Apart from it’s boxy architecture, the US Embassy in London is also noted for the lake and garden that surround it. Oh, and a US President who publicly derided his own outpost of political power in the UK. The lake and gardens are an integral part of the new Embassy in Nine Elms, being not just decorative and thanks to water reclamation, environmental, but also part of the defensive structure around the building. The moat lake only protects one side, the side where high speed vehicles could approach from, and if they were to do so, they’d fall down a sloping garden, into a lake and be stopped dead. That’s if they get past the metal bollards that line the border, and are rather pleasingly hidden between two hedges.
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