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Address: Downing Street, London SW1A 2AL, England
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Not much to see

It's famous so you feel you need to go by. But its fenced off, heavily guarded and you really can't see much. But it is right along Whitehall which its great area to walk around... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2015
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Connecticut
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Reviewed 20 May 2015

It's famous so you feel you need to go by. But its fenced off, heavily guarded and you really can't see much. But it is right along Whitehall which its great area to walk around so you'll probably walk by sooner or later anyway.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 May 2015 via mobile

Ok I fully understand the need for security but it's a shame as I remember being able to walk down Downing street - now the security measures mean that you can't even see No 10

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Thank Patrick G
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 14 May 2015

The view of the house at No 10 from Downing Street is not the full view, that is only the front of the original small terraced house, that you can see, albeit now from behind the gates in Whitehall. It is in fact three houses none of which you can see even if you stood in front of the black... More 

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Reviewed 12 May 2015

There is very little room for decent photos in front of the gates, but if you get to go inside then take the opportunity - the street itself isn't that exciting but it's interesting to see the PM's house and facilities.

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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 May 2015

It's on the road between Westminster and Trafalgar square, heavily guarded and the famous door obscured by security. You might see a car come and go, however far more interesting is the monument to the role of women in the wars in the middle of the road close by.

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Paris, France
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Reviewed 12 April 2015

The access to the street, off Whitehall, is obviously closed. But one can see the small entrance of the Prime Minister's residence. It is surprisingly very small.

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Thank sipivu
Bishop Burton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 April 2015

Always wanted to see No. 10 but I have to say I was a tad disappointed in the view one can see these days. Oh well, such are levels of security these days :-(

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Thank NPCross
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Reviewed 10 April 2015

To get a glimpse of the street, you would need to go to Whitehall. However, Downing Street has been gated since 1991 and you cannot even go up to the gates. You cannot see Number 10 from the outside. The gates themselves are tall with the rails rather close to each other, so you cannot even take a good picture... More 

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Caloundra, Australia
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Reviewed 6 April 2015 via mobile

I understand you cannot get into Downing Street, it is guarded by police and so it should be, but the street itself is never portrayed as being a short dead end with nothing much to see. The biggest spectacle here is the guards wandering around. Not much to see at all.

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 April 2015

i had a look and couldn't see much for armed police in the way. Maybe if they need to spend so much protecting one man then he should move and just keep the address private. A bit disappointing as there is actually not much to see. Save money and move the prime minister and open number 10 as a museum... More 

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