Stroll around a London corner and often you’ll find something interesting, like this. This plaque marks the site of what once what once was the actual, genuine Texas Embassy (or “Legation”). It’s at the junction of Pickering Place and St James Street on the wooden wall of Berry Brothers wine merchants.
Texas was an independent nation between its liberation from Mexico in 1836 and its entry into the United States in 1845, and during that time-period set up embassies in Britain and in France - this one, and another in France at 1 Place Vendom 75001, Paris, which also has its own plaque. This states that they were the legation to the “Court of St James”, which was the palace of the British monarchy before Buckingham Palace was acquired, and by tradition ambassadors are still appointed to the Court of St James even today. St James Palace is less than a minute’s walk from here. So if you’re visiting from Texas, take a photo of the bearskin-wearing sentries guarding the Palace, buy a bottle of wine from Berry Brothers and take a look at this plaque.