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Lurot Brand’s James Robin­son has iden­ti­fied a group of Lon­don­ers he calls ‘mew­sophiles’. ‘Peo­ple col­lect them,’ he laughs. ‘Fam­i­lies that move to the coun­try from Lon­don be­cause they’ve got kids and want horses in­evitably want to keep some­thing in town. You can just lock up and leave a mews house.’

De­spite con­sid­er­able up­take by de­vel­op­ers, base­ment build­ing is in­fra dig in the mews com­mu­nity. John Rush­ton has lived in Bathurst Mews, near Padding­ton, for 40 years and there are cur­rently eight base­ments be­ing dug on this 80-house mews. They’re un­pop­u­lar, ‘not least be­cause of the huge trucks de­liv­er­ing build­ing ma­te­ri­als all the time and rip­ping BT wires off the walls’.

Mr Rush­ton be­lieves the street is ‘more in­ter­na­tional now, with younger cou­ples—those who as­pire to se­nior man­age­ment in the City. As soon as they have chil­dren, they dis­ap­pear. When I first moved here, the res­i­dents were Bri­tish and peo­ple had proper jobs’.

The one thing that hasn’t changed on Bathurst Mews is its equine Knight Frank (020–7647 6608) El­e­gant but large, this prop­erty on Bal­four Mews has eight bed­rooms, a west-fac­ing court­yard gar­den and an ad­join­ing mews house with garaged park­ing for two cars

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