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FCO spared in Spending Review
The Chancellor has protected the FCO’s budget in the Spending Review, heeding warnings from the Foreign Affairs Committee that further cuts would be “irresponsible” and limit Britain’s ability to act effectively...

Embassies say: #NousSommesUnis
Flags flew at half mast at embassies across London as the diplomatic community united in solidarity with France against the terrorist atrocities in Paris that killed 129 people...

Stay alert but not alarmed, say police

No strategy, no Syria strikes say MPs
Senior MPs have warned the UK Government against extending military action into Syria in the absence of  “a coherent international strategy” in a report published by the Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC)...

Lack of refugee vetting is risk to EU
Inadequate controls of the European Union’s external borders in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis is a serious security threat, Home Affairs Select Committee Chair Keith Vaz MP cautioned at a recent...


Read the latest interviews by clicking on the country below.

To read the interviews of the Ambassadors and High Commissioners based in London please click here

HE Mr Martin Eichtinger

"The Austrian government is strongly in favour of fair burden sharing and for each EU country taking a quota. It’s about solidarity but it is also sensible because if you spread out the asylum seekers, integration is more manageable"

Costa Rica
HE Mr Enrique Castillo

"After the global financial crisis our traditional donors closed the funding tap. So we need to work smart and to look for win-win outcomes, such as investment and knowledge transfer"

HE MS Foo Chi Hsia

"Trade is our history, our lifeline, our future... We are working carefully behind the scenes so that both the TPP and RCEP work in parallel and the hope is they will eventually converge to a free trade area of the Asia-Pacific"


To view photos of the recent events below, please click here

Africa Day
Azerbaijan – Republic Day
Bahamas – Independence Day
Consular Corps Cruise
Croatia – Independence Day
Diplomatic Club Party
Embassy Education Conference 2015
Embassy Induction Seminar 2015
Georgia – Independence Day
Latin American Investment Forum
Mozambique – 40th Anniversary of Independence
Slovenia – National Day
Swiss Cultural Fund’s Friendship and Love Summer Concert
US – Independence Day

To purchase photos please contact our photographer Pierre de Villiers - photos@embassymagazine.com


US Embassy hosts superstar for LGBT Aids fund launch
In the run-up to World Aids Day, US Ambassador Matthew Barzun hosted megastar and gay rights campaigner Sir Elton John at Winfield House...

Queen is ‘ultimate’ diplomat
In tributes to The Queen on her becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history, London’s ambassadors called her “the ultimate diplomat”...

Spring Fair discontinued
Rising costs and falling revenue have prompted the organisers of the Spring Fair to discontinue the annual diplomatic charity fundraiser in...

Police guard for Assange ended
The Met Police have discontinued their 24/7 guard outside the Ecuadorian Embassy stating that the £12.6m bill for the operation was....


EU envoys urge debate on #UKinEU
EU heads of mission in London must “engage” the British public in debate on Britain’s membership of the EU now that Prime Minister...


Frontline consular service for FCO
Tracking down a Scottish chef in Belgium who can cook haggis was one of many outlandish requests fielded by British consuls last year...

Schengen Visa Information System goes live in UK
From Friday 20 November all Schengen visas issued in the UK will be biometric. Those applying for a Schegen visa will have to appear...

SA visas outsourced to VFS
Outsourcing giant VFS Global has secured the contract to facilitate visa applications for the South African High Commission at application...


Tools of ‘data diplomacy’
Using data creatively is an effective tool for making a point through social media channels, digital experts advised a packed audience of press...

Why geography matters to diplomacy
Vladimir Putin is predictable. Western leaders and diplomats caught on the hop by Russia’s recent military activity should take a closer...

DPAAL visits Sky studios
A group of 13 DPAAL members visited the Sky News and Sky Digital studios in Isleworth where they met Matt Rhodes, Sky News...

Germany v Bolivia in first Embassy World Cup Final
Germany made it through to the first finals of the Embassy World Cup Football after booting out rivals England in the traditional way...

BVI representative wins WDS Scholarship award
The Scholarship Committee at the Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance and the Women in Diplomatic Service...

New YDL Committee for 2016
Members of the Young Diplomats re-elected Bartosz Tymkowski of the Polish Embassy as President at their Annual General Meeting...

LEARN votes for winning logo
The London Education And Research Network (LEARN) has a brand new logo after staging an international competition in which embassies...


Ship shape
Self-taught marine artist, adventurer and wife of the Danish Ambassador Susanne Fournais exhibited evocative paintings of ships...

Take a walk on the wild side at Estonia’s new embassy
Forests, marshes, moss-like rugs and even wild bird song in the bathrooms delighted guests at the opening of the new Estonian...


Making sustainability Crystal clear
Ahead of make-or-break UN climate change talks in Paris in December, economic attachés from the AERL met at The Crystal, one of...

Mid-size firms key to jobs, growth
Governments should follow the German  model to support medium-sized enterprises for jobs and economic growth, a leading business...


Staying safe online
The hacking of Talk Talk account holders was a reminder to all of us to take measures to keep our data out of the hands of fraudsters..

Embassy Consular Conference 2015 Helping consuls help their citizens

The Embassy Consular Conference aims to help consuls under pressure. If you are a Consul this event is a must for you and it is totally FREE.

Date: 27 November 2015
Time: 11:45 - 18:00
Venue: Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place. St James's Street, London SW1A 1LR

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Embassy Event Expo 2016

This is the must-attend expo for all embassy event organisers to help plan their programme, whether it’s a VIP visit, trade show and delegation, investment conference, cultural exhibition or gala diplomatic reception. FREE entry for diplomats.

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Embassy Education Conference 2016

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This must-attend event brings together diplomats with international officers at Britain’s top universities and schools to exchange views on important issues affecting global education. FREE entry for diplomats.

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8th Annual Embassy Induction Seminar for newly arrived diplomats and their families 2016

Date: October 2016
From: 09:00 - 18:00
Venue: No 11 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN

The Embassy Induction Seminar is an essential introduction to diplomacy in London and is FREE for newly-arrived diplomats and their families.

For further information please click here

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BMW 7 Series Launch

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