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In pictures: Election party time in UK

Guest at election night party

It was America's night and thousands of ex-pats living in Britain congregated to watch their country decide who would be their 44th president.

Guest at Yates US election party

Democrats had been told the polls indicated victory for Obama but that did not stop the nerves jangling.

Neil Tennant, David Davis and Janet Street-Porter

The US Embassy in London, decked out in stars and stripes, had an eclectic guest list including pop singer Neil Tennant, Conservative David Davis and journalist Janet Street-Porter.

Guests at election night party

Others settled down to watch the results unfold well into the early hours at Yates' bar in London's Leicester Square.

Guests at US Embassy election night party

Party guests were glued to the big screens as Obama edged ahead, capturing the key battleground states of Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Guest at US Embassy election night party

It was 0400 GMT before the Democrat candidate broke through the winning threshold of 270 electoral college votes.

Cheering guests on US Embassy election night

There was more good news for the Democrats as they seized Florida, Virginia and Colorado - all of which voted Republican in 2004.

Guest in tears at election night party

The high drama, late night and jubilant scenes beamed across the Atlantic were too much to handle for some.

Guests at election night party

They may have voted by post and be far away from home but many will still feel they have participated in an historic election.

Guest calls home at election night party

Guests called home to talk to friends and family as Barack Obama told thousands of supporters in Chicago: "Change has come to America."

Man snoozing at election night party

It was the end of the day for America, but the start of a new era. In Britain, it was the end of a very, very long night.

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