Poll

 Are the exclusive London Mews homes and Townhouses  steampunk, dieselpunk  or just old?

Steampunk
0 (0%)
Dieselpunk
0 (0%)
Heritage
11 (73.3%)
Barn Renovations
1 (6.7%)
Boring Georgian Architecture
1 (6.7%)
Glamorous Living
2 (13.3%)

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 Rock stars,actors, spies, foreign dignitaries and other wild  eccentrics  live in  these homes.  I've been lent a renewed interest in such residences after  reading  another celebrity auto biography  and revisiting other  scandals from a previous era.  It has co incided with a search for inspiration  for a re vamp of the Hurricane  abode to enhance its  more exclusive luxe appearance.  [OK so its  really a  series of add ons, the main dwelling  a prefab house, transported from a ex  military base decades ago]. Its about the paint colour, window treatments , door style,  entrance planting, planters,  fencing & gates etc, the little touches that are the hallmark of a luxury status  property.

 To those  familiar  with the streets of Mayfair, Belgravia, Eaton square  et al - what is it that stands out about these residential addresses . What special features  give  them their identity and point of difference ?

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Re: London Mews & Townhouse - Mayfair and Belgravia :Steampunk or No -
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2018, 11:23:19 am »
Maybe I just watched to many  bad British 70s movies , episodes of the Professionals and Upstairs Downstairs






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Re: London Mews & Townhouse - Mayfair and Belgravia :Steampunk or No -
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2018, 05:14:33 pm »
I'd call it "Heritage." It isn't really "Steampunk" until you add a bit of external steam ductwork.
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Re: London Mews & Townhouse - Mayfair and Belgravia :Steampunk or No -
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2018, 06:28:13 pm »
My experience living in a mews house (for all of six weeks whilst it was being worked upon) suggests there should be another option in the poll.  "Jerry-built"....

Now a mews house, I reckon, is eminently steampunk-able.  Not steampunk straight off, but certainly a good candidate for being steampunked.  There's a surprising amount of internal volume and you can really do wonderful things with them.  The one I spent some time in, for instance, had a glass octagonal dome over the dining room (which would originally have been a courtyard and which was filled in later), a small study/ library formed from a series of archways which gave an interesting effect of a room within a room, and a conservatory lantern on the roof. 
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Re: London Mews & Townhouse - Mayfair and Belgravia :Steampunk or No -
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2018, 10:08:11 pm »
My experience living in a mews house (for all of six weeks whilst it was being worked upon) suggests there should be another option in the poll.  "Jerry-built"....

Now a mews house, I reckon, is eminently steampunk-able.  Not steampunk straight off, but certainly a good candidate for being steampunked.  There's a surprising amount of internal volume and you can really do wonderful things with them.  The one I spent some time in, for instance, had a glass octagonal dome over the dining room (which would originally have been a courtyard and which was filled in later), a small study/ library formed from a series of archways which gave an interesting effect of a room within a room, and a conservatory lantern on the roof. 

The rows of homes are an interesting heritage  housing program.  Affluent peoples mass built mansions projects.  It does not surprise  to find they were " Jerry built"  or thrown up in a less than craftsman like  quality.  The same happens today.  Accross Britain and the US they were  often torn down in short time and replaced by bigger  bold homes.

The tenuous [ extremely loose]  link with steam or dieselpunk  was their  connection via era and location to steam train travel  and stations  as a mode of transport I  the early part of the 19th century.   Along with the  mid 20 th century renovation   and  remodeling of the mews  from stables to  exclusive apartments, as horse travel made way for   petrol driven engines.


 Both the mews and the town house rows could be a  classic canvas for steam or diesel influenced re invention

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Re: London Mews & Townhouse - Mayfair and Belgravia :Steampunk or No -
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2018, 11:18:54 pm »
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Re: London Mews & Townhouse - Mayfair and Belgravia :Steampunk or No -
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2018, 10:52:11 am »
Having worked in those areas for 15 years I would have another name for them.
But that's more based on the attitudes of a lot of the people that live in them.
So I won't go into that.  ;)
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Re: London Mews & Townhouse - Mayfair and Belgravia :Steampunk or No -
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2018, 05:27:50 pm »
Having worked in those areas for 15 years I would have another name for them.
But that's more based on the attitudes of a lot of the people that live in them.
So I won't go into that.  ;)

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Re: London Mews & Townhouse - Mayfair and Belgravia :Steampunk or No -
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2018, 02:16:05 pm »
Having worked in those areas for 15 years I would have another name for them.
But that's more based on the attitudes of a lot of the people that live in them.
So I won't go into that.  ;)

wait... I think I need more detail hahaha. I think I've bought into the romanticism of it all! All dreams though, all dreams.

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Re: London Mews & Townhouse - Mayfair and Belgravia :Steampunk or No -
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2018, 03:28:59 am »
Having worked in those areas for 15 years I would have another name for them.
But that's more based on the attitudes of a lot of the people that live in them.
So I won't go into that.  ;)

wait... I think I need more detail hahaha. I think I've bought into the romanticism of it all! All dreams though, all dreams.

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 Fairy tales have been woven around  the mews. Peter Pan  flew around in the London mews.
 

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Re: London Mews & Townhouse - Mayfair and Belgravia :Steampunk or No -
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2018, 11:03:09 am »
As Queen Victoria said, "We are a city in Canada, we are a waterfall in Zambia, but we are not a mews."

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Re: London Mews & Townhouse - Mayfair and Belgravia :Steampunk or No -
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2018, 11:26:15 am »
As Queen Victoria said, "We are a city in Canada, we are a waterfall in Zambia, but we are not a mews."

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  One wonders what One would think of the servants quarters and stables becoming the exclusive sought after residences of her descendents  and  their pals

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Re: London Mews & Townhouse - Mayfair and Belgravia :Steampunk or No -
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2018, 03:52:56 pm »
Maybe more heritage than steampunk, but I feel they could be so easily adapted to the discerning steampunk gentleperson's taste. Steampunk or not, though, I want to live there!
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Re: London Mews & Townhouse - Mayfair and Belgravia :Steampunk or No -
« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2018, 05:20:42 pm »
Maybe more heritage than steampunk, but I feel they could be so easily adapted to the discerning steampunk gentleperson's taste. Steampunk or not, though, I want to live there!

 There is something compelling about the residential addresses. That many rock stars and oil Sheiks  can't be wrong

There is definitely potential for steampunk revamp






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Re: London Mews & Townhouse - Mayfair and Belgravia :Steampunk or No -
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2018, 05:36:37 pm »

 I was outraged to  find these out and out blasphemy  of the steampumk credo

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They glued a cog on...!!!!  ::)  :o  >:(



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Re: London Mews & Townhouse - Mayfair and Belgravia :Steampunk or No -
« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2018, 04:52:38 pm »

 I was outraged to  find these out and out blasphemy  of the steampumk credo

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They glued a cog on...!!!!  ::)  :o  >:(



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Re: London Mews & Townhouse - Mayfair and Belgravia :Steampunk or No -
« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2018, 01:18:06 am »
There has to be a better way! No, no, no to non-functioning cogs on the wall!

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Re: London Mews & Townhouse - Mayfair and Belgravia :Steampunk or No -
« Reply #17 on: May 06, 2018, 07:36:55 am »
 

99 glued cogs on the wall... One of those cog is ready to fall...

 Oh & $#@% rip the @$#&¥€  down

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Re: London Mews & Townhouse - Mayfair and Belgravia :Steampunk or No -
« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2021, 12:30:10 am »
Ah, the old 'stick a cog on it and call it Steampunk' brigade. They should be taken away and crushed in a steam-powered press...

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Re: London Mews & Townhouse - Mayfair and Belgravia :Steampunk or No -
« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2021, 12:33:43 am »
Track 'em down and give 'em the gears!

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Re: London Mews & Townhouse - Mayfair and Belgravia :Steampunk or No -
« Reply #20 on: April 06, 2021, 08:01:42 am »


 Stick a red hot spanner in their inner workings
 
Here's the latest luxury listings. I'm tossing between Bedford, Sumner  and Victoria Park.  Wondering which former horse stables would suit this old mare.

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