The buildings surrounding Grosvenor Square have been rebuilt several times. The square is currently encircled by embassies and neo-Georgian mansion blocks.
A central statue to Franklin D Roosevelt and a 9/11 memorial garden are clues to the square’s long-standing connection to the United States. Not only has it housed the US embassy since 1938, former President John Adams lived at No. 9, and it was the site of General Dwight D Eisenhower’s headquarters during the Second World War.
The central square, which was originally reserved for the use of the the occupants of the surrounding houses, is now a public park managed by The Royal Parks. Every summer the Square plays host to the Grosvenor-organised ‘Summer in the Square’. This free event, taking place over several weeks, features foodie pop-ups, oversized games such as giant chess, cultural performances and community events.