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The Embassy of Spain in London at 24 Belgrave Square is the diplomatic mission of Spain in the United Kingdom. Spain also maintains a Consulate General at 20 Draycott Place, Chelsea, a Defence Office at 3 Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, an Education, Employment & Social Affairs Office at 20 Peel Street, Holland Park and an Economic & Commercial Section at 66 Chiltern Street, Marylebone.
The embassy is situated in a stucco detached house designed by Henry E. Kendall and built between 1840 and 1850 on Belgrave Square in Belgravia, Westminster, London. The building is Grade I listed for its architectural merit.
In the reign of Elizabeth I the Bishops of Ely let their palace and chapel in Ely Place to the Spanish Ambassador and, until the reign of Charles I, it was occupied by the High Representative of the Court of Spain. During this period the chapel (now St Etheldreda's Church) was freely used by English Roman Catholics.
After the restoration of Charles II the Spanish Embassy was re-established in London, first on Ormond Street and then at Hertford House, Manchester Square, where the Wallace Collection is now housed. Here, in 1793-96, shortly after the Roman Catholic Relief Act 1791 repealed some of the laws affecting Catholic worship, a chapel, St James's, Spanish Place, was built to designs by Joseph Bonomi on the corner of Spanish Place and Charles Street (now George Street), Westminster largely through the efforts of Thomas Hussey, chaplain at the embassy. In 1827 the official Spanish connection with the chapel ceased.
Plaque outside the embassy depicting the Coat of arms of Spain
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