Qatar royals plan London Palace

1 -3 Cornwall Terrace, Regents Park NW1Picture by GLENN COPUS ©

Qatari royals have submitted plans to build a $300m mega-palace for themselves in London’s Regents Park, the UK media has reported. Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned bought three homes in Regents Park last year for $190m. Plans have now being put forward which will see the homes being converted into one huge mansion.

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The new home would be a “33,000 sq ft mansion, boasting a spa, heated swimming pool, beauty salon, butler and nanny quarters, a children’s floor, games rooms, powder rooms, massage areas, two lifts and a gymnasium,” according to reports in a British newspaper.

Her family currently own The Shard, Harrods and the Olympic village in London. However the new 13 bedroom mansion will be the London home of Sheikh Hamad’s son, the current emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

The Grade 1 listed buildings bought by the Qataris are 1, 2 and 3 Cornwall Place.which  were designed in the 1820s by Decimus Burton, the protégé of John Nash, the architect who designed Buckingham Palace. It was named after King George IV, whose titles included the Duke of Cornwall.

The homes were badly damaged  during the Second World War by air attacks. After refurbishment, one of the properties was the official residence of the New Zealand High Commissioner from 1955 until the seventies and saw lavish parties for royalty, celebrities and ambassadors.

It was then overtaken by squatters in 1975 who called themselves the Rainbow People – before being redeveloped in 2007 by a property company and sold.

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