‘England and America,’ said George Bernard Shaw, ‘are two countries separated by a common language.’ The links between the two allies go back to The Mayflower, which left with the Pilgrim Fathers in 1621 to found a colony in the ‘New World’.

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Lincoln Memorial Tower

Erected in 1876 – centenary of American independence – in memory of Abraham Lincoln, through the efforts of local pastor Christopher Newman Hall – a strong supporter of Lincoln and the abolition of slavery. Funds were raised in America for a complex of buildings, most destroyed in WWII bombing.

Westminster Bridge Road SE1
Tube: Lambeth North

Benjamin Franklin House

Now a museum to Franklin, this 1730s terrace house is where he lived from 1757 until the start of the American Revolution in 1775. Besides his political work, ‘the father of electricity’ used it to study science and to write. Nearby (No.25) is the former home of Herman Melville (Moby Dick).

36 Craven Street WC2
Tube: Charing Cross


The Mayflower

Named for the ship which left here in 1620 with the Pilgrim Fathers bound for America. Its captain, Christopher Jones, died in 1622 and is buried in the nearby St Mary’s Church. This is the only place in England licensed to sell American stamps.

17 Rotherhithe Street SE16
Tel: +44 (0)20 7237 4088
Tube: Rotherhithe

Captain Christopher Jones

This memorial to the master of the Mayflower – buried here in 1622 – was sculpted in 1995 by Jamie Sargeant. The stylised figure of St Christopher looks back to the Old World while the child in his arms looks forward to its future in the New.

St Mary the Virgin Churchyard
St Marychurch Street
Tube: Rotherhithe

Abraham Lincoln

Irish-born sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907) created this statue for Lincoln Park, Chicago. This copy – a last-minute replacement for one by George Barnard (now in Manchester) – was presented to Britain by America in 1920 to mark 100 years of peace between the English-speaking peoples.

Parliament Square SW1
Tube: Westminster

Texas Embassy

After Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836, the new country sent a Charge d'Affaires to the Court of St James’s. This, the closest embassy to the palace, was in offices rented from Berry Bros here from 1842-1845. London’s last duel is also said to have been fought in this alleyway.

Pickering Place SW1
Tube: Green Park

Captain John Smith

Captain Smith, a parishioner of St Mary-le-Bow, was one of the first colonists of Jamestown, Virginia, and one of its leaders. Pocahontas, a young Native American woman saved his life when her tribe captured him. She married John Rolfe, died in England in 1617, and is buried in Gravesend.

Bow Churchyard EC4
Tube: Mansion House

George Washington

Frenchman Jean Antoine Houdon was chosen by Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin to sculpt the marble original of this in Richmond, Virginia. A gift from from Virginia, a London myth claims this stands on soil from the USA, after Washington's pledge that he would never again set foot on British soil.

Trafalgar Square WC2
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