Our history and buildings

The FCO has come a long way since its beginnings in 1782. You can read about our history and check out every one of our former foreign secretaries.

In 1782 it all fitted into two fairly modest houses in London. It's grown since then and you can tour our buildings to find out about our current Grade 1 listed Whitehall home or explore some of the new Foreign Office buildings abroad, from Berlin to Sao Paolo, Dar es Salaam to Copenhagen. They’re quality designs that promote and reinforce the UK's modern image.

A Brief history of the FCO

Read our introductory history about the FCO and its buildings.

Tour our buildings

Tour of  FCO buildings, embassies, at home and abroad

See Also

The Foreign Office in the 1930s

Visiting the FCO

Find out how to get to King Charles Street.

map of king charles street