Foreign & Commonwealth Office: Open House

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) opened its doors to the public for Open House London in September 2019.

Visitors had the opportunity to:

  • hear about FCO’s formation and important historic events that have taken place within its walls
  • see the impressive architecture and fine rooms
  • see how the building is being updated to meet the needs of the modern world while maintaining its historical significance
  • learn about how the modern FCO supports the government on the international stage and the service it provides to the UK public around the world
  • meet staff and heard about what it’s like to work in FCO


Take a virtual tour of the fine rooms and staircases of the FCO’s buildings

Art on display in the FCO

Watch a short film about the historic art on display in the FCO, and the role it plays in international diplomacy.