The Chancery and the Ambassador's Residence

The present-day Embassy buildings at 21-23 Belgrave Square were leased for 99 years in 1953. Following conversion of the three Georgian houses into one combined interior as the Ambassador's Residence and the addition of an office building, the Embassy has been fully functioning since 1955.

In the mid-70s, more office space became necessary, and the new extension in Chesham Place was inaugurated in August 1978, winning the Westminster City Council prize for architecture.

The sculpture in front of the new building, "Great Flora L", was designed by Fritz Koenig. It is intended as a fragile "call-sign" in the heart of the surging metropolis.

Following German reunification on 3 October 1990, now German National Day, the Embassy took over the former East German embassy at 34 Belgrave Square.

Publications

The German Ambassador´s Residence in London (© Regine Adlington) The German Ambassador's Residence in London by Regine Aldington

The extensive refurbishment in 1989-91 of the German ambassador's residence in London was the original catalyst for this brief survey of the art and architecture to be found at the house in Belgrave Square. In 1993, Dr. Aldington wrote a fascinating account of this unique state collection and of how it came into being.

An Embassy in Belgrave Square (© Roland Hill) An Embassy in Belgrave Square by Roland Hill

First published in 1991, "An Embassy in Belgrave Square" provides a comprehensive history of the location, Belgrave Square, the German Embassy and its Ambassadors.

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