"Number 10 Downing Street" 10 Downing Street Tip by sjvessey

10 Downing Street, London: 34 reviews and 46 photos

  Protesters at the gates
by sjvessey

The residence of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Drop by if you fancy some tea and biscuits, and a chat with Tony Blair.

Actually the whole street is permanently closed off, a security measure introduced during the 1980s as a result of the IRA terrorist threat. The closest you'll get are the large steel security gates at the Whitehall end, just like the people in this photo.

There are no laws to stop people coming here to demonstrate, and many do, but unfortunately there are laws about walking around with no clothes on, and I suspect the chap wearing the clingfilm got him arrested shortly after this photo was taken...

Hang around outside for long enough and you might just catch a glimpse of some well (or not so well) known politician driving in through the gates in a black Jaguar or Rover. But in all likelihood, you'll see nothing but the police on duty.

One interesting feature of Number 10 itself is that there's no door handle on the outside. So losing your keys after a night on the town isn't a problem, because you always have to be let in by someone on the inside in any case.

Address: Number 10 Downing Street, off Whitehall
Directions: Charing Cross or Westminster tubes
Phone: +44 20 7925 0918
Website: http://www.number-10.gov.uk

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 15, 2004
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