About the Area
Grosvenor Square is an urban park square located in central London's prestigious Mayfair District. This square is most notable for being the home of the American Embassy. The name "Grosvenor Square" is often used both as a reference to the square itself, and as a metonym for the American Embassy in London. In addition to this and other embassies, the square is also home to hotels, restaurants, and various financial sector businesses such as asset management and investment companies. Historically, Grosvenor Square was developed around the beginning of the 18th century, and soon became one of London's most desirable residential locations. The American presence in the area started in 1785, when John Adams established the first American mission in the UK, and lived in a house that still stands today on the northeastern corner of the square. The current American Embassy, which takes up the entire western side of the square, was built in 1960.
Places Of Interest
Grosvenor Square itself is surrounded by roadways on three sides. In the middle of the square, you will find gardens and walkways as well as three American memorial sites: the Roosevelt Memorial, the Eagle Squadron Memorial, and the September 11th Memorial Gardens. Although Grosvenor Square became commonly known as "little America" during the Second World War, the USA is not the only country with a presence here. On the eastern side of the square, directly across from the American Embassy, sits the Italian Embassy. Also around the square is the Indonesian Embassy, which sits on Grosvenor Street on the southern side of the square. Finally, in the old home of the American Embassy on the eastern end of the square sits MacDonald House, part of the Canadian High Commission in London. The Canadian government purchased this building from the US in 1960, and soon thereafter established MacDonald House as the Canadian High Commissioner's official residence. Around the square, you will also find some high-end restaurants, such as Avista (Italian cuisine) and 34 (a steakhouse) on the south side of the square, as well as Gordon Ramsay's Maze restaurant (French cuisine) on the north end. While there are several financial sector businesses in the area, the nearest major banking institutions lie a few blocks to the north of the square, on Oxford Street, close to the Bond Street Tube station.
The easiest way to arrive at the square on the London Underground is via Bond Street Station, on Oxford Street. This station is part of the Central and Jubilee lines. From this station, you can walk south along either Davies Street or Gilbert Street until you cross Brook Street. Heading east along Brook Street, you will soon find yourself at the northeastern corner of Grosvenor Square (near the former home of John Adams). If you are driving, this square lies just to the east of Hyde Park, so if you are heading along Park lane, you can turn east onto Upper Brook street which will lead you directly to the square. There are some street parking spaces available on the streets surrounding the square, and there is also a large car park situated just south of the square on Adam's Row. If you prefer to walk or cycle, Grosvenor Square is only a short distance from Hyde Park, making this an easily accessible destination.