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Downing Street, London

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Historic Site Landmark
Downing Street in London, England, has for more than three hundred years housed the official residences of two of the most senior British Cabinet ministers: the First Lord of the Treasury, an office now synonymous with that of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; and the Second Lord of the Treasury, an office held by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The Prime Minister's official residence is 10 Downing Street; the Chancellor's official residence is next door at Number 11. The Government's Chief Whip has an official residence at Number 12, though the current Chief Whip's residence is at Number 9.Downing Street is located in Whitehall in central London, a few minutes' walk from the Houses of Parliament and a little farther from Buckingham Palace. The street was built in the 1680s by Sir George Downing (1632–1689), on the site of a mansion called Hampden House. The houses on the south side of the street were demolished in the nineteenth century to make way for government offices, now occupied by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. "Downing Street" is often used as a metonym for the Government of the United Kingdom.
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  • Usually guarded by police- definitely a place to stop for a look - then you can say you have been. maybe stop for a selfie lol! not a lot going on but if you keep going there are more historical place...  more »
  • I found that the street outside was extremely busy, which made it difficult to see the famous door. As the street itself is fenced off you can't really see much. It's good to walk past and see the str...  more »
  • Just a gate with a lot of guards, if that's your thing then i suggest you go but its really not worth it.  more »
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  • Well it's where some of the smartest and dumbest political leaders have lived and you have a nice little view at the classic Jaguar and Land rovers. you have a clear view of the classic Downing street sign. It's more of a passing by attraction than a "oh we must go see this".
  • Love the architecture of this building and a very friendly Policeman didn't mind us taking pictures and answering general questions. Just disappointed you are not aloud tof go further in as I did when on a school trip. But that's the world we live in. Very sad!!
  • A secure house for the head of the Westminster swamp. Its a pity this level of security is not afforded to the good people who pay for this charade. No we are not united in our grief. No we do not all stand together. We the people are fed up with your lame excuses and lack of action. Either man up and act or ship out. Its that simple
  • Got a whiff of fillet o' fish. Hope Jez has a tonne of Febreeze for the move
  • Food quality was below standard of a Local Chippy. Sign on Door claims its the best Chippy run by a First Lord of the Treasury, never could find the Treasure though. Toilets lacked soap, complained to Trish the Manager said there a bit busy today, Typical Civil Service.

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