05/09/2012 12:46 pm ET Updated Jul 09, 2012

Embassy Open House: Experience GREAT Britain in Washington

What is the first thing you think of when you think "United Kingdom?"

Maybe it's Buckingham Palace and the generations of kings and queens who have ruled the British Isles since Roman times. Maybe it's the plays and poems of William Shakespeare, or the fortunes of your favourite Premier League side. Maybe it's the complex, smoky taste of a malt whisky from the Scottish Highlands. Or maybe it's just our amazing weather...

Whatever it is that makes you think Britain is GREAT, we invite you to come experience it at the British Embassy on EU Open House Day on Saturday, May 12.

This is our fifth year of joining other EU embassies in opening our doors to the Washington Metropolitan area. It's a chance for each country to celebrate what makes it unique, but also the common bonds among European countries and -- just as importantly -- the bonds we share with the United States.

2012 is an especially exciting year for the UK. June marks Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, celebrating her 60th year on the throne. In July, the Olympic and Paralympic Games come to London for the third time -- the most ever for one city. We'll be highlighting these fantastic events at this year's open house, as well as the history, culture and people that make the UK such a great place to visit and do business.

The Embassy gates will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. Buses will be available to ride from embassy to embassy. For more information, visit

Hope to see you here!