'Hidden vaults' - two words guaranteed to stir us from our January slumber. The vaults in question are beneath Lower Richmond Road, Putney...and they're about to be turned into a restaurant.
The successful application also includes provision to burrow through the river wall onto the 'poorly used' embankment area. A separate application, yet to be approved, would allow this space to be used for a bit of al fresco.
Ironically, the self-same bit of embankment is also coveted by the organisation that knows more than anyone about subterranean spaces in London. Thames Water have proposed the space as a work site for their 14-mile Thames sewer tunnel. Either way, bottoms-up!