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History of the Embassy buildings

The Embassies of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic have, since 1918, resided in a number of beautiful buildings in central London. Although today some of them serve other purposes, they remain part of our history.

The first buildings in Grosvenor Place govern not only the beginning moment of the representation of the new state of Czechoslovakia in London, but also for a period during the Second World War housed the Office of the President and of the Government in exile. The buildings were luxuriously equipped and modernized by the Czechoslovak state but in the summer of 1944 were extensively damaged during an air raid on London. Please read further.





8-9 Grosvenor Place


The Embassy of the Czechoslovak Republic in London began work almost immediately after the establishment of the independent Czechoslovak state on the 20th November 1918. The Embassy, first rented and later leased the building at 9 Grosvenor… more ►

6-7 Kensington Palace Gardens


Since the 1950s the Embassy of the Czechoslovak Republic has been located near Kensington Gardens. The building previous to the one the Embassy is currently in was at 6 - 7 Kensington Palace Gardens. The re-location to interconnected buildings… more ►

26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens


From 1970 until the break-up of Czechoslovakia in 1993 the Czechoslovak Embassy has been located on the corner of Kensington Palace Gardens and Notting Hill Gate. The new building, designed by the architects Šrámek, Bočan and Stephansplatz, is a… more ►

Czech Garden Corner


The Czech Garden was officially opened on 9 June 1997 by Rt Hon Alan Clark, then MP for Kensington. more ►

Ambassador´s Residence


The residence of the Ambassador of the Czech Republic, also known by its poetic name Villa Magnolia, is truly a representative building, located in a prestigious London district of Hampstead. In its ground floor, as well as in the extensive… more ►