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Downing Street

10 Downing Street10 Downing Street is a historic building that is also a place of work for hundreds of people.

Behind the black front door lies a series of elegant state rooms, used both for official receptions and everyday meetings. Offices for the staff of the Prime Minister are crammed into every spare space.

In this section we look at the history of the building and profile the famous faces who have called Downing Street home over the last three centuries.

This is also the place to take your tour of the building.

Downing Street categories

Front door numberWelcome

An introduction to the building and life behind its famous front door. This page also includes links to key areas of our website. 

Front door History of the building

For more than 250 years 10 Downing Street has been the centre of UK government. Here we look at the remarkable, surprising and occasionally scandalous history of Number 10. 

Winston Churchill PM's in history

So far 51 lucky men - and one woman - have had the honour of being called Prime Minister. Here we profile each one, take a look at their lives and achievements and talk about the spouses who inspired them. 

Entrance Hall Tour

A unique chance to look behind the famous front door and embark on a 360 degree tour of the building. You can also view our restoration gallery that charts the renovation of the William Kent suite of chairs in 1999.

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