EU Open House Day at the British Embassy
  Foreign & Commonwealth Office  
Public Service Announcement

Cantab DC is pleased to inform you that on Saturday, May 11, European Embassies throughout Washington DC will open their doors to the general public for the EU’s Open House Day.

Starting at 10:00 am, the British Embassy will host an interactive and family-friendly bazaar celebrating UK sport, culture, and tradition. Be sure to arrive early to avoid the queues. 


Each day, the dedicated staff at the British Embassy in Washington work to cultivate and promote the special cultural, creative, business, defence and trade ties we share with the United States.

On 11 May from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, the embassy will open its doors to the public for EU Open House Day, where those ties and the special relationship will be displayed for the public. See for yourself why the UK remains a fantastic destination for travel, study and business investment. Join us as we celebrate UK culture, heritage, innovation and creativity: a bit of everything that makes Britain GREAT.

For the 6th year, the British embassy has taken part in this special day-long event, which celebrates the tremendous work that other EU country embassies are doing in Washington, the bonds they share with the United States and what makes each EU country unique.

Early visitors will enjoy students from The British School of Washington, who will sing “God Save the Queen” as the gates open and will be greeted with a free Union Flag bag. British food will be available for purchase from Union Jack’s Pub. Thank you to Rolls Royce, Raytheon and Visit Wales for making our participation possible.

Buses will be available to ride from embassy to embassy. For more information about the bus route or EU Day visit


 Highlights from last year included:

  • With the theme “This is GREAT Britain”, the Embassy will showcase the GREAT aspects of an innovative and dynamic UK and the unparalleled partnership we share with the people of the United States. 
  • Activities for families include face painting, learning how to play soccer; cricket; and golf, etc.
  • Enjoy traditional British food, drink and music, with whisky tastings by Macallan and fare from Union Jack’s Pub – plus hear ‘God Save the Queen’ performed by the British School children and interact with Shakespearian players.
  • Tour the Ambassador’s Residence's symmetrical garden with its double stairs and paths leading to the rose garden and lawns, which are surrounded by trees, several of which were planted by members of the Royal Family.
  • Hear about the best in British business by meeting our sponsors and hearing about their organisations.
  • Early visitors may receive a free and eco-friendly British Embassy tote bag and enter for a chance to win a trip to Northern Ireland.

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Event Information
Saturday, May 11 2013 at 10:00am - 4:00pm [ iCal ]
British Embassy Washington
3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008 USA