US embassy to be converted in to luxury hotel and restaurants

By Sophie Witts contact

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An artists impression of the hotel foyer
An artists impression of the hotel foyer

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The US embassy in Mayfair is to be converted in to a Qatari-owned luxury hotel with five restaurants as part of a £1bn development of Grosvenor Square.

The Grade II listed Chancery building will be transformed in to a 137-room hotel with a spa and ballroom for 1,000 guests.

Ambassador Matthew Barzun and his staff are set to move out of the embassy to occupy a new site in Nine Elms next year.

According to the Evening Standard, the site’s Qatari owners are set to remove the bollards and barriers surrounding the embassy – which is one of the most heavily guarded buildings in London - to create an ‘open, expansive green space’.

Jerry Holmes, chief development officer for Qatari Diar, told the Standard: “We take our responsibility to the local community very seriously and are committed to undertaking an in-depth and thorough engagement with local residents, businesses, amenity societies, heritage bodies, Westminster City Council and other local stakeholders.”

Plans will be submitted to Westminster City Council next month and a public exhibition of the scheme will run from 11-16 April at 24 Grosvenor Hill.

The American embassy has called the Chancery Building home since 1960, and has occupied a Grosvenor Square address since 1938.

Qatar already owns several major London landmarks including The Shard, Claridge's, The Berkeley and The Connaught hotel.

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