The Embassy of the United Kingdom in Berlin
Address: Wilhelmstraße 70/71, Berlin, D- 10117
Tel.: +49 (0)30 204 570
Amb. Sebastian Wood
Sir Sebastian Wood, Britain’s Ambassador to Germany, took over the position of the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Germany in September 2015. Before joining the FCO Sebastian studied Mathematics and Philosophy at Magdalen College, Oxford. Before his current posting, he served as British Ambassador to China from 2010 to 2015.
Sebastian joined the Foreign Office in 1983. After a posting to the British Embassy in Bangkok, he learned Mandarin at the beginning of the 90s, before serving as a First Secretary in the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group in Hong Kong from 1992 to 1996. He was a Political Counsellor in Washington from 2001 to 2005 in issues related to US foreign policy in Asia.
The ambassador represents Her Majesty the Queen and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the embassy and its consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.
Diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and Germany were first established in 1797.
At the outbreak of the First World War diplomatic relations between the two states were broken off and the embassy building remained empty and relations between the two were interrupted again at the outbreak of World War II. The building was badly damaged by Allied bombing during the war and was demolished in 1950.
The British Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) was based in Bonn, the capital city of that state and the British embassy to the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) was situated near to the old embassy, at Unter den Linden 32-34.
Upon reunification in 1991, the German government returned the seat of government from Bonn to Berlin. A new embassy building was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 18 July 2000.