No 10 Downing Street

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No 10 Downing Street information

London , United Kingdom
Address
Street 10 Downing St
Extras W1
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 building on a plain-looking street, hardly warranting comparison with the White House, for example.

The street was cordoned off with a rather large iron gate during Margaret Thatcher’s time so you won’t see much. Breaking with tradition when he came to power, Tony Blair and his family (he has four children) swapped houses with the then-unmarried Chancellor Gordon Brown, who traditionally occupied the larger flat at No 11. Current Prime Minister David Cameron did the same with his three children in the summer of 2011 after extensive refurbishment of the flat.