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>Actually it's a significantly more than their "house" - legally it's their country, their rules

This is a pervasive myth - there is a "rule of inviolability" which means UK police etc need the permission of the Ambassador to enter, but the building is owned by whoever owns it (some embassy buildings are leased) and the territory is very much still that of the host nation - ie UK.

The UK can revoke the embassy's status any time it feels justified under the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act and then enter without permission - there would be diplomatic upset, but no legal consequences if it did.

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