The Americans Arrive: An Immigrant Community Makes Its Mark on First World War London

The Americans accounted for less than one percent of London's population from the turn of the twentieth century until the end of the First World War, and yet, during this period, the community made a decisive impact upon life in the capital. 'The Americans Arrive' tour illuminates how they came to dominate London's shopping scene, organise the rescue of an entire nation from starvation, help stack the odds in favour of an Allied victory and even form an international partnership, which is still flourishing one hundred years on.

An American Invasion

From the turn of the twentieth century until the outbreak of the First World War, Americans flooded London each summer in their thousands, with many travelling for the sole purpose of shopping. Contemporary newspaper articles referred to this…

The Savoy Hotel

The Savoy Hotel served throughout the war as a renowned centre of Americans’ activity in London. On the outbreak of war, the American Citizen Committee established its headquarters within the building to help Americans, who wished to, to return home.…

The Eagle Hut

The Eagle Hut in Aldwych was established as a place for American troops could stay and surround themselves with elements of home during the First World War and was run by the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). It opened on the 3rd of September…

Baseball Fever Sweeps London

Baseball matches had been held sporadically in London since the turn of the twentieth century, with spectator figures fluctuating between a couple of hundred and a couple of thousand. This was until the baseball match held on the 4th July 1918…