Inside London’s most opulent subterranean scheme

One particular project in St John’s Wood has been causing quite the stir over the last few weeks. Mainly because it involves one of the largest and most luxurious subterranean complexes ever envisaged in the capital.

Submitted back in November, plans to replace a pretty nondescript 1990s affair on Elsworthy Road with a Regency style mansion have officially been green-lighted by Camden, paving the way for a feat of engineering beneath.

ElsworthyThe site is pretty unique in London, being completely hidden from public view and set well back from other properties; as such, Wolff Architects has been able to incorporate a basement of phenomenal proportions and boost the overall size of the building to around 23,500 square feet (an increase of over 16,000 square feet on what’s there at the moment).

While the ground and upper floors supply the classic grand accommodation, the 200-foot lower level is set aside purely for “recreational” use. Our favourite features include the 80-seater banquet hall, the “long-term” wine room, the humidor, the salt grotto, the hammam, the vast pool hall with jacuzzi and juice bar, and the Soho House-style private cinema. You can see the full layout in detail here.

David Wolff told us: “This is a unique opportunity to create a very luxurious, spacious house for high end residential occupation in the heart of St. John’s Wood. The ambassadorial type residence provides a very comfortable family home and entertaining space which is sympathetic to its surrounding context. There is easy access to the West End and Regents Park whilst being located in a secluded site screened by mature trees and hidden from public view. Though a palatial residence, it will be relatively easy to construct due to its proximity to arterial transport links.”

Side Elevation

Check out all the plans and drawings here

Read all about London’s basement wars here

Images: Wolff Architects