If you go to Grosvenor Square, the first building you will notice is the US embassy with its numerous state flags and armed guards. A hundred feet from the Embassy, in the middle of the square, is a small park with two paths that cross each other. At one end of the path parallel to the Embassy stands the statue of President Franklin Roosevelt, opposite to the World War 2 US Air Force Memorial. It stands atop a tall plinth, distinguishing it from the surrounding statues and memorials and depicts Roosevelt as the 63 year old man he was at the time of his death. He stands with the support of a walking stick. For while in private Roosevelt would have remained seated in a wheelchair, he always strived to stand when in public to avoid the appearance of frailty. The idea for a statue was conceived in 1947 when the Duke of Westminster designated land in Grosvenor Square to be used for that purpose. After all President Roosevelt was a popular and much beloved figure in Britain because of the support his administration and country had provided to the UK during the Second World War. Thus the Duke of Westminster felt it would be appropriate to display this affection through the commission of a statue. Sparing no expense, the notable sculptor William Reid Dick was hired to design the monument. He decided to use bronze for the statue; the cost of this was covered by donations of five shillings from 200 000 British citizens. The donations, worth about $12.50 in today's money, were sent by post. A year later on 12th April 1948, the third anniversary of President Roosevelt’s death, the statue was unveiled in a ceremony attended by his wife Eleanor. King George VI, who had met the President on several occasions, gave the dedication speech, in which he honoured the President as a 'courageous man, both in war and peace'. Today the statue is maintained by the Royal Parks, a British association and is often viewed as a symbol of unity between the two countries during and immediately after the second world war.
Grosvenor square, home to three Presidential statues, the former residence of President John Adams, numerous other memorials and (for now) the US embassy, is located just 10 minutes walk from Bond Street station.