In one corner of Grosvenor square, a few feet in front of the gate to the US embassy, stands a bronze statue of President Ronald Reagan. At the edge, a plaque commemorates Reagan’s presidency, and its crowning victory, with a quotation – “tear down that wall Mr Gorbachev” and a piece of the Berlin Wall. Officially, the ten foot sculpture was commissioned to "recognise Mr Reagan's contribution to ending the Cold War”. Although the communist regime in eastern Europe did not fully collapse until after Reagan’s presidency had ended, Reagan is given credit for laying the groundwork for its demise. The statue was unveiled in 2011 as part of a series of events to commemorate the centennial of Reagan’s birth. Former British Prime Minister and close ally of the President, Margaret Thatcher, was expected to attend the event. However, due to ill health, she was not able to go and foreign secretary William Hague read out a tribute on her behalf.
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.