Step inside this Georgian mews house renovation in Belgravia — with its own cocktail bar!

A roof terrace amongst terrace townhouses with an outdoor sofa, black railings and three potted trees
The star feature of this remarkable renovation has to be the roof terrace (Image credit: French + Tye)

Looking at it now, it’s hard to believe that this beautiful Georgian mews house was only recently in dire need of renovation. Situated in the sought-after Belgravia conservation area, the property had suffered from a bland 1990s magnolia redecoration, which caused it to lose all its Georgian splendour.

Its new owner – a leading light in the finance world and a keen art collector – purchased the house with an aim to bring it back to its former glory. The house had good bones but lacked personality, so she enlisted Architects Studio Bua and interior designer Eliská Design to help. 

With their knowledge of how to renovate a house, they transformed the nondescript property into a luxurious home fit for elegant living and entertaining. Keep reading to take a look inside.  

Making more space by flipping the layout around

Initially devoid of character and outdoor space, the mews house presented a unique challenge for Studio Bua and Eliská Design. The original layout was uninspiring to say the least, presenting a bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor, with the kitchen above. 

A decision was made to flip this scheme on its head. By relocating the kitchen and dining area to the ground floor and adding a coveted roof terrace for al fresco entertaining, they successfully restored the property’s charm and functionality. 

Mark Smyth, Studio Bau co-founder, explains the reasons behind these changes, “When our client purchased the house, all the living accommodation was squeezed into the first floor, with bedrooms above and below. These cramped living quarters didn't suit our client's needs, so we moved the kitchen and dining to the ground floor, creating a welcoming entrance hall. This freed up the first floor for a generous reception room, a separate study and the all-important cocktail bar!” 

A Georgian terrace house with a white brick facade and blue cladding on the ground floor. A bike rests against the house

The façade has been remodelled and redecorated with approval from the Grosvenor Estate. (Image credit: French + Tye)

Studio Bau successfully navigated the City of Westminster’s planning process and negotiated a Licence for Alteration with the Grosvenor Estate to secure planning permission for a large roof terrace and façade alterations.

The façade underwent a considerable transformation, including the removal of three sash windows and the installation of French doors with 40cm deep cast-iron Juliet balconies on the middle floor. The front door – which looked far too Victorian  – was replaced. Meanwhile, the façade colours, navy on the ground floor and pale blue above, were chosen from Grosvenor Estate’s approved colour scheme.

Planning also dictated that the existing garage couldn’t be changed into habitable space. However, Studio Bau was able to transform this into a multifunctional area that doubles as a private Pilates studio and a covered outdoor entertaining area for rainy days.  

A custom-built cocktail bar with dark green joinery

Like many brilliant home renovation projects, the house also benefited from a full interior refurbishment. In accordance with the client’s vision the house features a number of bespoke elements, such as a custom-built kitchen, an elegant home office and a dark-lacquered cocktail bar. All the joinery throughout the house has been tailor-made and quality craftsmanship can be seen in every detail. The bar of course is always fully stocked too...

Eliská Sapera, founder of Eliská Design, says, "The inspiration for this interior project was to have a timeless space with a mix of antique and contemporary furniture and artefacts to reflect the client’s taste”. 

A sense of 'understated luxury' is echoed in the choice of materials throughout the house, from the beautiful Dover white marble tiles and classic fittings in the master ensuite, to the exquisite lemurian blue kitchen worktops. The ground floor features oversized parquet flooring, which follows the curves of the wall, and period panelling adorns the walls.

Crowned with a roof terrace with urban views

Four potted mini trees on a roof terrace with terrace Georgian houses in the background

The roof terrace features a large bespoke rooflight. (Image credit: French + Tye)

The pièce de résistance of this remarkable renovation has to be the roof terrace. Offering captivating views of Westminster, this new al fresco space provides a much needed outside entertainment area. 

Strategic planting offers privacy from neighbours, while the choice of garden furniture mimics the same timeless quality of the home's interiors. A new, sweeping staircase serves the terrace, accessed via a large, automated sliding roof-light that was custom built by Sunsquare. 

Gabriella Dyson
Assistant Editor

Gabriella is Homebuilding & Renovating's Assistant Editor. She is a DIY enthusiast and a lover of all things interior design. She’s spent the past decade crafting copy for regional publications, award-winning architects, and leading UK homeware brands. 

She has a particular passion for historic buildings and listed properties, and she is currently in the process of renovating a Grade II-listed Victorian coach house in the West Country. At Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine, Gabriella is responsible for curating the magazine's home case studies and regularly contributes to the Homebuilding website.