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Coordinates: 51°30′11″N 0°11′22″W / 51.50306°N 0.18944°W / 51.50306; -0.18944

Embassy of Israel in London
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Location: South Kensington, London
Address: 2 Palace Green, London, W8 4QB
Ambassador: Mark Regev

The Embassy of Israel in London is the diplomatic mission of Israel in the United Kingdom. It is located in the South Kensington area on Kensington Palace Gardens near the junction with Kensington High Street. The building hosts both the Embassy of Israel and the Israeli Consulate, accessible via a separate entrance at 15a Old Court Place.

Location

The embassy is situated at 2 Kensington Palace Gardens, the extension of Palace Green, which is home to Kensington Palace itself as well as a number of other diplomatic delegations, and forms part of the Crown Estate. Security around the Embassy is extremely rigorous and photography of the embassy is prohibited.

The building

The embassy occupies a house originally built in 1860–62 for the author William Makepeace Thackeray and was built in red brick at his request. It was granted Grade II* listed status in 1969.

Rebuilding and re-dedication of the Embassy

On 15 March 2010, Ambassador of Israel Ron Prosor formally announced the re-dedication of the Embassy after an extensive refurbishment programme. As part of the Embassy's re-dedication, the original Music Room of the Thackeray house was named in honour of former Ambassador Shlomo Argov.

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