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Mayfair's US embassy to become a luxury hotel

Qatari Diar reveals plans to develop building into a 137-room hotel with 1000-capacity ballroom

Pictured: An artist's impression on how the luxury hotel will look

The home of the US embassy in Mayfair is set to be redeveloped into a five-star, Qatari-owned hotel as part of a £1 billion restoration.

American diplomats will move to new premises in Nine Elms next year and the Grade II-listed building will be turned into a 137-bedroom hotel with a ballroom capable of holding up to 1,000 guests.

The plans, which also include six high-end shops and five restaurants, are expected to be submitted to Westminster council in May. They form part of a £1 billion development of Grosvenor Square.

The Qatari owners of the embassy, Qatari Diar, has enlisted British architect Sir David Chipperfield for the design process.

  • Hugo Ponsonby Smythe of PS Taker Ltd 06/04/2016

    This is excellent news. It will bring vibrancy to one of London's most historic squares. The over-the-top defence ring circumventing the US Embassy has ruined the appeal of the area. This was the heart of London in the 1960s, Michael Caine even lived here. To have life breathed back into the area is wonderful news.

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