As the  government prepared to roll out the red carpet to Donald Trump during his four-day visit to the UK, protesters gathered outside the US Ambassador’s residence in London’s Regent’s Park on Thursday evening to kick off a series of ‘not welcome here’ demonstrations.

The small but noisy protest saw people beating drums and pans and plenty of chanting after a tape of the voices of crying Latino children being dragged away from their parents by US border patrol was played.

Organised ahead of the Together Against Trump national demonstration in central London on Friday afternoon, it featured speakers from Stop the War Coalition and CND before a heavy security presence.

Activists are targeting places Trump is planning to visit, including Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire where Trump and May are set to meet more than 100 business leaders, and Scotland where Trump plans to play a round of golf at one of his two golf links in Aberdeen.

An inflatable orange balloon of Donald Trump depicted as a baby will also be released to fly above parliament on Friday morning.