January 4, 2020

The 37th International Churchill Conference will take place in London at the Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square on 22–24 October. This will be the first conference to take place in the United Kingdom since 2015, and we can expect this year’s program will be of the highest level. Registration and hotel reservation information will be provided in the coming months, but be sure to block out the dates now for a conference you will not want to miss.

The London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square is located in the heart of the historic Mayfair district. Sir Richard Grosvenor obtained a licence to develop the square and the surrounding streets in 1710, and development took place between 1725 and 1731.

Grosvenor Square became the traditional home of the official American presence in London when John Adams established the first American mission to the Court of St. James’s in 1785 and lived from 1785 to 1788 in the house which still stands on the corner of Brook and Duke Streets. During the Second World War, General Dwight D. Eisenhower established a military headquarters at 20 Grosvenor Square, and during this time the square was nicknamed “Eisenhower Platz.” From 1938 to 2018, the United States Embassy successively occupied two different buildings on the square. The first of these buildings subsequently served the Canadian High Commission until 2014 as MacDonald House.

Although the US Embassy has now been moved to a new building in the Nine Elms district, there remains a strong American presence in Grosvenor Square. A statue of President Franklin D. Roosevelt stands in the square, as does a later statue of Eisenhower and a still later one of President Ronald Reagan. The square also contains the Eagle Squadrons Memorial and a a memorial garden dedicated to the 67 British victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001

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The hotel is within short walking distance of Hyde Park and the shopping district of Oxford Street. The nearby Bond Street tube station offers easy access from the hotel to all of the sites and experiences that London has to offer. As Dr. Johnson said, “When a man is tired of London he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”

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