Qatari Diar to convert US Embassy in London into luxury hotel

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Qatari Diar Real Estate has won the approval to convert the US Embassy on London’s Grosvenor Square into a luxury hotel. 

The project in the Mayfair district, which will include stores and restaurants in addition to 137 rooms, was approved by Westminster City Council. 

Sheikh Jassim Al Thani, chief executive and chairman of Qatari Diar UK said: “A hotel of this calibre perfectly aligns with the vision and ambitions for the neighbourhood and will help to ensure Mayfair retains its pre-eminent reputation as an outstanding place to live, visit and work.”

The US State Department agreed to sell the existing embassy building in 2009 to fund a relocation to the Nine Elms district, south of the Thames. The opening of the new embassy is scheduled to be completed in spring 2017.

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