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 StationWestminster (Circle Line; District Line; Jubilee Line)
BoroughLondon Borough of the City of Westminster
Address / Contact DetailsDowning Street, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AA
Related AttractionsHouses of Parliament (Palace of Westminster)
Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms