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Today's the final day to visit our iconic headquarters in this year's #OpenHouseLondon #OpenHouseFCO

This beautiful shot by @lenscape_artist captures a view of the Grand Staircase. It was designed by George Gilbert Scott in 1868, 150 years ago, with restoration work completed in 1990.
If you didn't visit this weekend, you can still view our interactive virtual tour (link in bio). #openhouse #history #picoftheday #architecture #architecturephotography #london #londonist #londoncity #MetroLDN #visitlondon #timeoutlondon #thisislondon #londonarchitecture #londonbuildings #londonhistory

This weekend we've opened our doors for #OpenHouseLondon
A great shot from @njvisual of the Muses' Staircase and its beautiful octagonal glass lantern, part of the former India Office.
Can’t visit us this weekend? Try our interactive virtual tour (link in bio). #OpenHouseFCO

#openhouse #history #picoftheday #architecture #architecturephotography #london #londonist #londoncity #MetroLDN #visitlondon #timeoutlondon #thisislondon

Tomorrow we’ll be opening our doors for @openhouselondon! Come and find out about the history of our iconic building and the work that goes on there today.
Can’t make it? Try our interactive virtual tour (link in bio). #openhousefco #openhouse #openhouselondon #history #picoftheday #architecture #architecturephotography #london #londonist #londoncity #MetroLDN #visitlondon #timeoutlondon

The Foreign Secretary has been in Burma for talks on the Rohingya crisis. During his two-day visit, Jeremy Hunt announced additional UK support for victims of sexual violence and visited northern Rakhine, the area from where thousands of Rohingya have fled. He also spoke to human rights defenders and held talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
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A beautiful shot by @andreah1306 of The India Office Council Chamber in the FCO. From 1868 to 1947 India policy was discussed and determined inside this impressive room. Come and see it for yourself this weekend at #OpenHouseFCO . #openhouse #openhouselondon #london #londoncity #history #igerslondon #visitlondon #india #architecture #architecturephotography #architecturelovers #art #diplomacy #timeoutlondon #MetroLDN #london4all

This ‘muse staircase’ in the Foreign Office leads up to the former office of the Secretary of State for India. The paintings on the wall depict France’s last royal couple - Napoleon III and Princess Eugénie.
Find out more about our iconic building in our virtual tour (link in bio) or come along this weekend for Open House.

#openhouse #OpenHouseFCO #openhouselondon #london #londoncity #history #igerslondon #visitlondon #india #architecture #architecturephotography #architecturelovers #art #diplomacy #timeoutlondon #MetroLDN #london4all

It’s 1 week to go until we open our doors for @openhouselondon.
Here’s a great shot from @steven.maddison of our Locarno reception room. The room’s ceiling depicts elaborate designs of classical figures and signs of the zodiac.
Find out more about this room in our virtual tour (link in bio). #openhouse #OpenHouseFCO #openhouselondon #history #london #londonist #londonphotography #architecture #architecturephotography #MetroLDN #visitlondon #art #artphotography #design

#Repost of @tmnikonian ‘s amazing shot of the Grand Staircase inside the Foreign Office building. The staircase rises 60ft in height, and is crowned by an elaborately painted domed ceiling. In the centre of the dome you can see 20 female figures surrounding a sun. These figures represent the countries Britain had diplomatic relations with in the 1860s.
Come and see it for yourself at @openhouselondon on 22nd and 23rd September

#OpenHouse #Openhouselondon #OpenHouseFCO #MetroLDN #VisitLondon #londonist #foreignoffice #architecturephotography #architecture #london #londoncity #igerslondon #art #history

“Never forgotten, always remembered fare thee well Kofi Annan. Damirifa due!” The British High Commission in Accra fly their flags at half-mast for the funeral of Kofi Annan. A UK delegation, led by the FCO’s Lord Ahmad, were represented at a moving service today that reflected his legacy at the UN particularly on human rights and justice. Also at the funeral was British High Commissioner Iain Walker, who commented “A day to reflect on the life and achievements of Kofi Annan… we celebrate his humanity, his humility, his leadership.”
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#kofiannan #ghana #accra #remembrance #respect #picoftheday #photooftheday #legacy #humanity #peace

Durbar Court was designed by Matthew Digby Wyatt in 1868, and was the focal point of the former India Office. The third storey is adorned with names of Indian provinces and cities.
Find out more about the Durbar Court in our virtual tour - link in bio.

Photo: @justefe
#openhouse #openhousefco #openhouselondon #londonphotography #londonist #history #architecturephotography #visitlondon #MetroLDN #timeoutlondon #londoncity #igerslondon #art #india

The Locarno Treaties, designed to reduce strife and tension in Europe, were formally signed in this Foreign Office conference room in 1925.
Find out more about the conference room in our virtual tour, or come and see it for yourself at #openhouselondon on 22&23 September

Photo: @andreah1306
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The Grand Staircase forms the heart of the Foreign Office. Designed by architect George Gilbert Scott in 1868, he chose lavish decoration to impress foreign visitors.

Come and see it for yourself at @openhouselondon on 22&23 September

#OpenHouse #Openhouselondon #OpenHouseFCO #MetroLDN #VisitLondon #londonist #foreignoffice #architecturephotography #architecture #london #londoncity #igerslondon #art #history

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