Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich puts UK visa worries aside as he kits out £30m London penthouse

Roman Abramovich has splashed out on a £30million London penthouse despite the Chelsea owner’s visa issues.

The steel magnate now owns a 6,000 sq ft home close to the football club’s Stamford Bridge stadium. 

He purchased the property after delays in renewing his investor visa against a backdrop of worsening UK relations with Russia.  

Abramovich has bagged the penthouse at this Chelsea Waterfront development for £30million

The Chelsea owner’s apartment is the biggest of 75 in the development and he has a team of interior designers fitting it out 

The 51-year-old is said to have given up on the application and obtained an Israeli passport that allows short trips to London despite having no visa, The Times reports.  

Father-of-seven Abramovich was the first big Russian name to withdraw his investments in Britain as tensions between President Putin and Theresa May’s government worsened.

Plans for a £1billion redevelopment of Chelsea’s ground were halted last month as the club cited the ‘current unfavourable investment climate’.

The oligarch – pictured watching Chelsea against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge – is understood to have obtained an Israeli passport 

Abramovich secured the Chelsea Waterfront property months before the visa problems started.

His design team is fitting the interior, signalling that the oligarch does not plan to quit the UK. 

The site with the tower at its centre is earmarked for completion in 2021. Abramovich’s home boasts 360 degree views of the Thames and the development includes Lots Road power station, which is being transformed into flats and businesses.  

As well as the penthouse, Abramovich forked out £85,000 each for parking spaces underground. His apartment is the biggest of 75. 

Abramovich previously bought this 15-bedroom house on Britain’s most expensive street in Kensington, west London 

The investment could dodge the capital’s property market woes, which a developer told the paper has hit the £5million to £10million properties, but not this super-prime market.    

Residential development sales head in London for Savills Ed Lewis, said: ‘Chelsea Waterfront is a couple of hundred metres too far west to be ideal for a lot of our customers and is considered Fulham rather than Chelsea by many. People are beginning to edge farther west.’

The design boom around Chelsea Harbour as well as the antique stores of New Kings Road and Lots Road are thought to have boosted popularity.  

Abramovich’s penthouse is within a short drive of the Battersea helipad. The Waterfront complex is one of many plans to regenerate west Chelsea.  


Liam Payne starts bachelor life in new London apartment while Cheryl stays in HIS Surrey mansion

He recently separated from his girlfriend of two years.

And, clearly, chart-topper Liam Payne is moving on without delay – as he proved by getting his own bachelor pad, this week.

According to reports, the ex-1D star, 24, has rented an apartment in West London, where he’s now living alone and enjoying his freedom.

The property is said to be rather lacking in “glamour”, but is also perfect for his newly-singe life, which involves touring the globe and recording in the USA without reproach.

Meanwhile, as is often the case with break-ups, ex-girlfriend Cheryl continues to live in his Surrey mansion while she raises their son, Bear.

Cheryl and Liam split

The Sun, a source said: “Liam had to find somewhere quickly when they split and his main criteria was a place in London.

“Although the Surrey house was his, he wanted Cheryl and Bear to be comfortable and safe, which is why he moved out.

“The building he’s in now is nowhere near as glamorous as anywhere he’s lived since becoming famous. It’s miles from where you’d expect a millionaire pop star to live.”

The comments come shortly after Liam opened-up about his experiences as a father.

“I always wanted to be a young dad, but I didn’t really expect that I’d ever be in this place,” he told People Magazine.

“When I’m at home, I’m a dad. Then when I [work], I see all these crazy things. I’ve been going by Dada Montana,” he joked.

Daily Star following their split.


Inside Roman Abramovich’s incredible new £30m London penthouse…the biggest clue yet the Chelsea chief doesn’t want to quit the UK

CHELSEA FC owner Roman Abramovich has completed the purchase of his £30million triplex penthouse overlooking Stamford Bridge – despite his visa problems.

The Russian tycoon faced delays in renewing his investor visa this year following worsening relations between London and Moscow in the wake of the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal.

Roman Abramovich has bought a £30million apartment at the Chelsea Waterfront development (pictured)

The 51-year-old is understood to have withdrawn his application for a UK visa and acquired an Israeli passport.

Israeli passport holders are allowed to enter Britain without a visa for short stays.

Mr Abramovich secured the penthouse several months ago, before his visa complications, The Times reported.

But it’s thought his architectural team and interior designers are now working on the apartment, indicating he doesn’t want to quit the UK altogether.

The Russian tycoon bought the property in London despite complications with his visa
The Russian billionaire has completed the purchase of the penthouse in the new Chelsea development
The interior of one of the apartments in the Chelsea Waterfront development
The inside of one of the apartments at the site, which is owned by CK Hutchison
One of the bedrooms in the development, which is within a short drive of the Battersea helipad

The billionaire’s triplex penthouse is on the 35-37th floors of the Chelsea Waterfront, a development of more than 700 homes that is dominated by Lots Road power station with its two iconic chimneys.

The entire development is not likely to be completed until 2021.

Apartments in the complex start at £2million and Mr Abramovich’s is by far the biggest.

It has floor-to-ceiling windows with 360-degree views up and down the Thames and directly over Stamford Bridge, where he recently halted a £1 billion renovation project because of his visa issues.

Lots Road was once the largest power station in the world and until it was decommissioned in 2002, it supplied power to the London Underground.

It’s now being converted into 200 apartments, with shops, cafes and restaurants at ground level.



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As well as the penthouse, Mr Abramovich splashed out £85,000 each for parking spaces underground.

The Chelsea owner also owns a 15-bedroom mansion on Kensington Palace Gardens, Britain’s most expensive street.

He’s believed to have paid £90million for the property in 2011.

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