No 10 Downing Street
Horse Guards Parade
In a more accessible version of Buckingham Palace’s Changing of the Guard , the mounted troops of the Household Cavalry change guard...
The Cenotaph, completed in 1920 by Edwin Lutyens and fashioned from Portland stone, is Britain’s main memorial to the men and women of...
Churchill War Rooms
Winston Churchill coordinated the Allied resistance against Nazi Germany on a Bakelite telephone from this underground military HQ...
Inn the Park
This stunning wooden cafe and restaurant in St James’s Park is run by Irish wonderchef Oliver Peyton and offers cakes and tea as well as...
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No 10 Downing Street information
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).