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"Ministry of silly walks" Top 5 Page for this destination 10 Downing Street Tip by sourbugger

10 Downing Street, London: 34 reviews and 46 photos

  That famous black door
by sourbugger

Who can forget (having seen it) this wonderful line from Monty Python :

"Minister: (rising) Mr Pudey, (he walks about behind the desk in a very silly fashion) the very real problem is one of money. I'm afraid that the Ministry of Silly Walks is no longer getting the kind of support it needs. You see there's Defence, Social Security, Health, Housing, Education, Silly Walks ... they're all supposed to get the same. But last year, the Government spent less on the Ministry of Silly Walks than it did on National Defence !"

You won't find this place of course, but many of the the other organs (I use the word advisedly) can be found along the road that connects Trafalgar Square with Westminster square. 'Whitehall' is often used in the UK as shorthand for 'government', and halfway alonf you will find one of the most famous addesses in the world '10 Downing street'. I rather like the fact that the PM lives in a very ordinary sounding place rather than a grand castle, palace, residency or house. I can still remember when you could nearly walk up to the front door unopposed or unquestioned. Those days have long gone - Maggie Thatcher had the gates put up at the end of the cul-de-sac (keeps the riff-raff out at least).

No visits are possible to No 10 (unless you have a meeting with the PM), although I would recommend a visit to the nearby Cabinet war rooms where government operated from during the blitz of WW2.

Whitehall itself, apart from the imposing Portland-stone clad ministries, contains a fair number of statues (many of which are now rather obsure), the cenotaph (in commemoration of the war dead), the Whitehall theatre (famous for it's farces - just like Downing street !) and the rather excellent Red Lion pub (has it's own division bell for members of Parliament)

Address: Whitehall, SW1
Directions: Charing Cross or Westminster tubes
Phone: +44 20 7925 0918

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  • Written May 8, 2007
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