BRITISH EMBASSIES: their diplomatic and architectural history

Event date | Oct 08, 2018

Monday 8th October 6.30 to 8pm

St. Luke’s Hall, St. Luke’s St., SW3

James Stourton is the author of “British Embassies: their diplomatic and architectural history” and will talk to us about the structure and history of these magnificent buildings, which have served as residences for British Ambassadors around the world.

Former Chairman of Sotheby’s UK, and author of many books including “The British as Art Collectors from the Tudors to the Present” and an acclaimed biography of Lord (Kenneth) Clark.  James Stourton has agreed to speak to the Chelsea Society about his excellent and often amusing book about British Embassies (launched at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office) and photographed in detail by Luke White.

They travelled to 26 cities from Cairo to Kuwait, Rangoon to Rome, a choice both personal and pragmatic, to record the buildings as they are today and to investigate the stories behind their facades while James’s research took him through numerous sources and early diplomatic memoirs plus interviews with retired diplomats. The journey is full of fascinating anecdote and humour showing how our embassies continue to reflect our national character.

Tickets £10, (to include a glass of wine), from the Box Office of the Cadogan Hall in person, or by post with cheque payable to Cadogan Hall at 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ, or by phone 0207-730-4500 (not online).

Members may bring guests, who will be admitted free of charge if they bring a completed application form for membership of the Society.  This can be downloaded from

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