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Downing Street Tours

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Downing Street
One of London’s most famous addresses, 10 Downing Street is the official residence of the British prime minister. The chancellor of the exchequer, responsible for the UK’s money and economy, lives next door at number 11. On any given day, you can see streams of important politicians walking through the doors of these two iconic addresses.

The Basics
Downing Street has been home to the most influential figures in the UK government for more than 300 years, including Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, and Tony Blair. Number 10 (as it widely known in the UK), a Georgian townhouse completed in 1735, was designed by Christopher Wren, who also designed St. Paul’s Cathedral. In the 19th century, the buildings on one side of the street were demolished to make way for new government buildings, which now house the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

The street was closed to the public in 1989. Visitors can now only glimpse the action from beyond iron railings, though the street reopens to guided tours on occasional weekends as part of Open House London. You might be able to spot the iconic front door from the top deck of a hop-on hop-off tour bus. Visitors often choose to join a guided walking tour or bus tour of London to learn more about the history of this famous address.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Downing Street is not open to the public.
  • You can snap a picture of the famous front door at Number 10 from the gates along Whitehall.
  • For a look inside the building, you can take a virtual tour on the 10 Downing Street website.

How to Get There
Downing Street runs between St James’s Park and Whitehall in central London. It’s easily walkable from other places in central London, and there are many different public transport options. The nearest Underground stop is Westminster, served by the District, Circle, and Jubilee lines. Public bus #11 and hop-on hop-off tour buses both pass by frequently.

When to Get There
There are usually a number of tourists gathered around the gates at Whitehall throughout the day. The area can get very crowded if there is a public demonstration taking place. London in general is busiest in late spring and summer, so consider visiting in early spring or fall for a relatively quieter experience.

Take a Walk in St. James’s Park
The wide expanse of St James’s Park is one of London’s prettiest open spaces. Its boundaries stretch from Downing Street to Buckingham Palace, and the park forms part of a chain of greenery that also includes Green Park, Hyde Park, and Kensington Gardens. With a picturesque lake, local population of geese and ducks, and wide tree-shaded lawns, it’s a great spot to take a break from sightseeing.
Address: Downing Street, London, England
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London EyeBus Tours

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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with dozens of possible stops, including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights. Hop off to enjoy a free walking tour and a Thames River cruise.
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The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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Private Tour: Black Taxi Tour of LondonBus Tours

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Take a private custom tour through bustling London in a traditional black taxi! Your personal driver will help you design the perfect 2-hour itinerary or take the reins completely, escorting you to London’s key attractions. Travel at your own pace, and request stops to snap photos, grab a souvenir or have a closer look at a site. London is your oyster on this private black taxi tour!
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Check out London’s landmarks as you wish on this hop-on hop-off bus tour and Tower of London entrance ticket. With your 24-hour bus ticket, view sights such as St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and more. Hop off at stops to explore the attractions on foot, and visit the Tower of London to discover its treasures, towers, and secrets. Your hop-on hop-off bus ticket also includes a Thames River cruise ticket and three London walking tours.
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Sir Winston Churchill Private Walking Tour & War Rooms

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Royal London Private Walking TourHalf-day Tours

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New To London? The Westminster Tour | London's Youngest Guide Private and Luxury

New To London? The Westminster Tour | London's Youngest Guide

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Hello There - I'm Oliver, I'm 17 and passionate about London History! As London's Youngest Tour Guide, I've had some fantastic experience over the past two years, telling the stories which make London magic. From brilliant newcomers, to presenting in front of Baronesses in the House of Lords, I've much experience when it comes to bringing history to life! Head to British Briggsy on Youtube to see what I'm like as a host! My fun walking tours around London visit some great sights, perfect for that Instagram selfie! London Tour! On our grand adventure we: Will be seeing some of the greatest statues at parliament square, Dashing over to No.10 to look out for the PM, Strolling along past Churchill's War Rooms to look out for the Horse Guards, Spotting Nelson at Trafalgar Square Giving a wave to the Queen at Buckingham palace! So come along on this fantastic London Tour - I hope to make your time in London as enjoyable as possible!
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Make the most of your flexible itinerary and private guide on this 3-hour sightseeing walking tour of London — a great choice for first-time visitors or families. Make your way to Buckingham Palace for the famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony, then enjoy a tour of some of London’s most renowned landmarks. Pass Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, admire the architecture of Westminster Abbey and get a glimpse of No.10 Downing Street, home to the British Prime Minister, as you walk up Whitehall.
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First Time Visitor's London by Car/Black Cab/MPV/Van/Minibus

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Classic Westminster (Private 2 Hour Tour)

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There’s so much history crammed into this one neighbourhood, you’ll be struggling to keep up. From memorials to greats in Westminster Abbey to the heartbeat of British government in Whitehall to the scene of all action, No. 10 Downing Street…this tour is a fast-paced thriller. Most-photographed, most-recognised and most-loved, every landmark helps you tick off your entire London-essentials list. Buzz of Trafalgar Square, elegance of St. James's Park, to the glamour of Buckingham Palace, it’s a feast all the way. Broad boulevards, and the vistas long -- the perfect backdrop for the pomp and pageantry of royal occasions. Piccadilly Circus, London Eye, River Thames, Hyde Park, Albert Hall, even Harrods…you’ll forget to look at your phone. We even do 3 UNESCO World Heritage and 2 Tudor Palaces. Themes vary from British Monarchy’s Royal Palaces to Pomp and Ceremony to UK Parliament and Brexit to Winston Churchill’s Darkest Hour in World War Two. Which will it be for you today?
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