About the Embassy
Updated: 01 May 2014
Ambassador Barzun was officially sworn in by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on 15th August 2013 at the Department of State in Washington, DC.
You can read about Ambassador Barzun's activities on his speeches page.
The Ambassador, or Chief of Mission, is the highest ranking American official in the United Kingdom. The position’s full title is "Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary". It is "extraordinary" in that the Ambassador is the personal representative of the President of the United States to Her Majesty the Queen. The "plenipotentiary" in the title indicates full power to negotiate. As well as being responsible for the work of the various sections of the Embassy, the Ambassador coordinates the activities of all departments and agencies of the United States Government with representatives in Britain.
Deputy Chief of Mission
The Deputy Chief of Mission ('Minister') is Elizabeth L. Dibble.
Assisting the Ambassador is the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), a position carrying the rank of Minister. The DCM is responsible for the day to-day running of the Embassy and also undertakes high-level representation, negotiation, appraisal, and reporting duties. In the Ambassador's absence the Minister becomes Chargé D'Affaires, thereby assuming all the Ambassador's functions and responsibilities.
Photos of the Embassy
High-resolution images of the U.S. Embassy London are available further down the page.
- American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)
- Consular Section (CA)
- Commercial Service
- Customs, see, Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
- Defense Attaché
- Department of Homeland Security (Immigration/DHS)
- Economic Affairs
- Foreign Agricultural Service
- Internal Revenue Service
- London Regional Media Hub
- Public Affairs
- Office of Defense Cooperation
- Deputy Chief of Mission: Elizabeth L. Dibble
- Minister Counselor for Management: Lawrence Richter
- Counselor for Agricultural Affairs: Stan Phillips
- Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs: John D. Breidenstine
- Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs/Consul General: Debra Heien
- Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs: Whitney Baird
- Counselor for Political Affairs: Kit Traub
- Minister Counselor for Public Affairs: Eric A. Johnson
- Belfast, Northern Ireland Consul General: Gregory S. Burton
- Edinburgh, Scotland Principal Officer: Zoja D. Bazarnic
- Hamilton, Bermuda, Consul General: Robert Settje
New U.S. Embassy
Performance and Accountability Reports
The Embassy is present on several social networking sites and runs several blogs. Here is a list of our social media services:
Blogs: The Embassy's Special Relationship Magazine features postings from many contributors.
Here is our list of topics:
Ambassador Barzun | Education | Embassy Thoughts | Environment, Science, Technology & Health | Shared History | U.S. Citizen Services | U.S. Visas & Travel |
BuzzFeed: Our most popular content, as selected by you!
Facebook: Embassy London | Consulate-General Belfast |
Photos: on Flickr - all albums | New London Embassy construction |
Tumblr: Ambassadors of the Special Relationship |
Twitter: Ambassador Barzun | All accounts | Consular | Embassy | Press Office | Consulate-General Belfast | Consulate-General Edinburgh |
Audio/Video: Youtube | Podcast archive | RSS: Policy news - Embassy service updates |
Photos of the U.S. Embassy in Grosvenor Square
The Ambassador to the Court of St. James's is the personal representative of the President, and oversees the Embassy, as well as Consulates General in Edinburgh, Belfast and Hamilton, Bermuda. He also oversees Virtual Presence Post Cardiff. The Ambassador's residence is Winfield House.
Representatives from the State Department and 26 other U.S. Government agencies manage portfolios concerning economic, commercial and agricultural affairs, consular and immigration issues, customs, transportation, and law enforcement activities, as well as political and military relations, and public affairs.
• New U.S. Embassy
• Cultural Connections
• History of the Embassy
• Grosvenor Square
• Lincoln Bicentennial
• Winfield House
• Consulate-General Belfast
• Consulate-General Edinburgh
• Consulate-General Hamilton, Bermuda
• Virtual Presence Post Cardifff
Embassy Location Map
Using a GPS or Google Maps?
To reach the U.S. Embassy when using a GPS you must use the postcode W1A 2LQ. Any other postcode will lead you to a post office sorting station!
The Embassy is located on Grosvenor Square which is in Mayfair. If you are traveling by London Underground, take the Central Line to Bond Street or Marble Arch. If approaching the Embassy from Oxford Street, walk down North Audley Street, which is the street opposite the Marble Arch Marks & Spencer’s store and Selfridges. Access to the Embassy is via the Security Checkpoint.
Disabled Access: Those requiring assistance should make themselves known to the security guards at the gate.