The New US Embassy London
The New US Embassy London address:
Embassy of the United States of America
33 Nine Elms Lane
Nothing much has changed regarding the actual process for US citizen services; registering a birth, applying for a passport, renewing a child passport BUT, the new US Embassy is in a different part of London. Our most recent trip was to renew, in person for the last time, our daughter’s American passport (Don’t worry, we still have three more times we will need to go for our other children, so will update any changes on this blog.) so we started, as always, on the website by booking an appointment. As before, this is done online and you need to ensure you follow the instructions. What to bring with you will depend on the US service you are going for and the information is pretty clear on their website.
One thing that is very different is the surrounding area. There is no parking nearby so tricky to drive there. The nearest tube station is Vauxhall and since the appointments tend to be early in the morning, it may be necessary to travel up the day before and stay overnight somewhere. We were able to take a taxi leaving at 5am in order to arrive on time. Not cheap but hassle free as the trains don’t really start early enough for a stress-free journey. If you do drive in, don’t forget to pay the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charge beforehand. It’s easy to do online and means you won’t be hit with a penalty fine.
There are very few eateries or shops that are open early, as we discovered! We did find a gem of a place right in the heart of New Covent Garden Market. Just a short walk from the US Embassy and open early!
Reasonably priced breakfast, great tea/coffee and a really nice atmosphere with the hustle and bustle at the start of a new working day. We actually recommended this to the man processing our application who said popping out for lunch wasn’t as convenient anymore!
After the appointment, the location isn’t too bad for getting into the city. We walked over the bridge to go to Tate Britain but of course it was closed at that time in the morning, ha ha. So you can either hop on a bus or get the tube at Vauxhall. We ended up walking because it wasn’t raining and it only took us a half hour to walk to Trafalgar Square where there are so many options for something to do.
Many of the same hints and tips from my previous post on the US Embassy London are still relevant. And some of the comments too so do check that post as well. Feel free to comment on here if you have a helpful hint or tip about visiting the new one. We don’t have babies anymore so someone else may be able to share an experience that would be helpful to parents with younger children.
Meghan Peterson Fenn is the author of Bringing Up Brits, co-author of Inspiring Global Entrepreneurs, co-founder and Director of Design and Web at Shake It Up Creative. And, she is an award winning expat blogger and mother of three.