St. Paul’s Thanksgiving Day Service

The annual Thanksgiving Day Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral will take place Thursday, November 22nd 2018, at from 11 am to 12 pm. For over a century, St Paul’s has had a special relationship with Americans. In 1903, J. Pierpont Morgan, the famous financier, donated the funds to bring electricity to the Cathedral.   Following World ...
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Labor Day Marks Appreciation of America’s Workers

Labor Day, celebrated in the United States on the first Monday of each September, is the nation’s official commemoration of its workers’ contributions to national strength, prosperity and well-being. It also marks for millions of Americans the unofficial end of summer. America’s labor force is 154.4 million people strong, or about two-thirds of the working-age ...
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Young Leaders UK (YLUK)

We invite you to join YLUK; a network that connects Britain’s rising leaders, aged 18-25, with the United States, the American people and with one another. When you join YLUK you will have the opportunity to engage with senior members of the Mission, as well as with people of influence from a range of sectors ...
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Cultural Connections in Northern Ireland

The following list of cultural connections is in the greater Northern Ireland area. Other areas of interest: Cultural Connections in Scotland Cultural Connections in inner London and Outside London Cultural Connections in Wales   Ulysses S. Grant Ancestral Homestead U.S. President and Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant’s ancestors’ lived in this cottage. The cottage has been restored to include a Civil War exhibit about President Grant. ...
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U.S. Independence Day a Civic and Social Event

The United States celebrates its Independence Day on July 4, a day of patriotic celebration and family events throughout the country. In the words of Founding Father John Adams, the holiday would be “the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance. … It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, ...
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In England, royal wedding has an American accent

In a country that prides itself on royal history and traditions, the wedding of American actress Meghan Markle to Britain’s Prince Harry promises something distinctly new: several American touches. They’ll be unmistakable both during the May 19 nuptials in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle and at the glittering banquet afterward for 600 guests.
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Thanksgiving: A Cornucopia of Culinary Traditions

In the autumn of 1621, almost one year after the English Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in what is now Massachusetts, they gathered with the Wampanoag Indians for a feast celebrating the colonists’ first successful harvest. A blend of Native American and English Puritan customs, the three-day celebration combined eating with expressions of gratitude and ...
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Happy Birthday, America!

This year the U.S, Embassy London and Consulates celebrated the Declaration of Independence a little earlier than usual. Check out the photos on Flickr from the Embassy’s Independence Day party at Winfield House , the official U.S. Ambassador’s residence in London! We also created a 360-degree video of the fireworks –  you can rotate the view using the control in the top-left ...
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Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys exhibition in Grosvenor Square

April 6 marks the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. entry into WWI.  Standing side by side, the U.S. and the UK have fought together in nearly every war since WWI.  More than two million American soldiers, or Doughboys as they were known, served in Europe during the war. In commemoration, on  April 6 2017 the U.S. Embassy is ...
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Centenary of U.S. Involvement in World War I

U.S. Embassy London will commemorate the centennial of our nation entering World War I throughout 2017. We invite the public to join us in educational programs, art exhibitions, remembrance activities, and outreach events to honor the sacrifices of the past, to highlight our Special Relationship, and to stand #sidebyside in securing a peaceful future. The ...
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The Art of Resilience Exhibition, January 2017

U.S. Embassy London Cultural Affairs Office 18 January 2017 4.9 million Syrians are documented refugees; another 6.6 million are displaced within Syria.  Beyond these statistics of struggle and strife are stories of great courage, contribution, and creativity that serve as a testament to the spirit and strength of the Syrian people. The Art of Resilience ...
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Americans Celebrate Christmas with Many Traditions

Christmas, celebrated by most Christians on December 25, commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Americans, like many of the world’s peoples, have developed their own Christmas traditions and observances, and these have changed greatly over time. Today, most Americans blend religious and secular customs with their own family traditions, often incorporating food, decorations and ...
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Cultural Connections in Scotland

The following sites of interest are all in or around the city of Edinburgh and the region of Scotland. Other areas of interest include : Cultural Connections in Inner London Cultural Connections in Northern Ireland Cultural Connections in Wales Alexander Graham Bell Birthplace The inventor of the (landline !) telephone was born in Edinburgh on 3rd March 1847. His family emigrated to Canada in 1870 and the following year ...
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Remarks At the Unveiling of Miya Ando’s 9/11 Artwork

17 March 2015 (Ambassador Barzun was at the unveiling of New York artist Miya Ando’s 9/11 artwork at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park London. The artwork is made from the wreckage of the Twin Towers.) (As prepared for delivery) Ambassador Barzun: Peter, thank you for having this artwork commissioned, created and finally consecrated here today. ...
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Nominate someone to attend a screening of Selma at the U.S. Embassy

We are offering two tickets to attend a screening of Selma at the United States Embassy in London. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The screening will be on 22nd January ...
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Heritage in Peril: Iraq and Syria

   The damage and looting of historic sites in Iraq and Syria are rapidly destroying all evidence of ancient life and society. Fragile sites and buildings have suffered as collateral damage to battles, targets for purposeful ideological destruction, and prey for systematic looting. More than 90 percent of Syria’s cultural sites are inside areas of ...
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Mary Wilson of The Supremes Sings at Wychwood House

On Wednesday, 26 February 26 2014 singing legend Mary Wilson of The Supremes fame sang a set to invited guests at the the Embassy’s Wynchwood House residence. Guests included Baroness Lawrence, Baroness Benjamin and were invited to honor Black History Month. Mary was presented with a cake to mark her upcoming birthday. Photos of the event are on Flickr .   ...
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World Cup Warm-Up: U.S. Embassy 5 – 2 MPs

To celebrate, the U.S. Embassy in London played a selection of UK MPs with the Embassy running out winners 5-2. The match was officiated by renowned non-retired referee Dermot Gallagher. Members of Parliament in attendance included – Alistair Burt, Stephen Hepburn, Ian Murray, Russell Brown, Karl McCartney, David Burrowes, Greg McClymont, Paul Farrelly, Steve Rotheram, ...
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U.S. Embassy London remembers the Centenary of the U.S. Entry into WWI with the City of London

Outdoor photo exhibition at the London Guildhall, April 2017. Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-18 is an outdoor art exhibition, the latest in an acclaimed series photographed by Michael St. Maur Sheil, which documents the battlefields of the First World War and tells the story of the U.S. entry into WWI. The  exhibition  can ...
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