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 here...
The Cenotaph (from the Greek kenos taphos for ‘empty tomb’), completed in 1920 by Edwin Lutyens, is Britain’s main memorial to the men...
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 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.