Swimming pools and golf ranges in London’s luxury basements

Promotional PhotographyWhen you can’t build up there’s only one solution — build down.

At least that’s the theory in some of London’s wealthiest neighborhoods.

The UK capital is in the midst of a luxury basement boom, with well-heeled residents and developers excavating large areas underneath their homes and gardens.

Some have used the extra space gained to install the likes of cinemas, gyms, wine cellars, golf simulators, bowling alleys and even swimming pools.

In the stylish borough of Chelsea and Kensington alone, there were 450 basement applications in 2013, according to figures provided to CNN by the local council. That’s a 46% increase on 2012 and more than 500% increase on 2003 figures.

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