The Great £150,000 Empty Space Mystery

Date Published 30 November 2015

It's not every day that a mystery unravels in London. The city has seen it's fair share of intrigue going back hundreds of years: London spawned the inspiration behind some of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries; Jack the Ripper is still at large (sort of); and now a plot of land beneath a Bloomsbury apartment block has sold for mega-money.

The apartment in question is a 1930s end-of-terrace, complete with iron railings, white facade and brickwork steps leading up to the front door. It's a Mary Poppins humdinger of a place that would typically sell for a few million quid.

But what is essentially on offer here is a compact collection of mud, rock and God knows what else, preserved through the ages by the apartments plunked on top of it. It is a sure sign of the sheer lunacy of the current property market, that somebody is desperate enough for a pad in London that they're willing to buy a 2000 sq ft plot of mud instead.

However, going subterranean appears to be on-trend at the moment. Only a few weeks ago a London millionaire was granted planning permission to build a gigantic basement beneath his property in Chelsea - much to the dismay of his neighbours, might I add. For years, it's been about building to the sky, but could something be changing?

It will certainly be interesting to see what becomes of the Bloomsbury basement in recent weeks as it may just prove that going underground is a viable option for new-builds.