US Embassy in London
28 March 2011
The United States Embassy in London represents America’s interest in the United Kingdom. They are here to help you but they cannot help you if you perform a criminal act. If you plan an extended stay or are working in the UK you may want to register with them. Trusted family members or friends at home should have your travel plans and information on your hotel(s) and this contact information. Web: http://london.usembassy.gov/
List for all US Embassies, worldwide: http://usembassy.state.gov
US Embassy Physical Location
24 Grosvenor Square
London W1A 1AE (use this post code for mail)
(For using a GPS device, see below)
Grosvenor Square is between Upper Brook Street and Upper Grosvenor Street. It is just east of Hyde Park on maps in Mayfair.
Nearest underground stations are Marble Arch or Bond Street.
Calling the Embassy from the UK
Phone: 020 7499 9000 from within the UK (Connects to the switchboard)
Consular fax: 020-7495-5012 from within the UK
US Customs at the US Embassy: 020 7499 1212 from within the UK
Calling the Embassy from the US
Phone: 011 44 20 7499 9000 from the states (Connects to the switchboard)
Consular fax from the United States: 011-44-20-7495-5012
In the case of a life or death emergency involving a United States citizen call 20 7499 9000 (while in the UK), Calling from the US as directed above. It has prompts.
A Consular Duty Officer is available 24 hours a day.
If immediate emergency help is needed in the UK, call 999.
Security is strict and entering the embassy has special requirements. Make your request to the security people outside the embassy. No electronic devices are permitted in the building. No cell (mobile) phones, iPads, iPhones, Blackberries, laptops or PDA devices, to name a few. Large luggage or bags should be avoided. The embassy website has more. The U.S. government website has a lot of information posted. It would be a good idea to browse through it. The embassy is surrounded by added security and some entrances may have been moved since 9/11. You should call ahead if you need to stop in as they have normal business hours. All cab drivers know the way and will get you there quickly.
US Government phone numbers
All of the following numbers are within the United States.
887 487-2778 National Passport Information Center
202 955-0430 Lost or Stolen passport
888 407 4747 Overseas Citizen’s Service & Office of Children’s Issues
Calling from outside the US
202 501-4444 Overseas Citizen’s Service & Office of Children’s Issues
US Embassy GPS Location
If your are searching for the embassy’s physical location using Google Maps or a GPS system you need to use the postcode of W1A 2LQ. The mailing postcode will take you to the post office sorting station. My GPS access on 28 March 2011 placed the W1A 1AE postcode at the Post Office on Rathbone Place W1T.
See the Before You Pack and Day-to-Day sections of this guide for more information. The Day-to-Day section has information should your passport be lost or stolen.
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
STEP https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/ is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. The purpose of this program is to notify US citizens in the event of a disaster, emergency or other crisis, and for evacuation coordination.