I do like a Shard story. My recent revelations about the prevalence of hanky panky at the top of the tower graced every national paper. Now I hear that the tower has become a giant pawn in a bitter property battle.

The word is that one of the many members of the Qatari royal family, who are currently buying up most of London, is locked in a bidding war with the Duke of Westminster for one of the tower’s larger apartments.

The Shard is the perfect vantage point from which to survey one’s vast estates in central London. I understand that the duke is not enjoying the new competition.

Tags: London, property, The Shard