About The Jamaican High Commission
The Jamaican High Commission in the United Kingdom was established in 1962. The office was initially located at Bruton and Grosvenor Streets, then on St. James Street, and now is located at 1- 2 Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BZ.
The strong historical tie between Jamaica and Britain was the major factor that influenced the establishment of a High Commission in London. Other factors included strong economic linkages between Jamaica and Britain, and the importance of the UK as a gateway to Europe.
For many decades, Jamaicans have been travelling to England to work and study. In the 1940s, many Jamaicans volunteered and fought alongside the British in World War II. In the post-war era, there was mass migration from Jamaica due to labour shortages in the ‘motherland’. This so-called ‘Operation Windrush’ brought almost 500 Jamaicans to Britain. In recent years, waves of Jamaicans have immigrated to the United Kingdom for economic and educational reasons.
The Jamaican High Commissioner in London is also concurrently accredited as non-resident Ambassador to Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Ireland. The appointment of Honorary Consuls in these countries has helped to facilitate the Mission’s management of bilateral relations.