February 1974. Lambert Jones Mews was part of Phase II of the City’s building programme for the Barbican site. The original contractor was Turriff Limited. But after long delays and labour disputes Turriff were allowed to leave the site and their buildings were completed by John Laing Construction Limited.
If you are killing time in the rather desolate forecourt below Lauderdale Tower, and you happen to glance over the parapet wall, you will be surprised to see a little row of mews houses below you. If only they had turf roofs and smoke rising from chimneys, you would think you had fallen into a Beatrix Potter story. This is Lambert Jones Mews. It lies between Thomas More Garden and Lauderdale Place (which is the forecourt below Lauderdale Tower) .
Houses in Lambert Jones Mews are east-facing and have views directly over Thomas More Garden. They have lovely views onto the Thomas More Garden. In fact many of them have doors direct onto it. I have to admit I look enviously in at their dramatic windows whenever I jog around the garden late at night. They also face onto a cobbled mews road directly below Lauderdale Place.
The glory of Lambert Jones Mews is that many of them have back doors opening onto the Thomas More Garden – no other flats allow you to actually stroll out of your home straight into the garden. They also have windows running up two storeys so that even when sitting in your living room you can stare contentedly over the garden and watch out for our foxes. The houses have roof gardens roughly at the height of the podium. They also have small balconies at the front over the mews road.
The front doors of the houses are onto the cobbled mews road directly below Lauderdale Place, whose entrace (which is shared by the Thomas More Car Park) is off Aldersgate Street. Many of the houses have back doors opening out onto the Thomas More Garden, but some don’t.
Temporary car parking is available on the cobbled mews road in front of the houses and there is the Thomas More Car Park next to the mews.
I am not aware of any stores outside the houses themselves.
List description of this building issued by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (as it then was) in 2001.
“Block IVB: Nos. 1-8 Lambert Jones Mews. Two storey houses of glazed engineering brick set forward of and below the level of the podium, reached via their own roadway, with granite setts continued as low walls to the fronts of the houses. Each house has a garage to the right of the front door. Doors and windows of timber under concrete lintels. First floor with corner windows and glazed doors under deep concrete lintels giving on to central stairs leading to roof. Paved near-flat roof, brick parapets with 1990s metal tops, behind which are slabbed roof gardens and projecting ventilated service or stores turrets. Interiors not inspected.”