The transition from horse and cab to cars and trains made the mews house redundant and so many were converted into garages, studios, and storage areas. The first wave of enthusiasm for them as residences came during the early 1900’s when many of them were turned into cottages, often with a mock Tudor or Arts-and-Crafts style. The first residential conversion is believed to have been in 1908 in Street Mews Mayfair, described in 1915 as 'the best bijou house in London'. Thereafter, a trend was born. Although interest waned after the Second World War, it was in the 1960’s that people again began to see the attraction of the small mews house.
Because their original purpose was to serve as stabling and staff quarters for the grand town houses, mews houses tend to be located in the best parts of London. These properties are mainly concentrated in the areas surrounding Hyde Park, Regents Park and Holland Park, although there are wonderful mews streets to be found all over London. Mainly dating from the mid 19th century, they have, in the past forty years or so, become rather more expensive. 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. Security, a strong sense of community and peace and quiet are also major contenders for their popularity.
“Gawd, please don’t gussy the place-up,” said Charles, the client. Well then, here it is.