Luxury Hotel Claridge’s has submitted plans for a five-storey ‘iceberg’ extension the size of 20 houses – complete with swimming pool, wine cellar, gym and even an in-house chocolatier.
The five-star Mayfair venue, a London stalwart for decades, has lodged its plans with Westminster city council for a monster 19,000 sqr foot extension.
A spokesperson for Claridge’s said “we are excited about our future development plans to put in place state-of-the-art, sustainable technology and systems which will…take this iconic Mayfair hotel’s vision into the next century”.
Celebrities have vented their frustration at iceberg basements, Joan Collins described her street in Belgravia as a building site and Queen guitarist Brian May moaned that extensions are turning his local area of Kensington, west London, into a “hellhole”.
In response, Westminster City Council have announced the formation of a “subterranean squad” to try to curb basement developments impact on noise and traffic. They also slapped an £8,000 basement tax on all new basement planning proposals in the area.
DMZ backs the Hotels expansion, they look structurally sound and sympathetic to the areas historic architecture. We would also point out to the irritable Brian May that London has always thrived on expansion and his luxurious life, living in an £11 million mansion in Kensington, would be most peoples idea of heaven, not hell!