Downing Street

Downing Street, London: Address, Downing Street Reviews: 3/5

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Neighborhood: Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
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  • Charing Cross • 7 min walk
  • Embankment • 8 min walk
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Space Marine Dom
8 contributions
Jun 2021
They say, if you can remember the 1960s, then you weren't there. Well, they should say that about 10 Downing Street instead. A suitcase full of wine gets you into the party and the fun lasts from dusk until dawn. Even when the rest of the country was locked-down during Covid, this was the place to be for 24 hour party people. This is what it must have been like during Prohibition back in the 1920s. The swing was broken when I was there, otherwise I would have given it 5 rather than 4, and the jukebox was a bit heavy on the Abba, but otherwise great.

*Update* Hmm.... might be getting a fixed penalty ticket for this. FFS! They told me it would be fine, with a nod and a wink!
Written May 12, 2022
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Cathy N
Craigavon, UK273 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
Such a pity that the public can't get close to the famous number 10. I understand the security concerns, but it is a real pity you can see so little from the street outside.

Made a very quick stop with a small child, just to show her where the PM lived. Took about 20 seconds. Worth seeing, very briefly.
Written March 16, 2022
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UOtterTravel
Port Saint Lucie, FL1,285 contributions
Jun 2019
We attended the last dress rehearsal of Trouping the Color and our designated entrance was Downing Street. We lined up on Whitehall until the gate opened. The security was heavy and they were all friendly. We were allowed through the gates and went through several layers of security and were then allowed to walk down Downing Street, but then had to turn prior to #10. Obviously there was a lot of security along our walk, but we did get closer than the average person!
Written March 27, 2020
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Neil R
1 contribution
May 2022
Throws great secret parties apparently when it's against the law to have them. The home of the Queen's first Minister forever tarnished by lawbreaking activities in which the Prime Minister partook more than once.

I've only been able to pass by outside the tight security, no regular bouncers at this venue!
Written May 29, 2022
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GReyMaiden
Maidenhead, UK2,948 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
Many years ago you could walk down Downing Street and take a photo of no.10 and no.11. Now there are huge gates and automatic traffic controls to prevent all but government staff and MPs from getting close the famous doors. From the street entrance you can get a glimpse of the famous frontage and also see the PMs car + the assembled press. Not really the same but some nice photo opportunities for Downing Street signs
Written October 31, 2020
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Grays_on_Holiday
Derbyshire, UK850 contributions
Apr 2022
Number 10 Downing Street is the residence of Britain's Prime Minister.

Due to security reasons, you cannot stand outside the door of Number 10 for photo opportunities and cannot see much from the iron security gates at the end of the street from Whitehall.

Would only suggest taking a peak through the gates if you are passing by on your way to Westminster or Trafalgar Square but I wouldn't go out of your way to see it, or you may be disappointed.
Written April 23, 2022
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RecliningBuddah
Bolton, UK199 contributions
Aug 2021
Daughter wanted to see this and was disappointed as couldn't really see anything - she was amazed at the size of the street, the armed police/security and the poor Gurkha hunger strike protesters on the other side of the road.

No Larry the cat about.

Took the obligatory photo of the Downing Street sign.

Homeless man fast asleep on the pavement 20 metres down.
Written August 13, 2021
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AlexBC1717
6 contributions
Mar 2022
Went past on the way to the war rooms. Can't see much from the road although you can make out the building the PM lives in. Quite crowded next to the main road so only worth stopping at for a minute or so.
Written March 28, 2022
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Viv
2 contributions
May 2020
I have just traveled to Downing Street from North Wales to test my eye site. I took my wife as it was her birthday, sorry she was with me to test my eyes also. We had a picnic and a man called Cummings came over and said it was not in the spirit of lock down, so we had to dive back.
Written May 28, 2020
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Brian T
London, UK5,502 contributions
Jan 2020
As indicated by many reviewers here, you'll see very little of this prominent London address. Number 10 Downing Street is the official residence of the Prime Minister the United Kingdom, and Number 11 is the official residence of the country's Chancellor of the Exchequer. But you will not see either residence from the only vantage point you have on Whitehall - behind a tall security gate which firmly closes off the entrance to Downing Street. There's the much photographed street sign of course, but beyond the security gates all you'll see is a myriad of security personnel and a lot of cobble stones stretching off into the yonder. If you hang around by the gates for long enough during the working week, you may get a glimpse of someone important entering or leaving this hallowed turf.

My rating of this attraction reflects my own personal experience here. I was extremely fortunate to be in a small party of visitors for whom a security pass had been obtained in advance. Following identity and security checks, we were allowed to proceed beyond the gates and enjoy a short photo opportunity in front of 10 Downing Street. It was a wonderful experience; the security teams and police officers were helpful, and really informative, and the officer at the door to Number 10 was very obliging with taking our photographs. We only had one rule: do not knock on the door of Number 10. Sadly we didn't see the resident cat; Larry had gone walkabout.

Unfortunately it's an experience which is largely beyond the realm of possibility for most tourists and sightseers. But if such an opportunity comes your way, as it did mine, take it!
Written February 5, 2020
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