No 10 Downing Street

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No 10 Downing Street information

Location
London , England
Address
10 Downing St
SW1
Getting there
Tube: Westminster
More information
www.number10.gov.uk
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The official office of British leaders since 1732, when George II presented No 10 to Robert Walpole, this has also been the prime minister’s London residence since refurbishment in 1902. For such a famous address, No 10 is a small-looking Georgian building on a plain-looking street, hardly warranting comparison with the White House, for example. Yet it is actually three houses joined into one and boasts roughly 100 rooms plus a 2000-sq-metre garden with a lovely L-shaped lawn.

The street was cordoned off with a rather large iron gate during Margaret Thatcher’s time, so you won’t see much. After an IRA mortar attack in 1991, the stout wooden door was replaced with a blast-proof steel version (which cannot be opened from the outside).