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New US Embassy in London is object of debate

Chancery faces criticism in British press but project's design has its defenders among intelligentsia

The new US Embassy, under construction in the district of Nine Elms on the South Bank of the Thames, in London. The new design, grittier location and departure from tradition have their critics.


ONE neighbour, a countess named Anca Vidaeff, staged a hunger strike to protest it. Another neighbour, the chairwoman of a local residents' group, said it made people "very, very nervous" about bomb threats and suggested it find a new home.

They are about to get their wish

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