Ever since Sir Robert Walpole took up residence here in 1721, this rather ordinary, dark brick townhouse has been the ... More
Number 10 Downing Street
Ever since Sir Robert Walpole took up residence here in 1721, this rather ordinary, dark brick townhouse has been the official residence for Britain's prime ministers. Behind the world-famous front entrance, with its black door guarded vigilantly by a good old British "bobby," lies a network of formal rooms, offices, private apartments, kitchens and cellars. While access to the general public is strictly forbidden, several hundred school children, selected by visiting MP's, are permitted to visit each year. Situated on Downing Street, Number 10 Downing Street makes a good visit, considering the residents of this house don't even have their own key.
You don't get to see the actual door with the number 10. There's a gate with 3 or 4 guards with rifles or automatic machine guns...or whatever you call them. It's kinda scarey to think what society has come to. But it was still pressive.
before when i was a kid in london you was able to walk up to the front door with two policemen in front of the door now there is a gate at the entrance to the street,and lots of policemen.so there is not much to see.you can take photo of the iron gate, street sign,policemen . all thanks to al!
Despite it being closed to tours, 10 Downing is worth a few minutes of your time, if only to snap a picture by the gates and to also catch the sign on the building that says 10 Downing Street. Such a historically important place is definitely worth the time.
You can't get very close to Number 10, since there is a very strong iron gate at the entrance to Downing Street, and (since 9/11) a bevy of policemen in the vicinity. You almost need binoculars to catch a glimpse of the famous black front door. The main thing to do here is take a picture of the "Downing Street" sign.