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One of the best known Streets in London is Downing Street. No. 10 with its famous black front door has been the official residence of Britain?s Prime Minister since 1732, when King George the second presented the property to Sir Robert Walpole, Britain?s first Prime Minister. However, at the moment Tony Blair, the current Prime Minister, lives at No 11 as this is a larger property.
No. 11, home of the Chancellor of the Exchequer since 1806 and No. 12, home of the government?s chief whip, are all that remains of the original 17th century terrace. The other buildings in the street date from 1868. Unchanged externally, this brick built terrace of interconnecting houses has been modernized internally over the years to accommodate, as well as the many offices required, the Cabinet room on the ground floor and a flat on an upper floor occupied by the Prime Minister?s family.
Until a few years ago it was possible to walk along Downing Street, but following terrorist activities, former prime minister Margaret Thatcher request the installation of the railings and police guard to prevent anyone from entering the street
Address: 10 Downing Street
Directions: Nearest Tube, Wesminster. Between Horse Guards Rd. & Parlament St.
Phone: +44 20 7925 0918
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