From 1970 until the break-up of Czechoslovakia in 1993 the Czechoslovak Embassy has been located on the corner of Kensington Palace Gardens and Notting Hill Gate. The new building, designed by the architects Šrámek, Bočan and Stephansplatz, is a tribute to the so called brutalistic style and in 1971 won the coveted RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Award for Architecture. Today’s Czech Embassy is housed in the building originally intended for residential use and the commercial and consular departments and faces Notting Hill Gate Street. The main representative and administrative building of the former joint Embassy now serves the Slovak Embassy.
In accordance with the principles of brutalism the exterior of the Embassy is built of reinforced concrete panels and glass and wooden partitions that divide the interiors. Some of the leading Czechoslovak artists of the time, including Stanislav Kolíbal and Adriana Šimotová, participated in designing the inside.
After the completion of the refurbishment, the building now hosts not only the Embassy, but also the offices of CzechTourism, CzechInvest, CzechTrade and the Czech Centre, thus it has become a truly “Czech House” in the heart of London. The underground cinema has also been repaired and will be open to the public. A suitable use will be found for the former bookshop on Palace Gardens Terrace.