When you are setting out for your visa, citizenship, or re-entry permit appointment at the US Embassy in London, make sure to head to the right place. The post moved to the Battersea Park section of the London Borough of Wandsworth in mid-January 2018.
The new US Embassy in London is accessible from Vauxhall or Battersea Park stations. Both are large bus, underground and train terminals. From either of these a transfer must be made to Bus 156 or 344 to get off at Elm Quay Court, or one could walk 10 minutes from Vauxhall or 16 minutes from Battersea Park station.
The new location opened to the public in January 16, 2018. The old location was in May Fair at 24 Grosvenor Square. The new address has the catchy new postal code with “US” in it:
33 Nine Elms Lane
Public Entry Point
The public entry is called the South Pavilion Consular Services entrance. The entrance features airport-style security screening. Consider arriving 15 minutes before your appointment to clear the screening. They will not allow you in more than 30 minutes before your appointment. To access the USCIS in the US Embassy to pick up a re-entry permit, enter via the consular visitor’s entrance, press "American Services" in the elevator, and proceed to the third floor US passports waiting room. Take a seat near Window #47.
Sample Route from Kensington
One scenic route from Kensington is via the 452 bus to Battersea Park Station.
Leaving from Kensington Church Street and Holland Street, you will soon see the official London home of Prince William and Kate/Catherine, Dutchess of Cambridge, Kensington Palace. You can also look left and view the garden where Prince Harry introduced his fiancé Meghan Markle to the world.
Coming up on your right is the grand rotunda Royal Albert Hall. This small, but distinguished, concert hall still hosts concerts by Van Morrison, Eric Clapton and The Who, as well as movie openings. On your left is Prince Consort National Memorial, the golden statue of Queen Victoria’s beloved Prince Albert.
Continuing on, on your left is Hyde Park and the lawns south of the Serpentine Lake. If you are lucky, you may see the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, a ceremonial, cavalry regiment of the British Army, performing exercises on the lawn. You are passing their Knightsbridge Barracks at Rutland Gardens.
Passing that look sharply right to see the famous fiery orange tile faced department store Harrods. The bus will now turn right down the next shopping street, Sloane Street, home of world-famous designers.
South of Sloane Square, you will pass the impressive Lister Hospital in a building dating from 1891 on your right and head over the Chelsea Bridge of the Thames River. You’ve arrived at Battersea Park Station, where you need to transfer to bus 344, 436 or 156, at stop A, for an 8-minute bus ride to Elm Quay Court, or walk east along Battersea Park Road toward the Thames to the US Embassy, a 16-minute walk.