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1. British Council office

Construction work on the house started in 1900 and it was first owned by Mrs. Catherina Deșliu, as the building licence states (file 179/1900, PMB Tehnic, Bucharest Town Hall Archives), then it belonged to the Simionescu-Râmniceanu family. The British Council opened its Romanian office in 1938. The house it currently operates from was bought in 1994 by the Council. The restoration work began in 1998.

2. The British Embassy in Bucharest

The British Legation, established in 1880, is mentioned in the cadastral map of 1911. The house is designated a listed property and is situated in the protected area of 34, Pitar Moș. (Position of listed building - 1473/B-II-m-B-19188, end of 19th century)

3. Conacul Golescu-Grant/Palatul Belvedere (Golescu-Grant manor house / Belvedere Palace)

Around 1784, Dinicu Golescu started the building of a residence on the bank of the river Dâmbovița. In 1830, Dinicu Golescu and Heliade Rădulescu decided that this “house with a tower” should be a boarding school for the girls of the wealthy boyars. The Grant family owned Belvedere Gardens and Dinicu Golescu’s estate, inherited by his granddaughter, Zoe Racoviță who was to become Effingham Grant’s wife. This would later develop into a residential area known under the name of Grant (stretching as far as Gara de Nord (the Northern Train Station), Giulești and the military hospital; this is also where the family home was). The building has had several names: Palatul Belvedere (Belvedere Palace), Casa cu Turn (The Tower House) and Conacul Golescu-Grant (the Golescu-Grant manor house). Today, the building is known as ‘Palatul Copiilor‘ in district 6.     

4. Cotroceni Palace - the north wing

The north wing of the palace was built according to the plans designed by the architect Grigore Cerchez between 1913 - 1915 and 1925-1926. The new wing of the palace was built on Queen Marie’s initiative and it reflects the features of the national Romanian style both in architecture and in interior design.

5. Anglican Church

It was built in 1914, according to the plans designed by the architect Victor Ștephănescu, on a plot donated to the British community by the Bucharest Town Hall, in 1899.

6. Building at 36, Spătarului Street

Building at 36, Spătarului Street, this is where Ivor Porter and other British people lived in 1941, in Mrs. Arditti’s flat.

7. House at 3, Boteanu Street

House at 3, Boteanu Street, this is where the Anglo-Rumanian Society had its office (1927-1939).