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Britains Superrich Going Underground

Revealed: How 4,650 mega-basements have been approved for London homes in the past decade so the super-rich can build cinemas, wine cellars and swimming pools

The ambitious plans by property developer Robert Beecham for a 200ft-long mega basement in Primrose Hill, North London

The extraordinary scale of London ‘s basements was revealed today as a study found 4,650 have been approved in just a decade as the super rich aim to improve their mansions with swimming pools, wine cellars and gyms.

‘Iceberg homes’ up to 59ft (18m) deep are being placed into Britain’s richest areas such as Kensington and Chelsea as the wealthy add astonishing amenities including artificial beaches and even car museums under their homes.

Turkish baths, cigar rooms and banqueting halls are also among the features, with around 1,000 gyms, 380 pools, 460 cinemas, 380 wine stores and 120 staff rooms found in basement plans in the capital between 2008 and 2017.

The combined depth of every basement approved by seven London boroughs in the past decade is 50,160ft (15,289m) – 50 times the height of The Shard – with two of the basements said to include multiple pools. 

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