Cecil Court is a pedestrianised, late Victorian thoroughfare linking Charing Cross Road and St Martin’s Lane. A charming pocket of central London, it is said to have inspired Diagon Alley in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter.
Brooks Murray were asked to design an historic redevelopment of a street frontage. The landowner takes a long term perspective on its role in the area, and wanted to preserve the heritage fabric of shop frontages which have remained unaltered for more than a century.
The building sits within the Covent Garden conservation area, but it is not listed. The shops within and around it sell rare and antiquarian books, maps and prints and all manner of related printed material including stamps and banknotes.
Part of our work to the property involved adapting an existing staircase and refurbishing several aspects of the premises in this mixed-use unit.