Britain is one of the first countries with which the Ottoman Empire established regular diplomatic relations. In 1579, Queen Elizabeth I and Sultan Murat III exchanged letters on how the English merchants could benefit from the capitulations granted by the Ottoman Empire. William Harborne, English businessman who was accepted in Istanbul by the Sultan to present Her Excellency’s gifts, was the first envoy of England to the Ottoman Empire. He assumed his duties as the resident ambassador in Istanbul in 1583.
The Ottoman Empire appointed its first resident envoys to Europe at the end of the 18th century with a view to following the developments in Europe. The first of these ambassadors, Yusuf Agâh Efendi, was posted in London in 1793. There has been a Turkish diplomatic mission in London since then. However, diplomatic relations between the Ottoman Empire and England was suspended in 1914 following the break out of the World War I. After the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey in October 1923, diplomatic relations were established on September 2, 1924.
Important dates in the Embassy history
1793 : The first resident embassy of the Ottoman Empire in London was opened.
July 1867 : Sultan Abdulaziz visited London.
1901 : Embassy moved from 1 Bryanston Square to 69 Portland Place
1914 : Diplomatic relations were suspended due to WWI.
1924 : The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in London re-opened.
August 1, 1950 : Turkey applied for NATO membership when NATO had its headquarters in London.
1954 : Chancery moved to 43 Belgrave Square.
August 29, 1955 : London Conference on Cyprus was held.
February 17, 1959 : The plane carrying Turkish Prime Minister to England for the London Conference crashed near London.
February 19, 1959 : The Treaty of London on the future of the island Cyprus was signed.
November 1-8, 1967 : H.E. Cevdet Sunay, the President of Turkey visited London.
November 12-15, 1987 : H.E. Kenan Evren, the President of Turkey visited London
6-9 November 2010 : H.E. Abdullah Gül, the President of Turkey visited the UK (to receive Chatham House 2010 Prize)
20-24 November 2011 : H.E. Abdullah Gül, the PResident of Turkey paid a state visit the UK upon her Majesty theQueen’s invitation.
30-31 Mart 2011 : H.E. RecepTayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey visited the UK upon the Prime Minister Cameron's invitation
26-28 Temmuz 2012 : H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey visited the UK in order to attend to the inauguration ceremony of the 2012 London Summer Olympics