As an expat you’ll want to get settled as fast as possible after your relocation to London. Part of the excitement of moving to London is the chance to immerse yourself in a new country and a new culture. As a foreigner though, you always need to know where your countries embassy is located and how to get hold of them in a hurry.

For Americans moving to London, the Embassy of the United States is found at 24 Grosvenor Square, London W1A 2LQ. The embassy will eventually be moving to new premises in 2017, but for now, memorize the Grosvenor Square address. The main switchboard number is +[44] (0) 20 7499 9000. In the event of an emergency, this number is available 24 hours a day. The embassy is open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 5.30pm. They are closed on weekends and for all British and American holidays.

Relocation to London – Why your embassy is so important

Your embassy, no matter which country in the world you are from is your official connection to your homeland. They are not just there to forge trade links and issue visas. They are a legal, political and social representative of your rights in a foreign country. While you are not allowed to break the laws of any country that you are living in, you embassy is there to help if you need them.

You will visit your embassy at least once after your relocation to London your visa may need renewing, your passport may need renewing or you may lose some official documents. If your passport is going to expire, ensure that you apply well in advance of the expiry date. You NEVER want to be in a foreign country without a passport.

Your embassy is not all about emergencies and desperate spy affairs. Your embassy is also an important social aspect of your relocation to London. Through your embassy you can get information about other expat groups and work opportunities. They provide assistance in bereavement, visit expats in prison and can even help you register a postal in vote in your country’s elections.

The best way to keep informed about issues and information about your country of origin is to visit the website of your embassy.