Date: 1 March 2010
That's more than either of the new embassies in Iraq and Pakistan cost, where security concerns are much higher.
The new digs are needed because the neighbors near the current bunker like place in ritzy Mayfair, are ready to revolt if even tighter security measures are introduced near their fancy homes. The cube will be near the Thames in the gritty industrial area behind Battersea Power Station, a district currently known mostly for its gay bars. It has the benefit of falling just outside London's infamous congestion zone, where you need to pay about $10 each day just to drive in. US diplomats have racked up almost $50 million in unpaid congestion charges driving to the current place.
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