United States presidential visits to the United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom is the most common international destination for a sitting United States president. This is partly because of the importance of London as a global city, the importance of the UK as a strategic ally of the US and the relative ease of being able to communicate in English, thereby avoiding language problems.

Table of Trips
Dates President Location Reason
December 26–28, 1918 Woodrow Wilson London, Carlisle, Manchester Met with Prime Minister David Lloyd George and King George V.
August 2, 1945 Harry S. Truman Plymouth Informal meeting with King George VI.
August 27–September 2, 1959 Dwight D. Eisenhower London, Balmoral, Chequers Informal visit. Met with Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and Queen Elizabeth II.
September 4–7, 1959 Culzean Castle Rested before returning to the United States.
June 4–5, 1961 John F. Kennedy London Private visit. Met with Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and Queen Elizabeth II.
June 29–30, 1963 Birch Grove, Sussex Informal visit with Prime Minister Harold Macmillan at his home.
February 24–26, 1969 Richard Nixon London Informal visit. Held conversations with Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Received by Queen Elizabeth II.
August 3, 1969 RAF Mildenhall Informal meeting with Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
October 3, 1970 Chequers Met informally with Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Edward Heath.
May 5–11, 1977 Jimmy Carter London, Newcastle Attended the 3rd G7 summit. Also met with the Prime Ministers of Greece, Belgium, Turkey, Norway, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, and with the President of Portugal. Addressed the NATO Ministers meeting.
June 7–9, 1982 Ronald Reagan London, Windsor Castle State visit. Met with Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Addressed Parliament.
June 4–10, 1984 London Met with Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Attended the 10th G7 summit.
June 2–3, 1988 London Met with Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Japanese Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita.
May 31–June 2, 1989 George H. W. Bush London Met with Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
July 5–6, 1990 London Attended NATO Summit meeting.
July 14–18, 1991 London Attended the 17th G7 summit. Also met with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
June 4–5, 1994 Bill Clinton Cambridge, London, Portsmouth Visited U.S. Military Cemetery. Met with Prime Minister John Major. Attended state dinner with Queen Elizabeth II and heads of state and government of Canada, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and Belgium. Attended D-Day commemorative ceremonies.
June 8, 1994 Oxford Received honorary degree from Oxford University.
November 28–December 1, 1995 London, Belfast, Derry Met with Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister John Major. Addressed Parliament. Delivered several public addresses in Northern Ireland.
May 28–29, 1997 London Met with Prime Minister Tony Blair and attended a Cabinet meeting.
May 14–18, 1998 Birmingham, Weston-under-Lizard, London Attended the 24th G8 summit and U.S.-EU Summit.
September 3, 1998 Belfast, Armagh, Omagh Met with Prime Minister Tony Blair and Northern Irish political leaders. Addressed the Northern Ireland Assembly.
December 12–14, 2000 Belfast, London, Coventry Met with Prime Minister Tony Blair and Northern Irish political leaders in Belfast. Met with Queen Elizabeth II; made a speech at the University of Warwick.
July 18–20, 2001 George W. Bush London, Chequers, Halton, Brize Norton Met with Prime Minister Tony Blair and Queen Elizabeth II.
April 7–8, 2003 Belfast, Hillsborough (Northern Ireland) Met with Prime Minister Tony Blair to discuss the reconstruction of Iraq. Also met with the Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern and Northern Irish political leaders.
November 18–21, 2003 London, Sedgefield State visit. Met with Queen Elizabeth II and stayed at Buckingham Palace, where a formal state reception was held. In lieu of formal address to parliament, gave an address at Whitehall Palace. Later accompanied Prime Minister Tony Blair on a tour of the latter's constituency in Sedgefield.
Jul 6–8, 2005 Gleneagles (Scotland) Attended the 31st G8 summit
June 15–16,2008 London, Belfast Met with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle. Met with Prime Minister Gordon Brown and former Prime Minister Tony Blair. In Belfast, met with the Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.
April 1–2, 2009 Barack Obama London Attended 2009 G-20 London summit.[1]
May 23-26, 2011 London State visit. Met with Queen Elizabeth II and stayed at Buckingham Palace where a ceremonial welcome and state dinner was given. Laid a wreath at the Tomb of The Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey. Addressed a joint session of the British Parliament in Westminster Hall. Met with British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street.
June 17-18, 2013 Lough Erne Attended the 39th G8 summit.

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