When you think of a basement, you might not picture much more than a little-used storage space and a mass of spiderwebs in darkness. However, for London’s elite, a basement is often much, much more. It can be a luxurious escape, extra space in a crowded city and a status symbol.
As mentioned by Hannah Betts in The Times, 4,650 basement developments have been created by London’s wealthy over the past decade. To clarify that further, that statistic is made up of 1,000 gyms, 376 swimming pools, 381 wine stores, staff rooms, and many more decadent spaces.
Read on to discover some of the most luxurious basements hidden beneath the city.
We do like to be beside the seaside…
One basement in Holland Park may be one of the most extravagant basements in London. Nestled beneath the property is a gigantic three-storey structure, home to a number of different amenities. These include a swimming pool, a plunge pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, gym, media room and staff rooms. And, if that wasn’t enough, it also has its very own beach!
An era of decadence…
Underneath a property in Primrose Hill, Camden, is a single-storey basement. While this may not sound as decadent as our previous subterranean space, they’ve managed to pack in a lot. This basement is home to both a Turkish and Roman bath, a swimming pool and spa facilities, a home cinema, a games room with a bar, a gym and Pilates room, and to top it all off, a hark back to old stately homes with a cigar room, wine store and banquet hall.
The largest basement in London…
Below Havona House, situated in the Pembridge Villas townhouse area in Notting Hill, the neoclassical style of the mansion gives way to a font of facilities. The basement is home to an underground garage with robotic platforms to both park and exhibit cars – on its first storey – and, underneath that, is a 70ft swimming pool which is filled by a waterfall. Users of the pool can be entertained via a cinema screen nearby or can convert the pool into a dancefloor using hydraulics. Beyond that, there is also a Turkish bath, sauna, shower, and a gym.
The wish list of the wealthy
While these items aren’t all under the same roof – or same floor – here are some of the other decadent additions that people in London have requested for their basements. The list includes spaces such as dancefloors, DJ booths, ponds, artificial gardens, art galleries, rifle ranges, fashion runways, and even virtual reality golf courses!
With basements extending to five storeys, we’re sure that the London elite won’t run out of space to create all of these luxurious and decadent additions to their homes anytime soon.
If you’re thinking of adding a basement to your London home, but need somewhere to store your possessions during construction, take a look at CitySpace Storage. On the other hand, if you’d like more space in your home but don’t want a basement, our self-storage can also help you declutter or act as an additional room away from your home.