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Berry Brothers & Rudd is one of London’s most venerable wine merchants and was also the onetime landlords for the Embassy of the Republic of Texas. A small plaque in a tiny alleyway (called Pickering Place) next door to their distinguished property at 4 St James’s Street, built in 1730, marking the entrance to the Embassy’s rooms is all that remains of the independent Texas’ envoy.

At Atlas Obscura we have more on this peculiar property, located a few doors down from St. James’s Palace in the City of Westminster.