Downing Street

Downing Street

Downing Street is the most famous street in London and perhaps the entire world! It is one of London’s most iconic sites due to Number 10 Downing Street being the home of the British Prime Minister (the highest role in British politics), a role it has proudly served since 1735. 11 Downing Street is also famous, housing the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the second most prestigious role in the British political system. Downing Street’s most famous occupants have included Sir Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.  Due to the lack of admission cost, a visit to Downing St has become one of the most popular free things to do in London, and one of the most popular London attractions with those tourists that have an interest in politics. 
Since the 1980s, public access to Downing Street has been greatly restricted due to terrorism threats from the likes of the IRA in the 1980s/’90s, and then Islamic extremists in the post-9/11 age. However, the street remains a magnetic London sightseeing location, with crowds able to peer into Downing St from the now-famous black gates.   
Downing Street is located in Whitehall, in central London, just a short walk from the Houses of Parliament, with many London tourists choosing to take in both locations in quick succession.  

Nearest Tube/Railway Station

Westminster (Circle Line; District Line; Jubilee Line) 


London Borough of the City of Westminster



Opening Times


Address / Contact Details

Downing Street, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AA  

Related Attractions

Houses of Parliament (Palace of Westminster)
City Hall
Buckingham Palace
Big Ben
Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms