pictures.

Kynance Mews (own photo)

Kynance Mews (own photo)

Kynance Mews (own photo)

Kynance Mews (own photo)

Eaton Mews (own photo)

Eaton Mews (own photo)

Radnor Mews (own photo)

Radnor Mews (own photo)

Warren Mews (own photo)

Warren Mews (own photo)

Mews I've visited:

  • Hyde Park Gardens Mews
  • Eaton Mews
  • Bathurst Mews
  • Radnor Mews
  • St George's Square Mews
  • Kynance Mews
  • Stanhope Mews
  • Queen's Gate Mews
  • Warren Mews

Mews on my list:

  • Holland Park Mews
  • Codrington Mews
  • St Lukes Mews
  • ...

Have you visited Mews or do you know more beautiful Mews streets? Please let me know in a comment :)