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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 Eye

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 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 and upgrade to The Big London Day Out option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off to enjoy a Thames River cruise, currently operating Friday to Sunday only.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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See the best of London without the stress of rigid tour times and massive crowds on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your flexible pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a comfortable sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your pass offers multiple route options with stops at main attractions like Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and more. Bonus features include a free city walking tour, a Thames River cruise, and local discounts.
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Private Tour: Black Taxi Tour of London

Private Tour: Black Taxi Tour of London

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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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  • 2 hours
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Private Custom Tour: Day Tour of London

Private Custom Tour: Day Tour of London

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Don’t visit London landmarks and listen to commentary that doesn’t interest you. Set your own itinerary and explore London your way on a private half- or full-day tour of England’s capital. Tick off all of the attractions on your personal checklist and take advantage of your private guide’s local insight by visiting hidden gems and unknown corners of the city. Choose the start time and meeting point of your tour and receive the undivided attention of your guide throughout. 
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Doctor Who Tour of London

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Doctor Who Tour of London

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Discover the London locations used to film hit TV show ‘Doctor Who’ on a private tour of sites associated with the eccentric time lord. With a knowledgeable guide, cruise around England’s cultural capital in an iconic black cab and see settings used for the program since 1963. Listen to insider gossip about ‘Doctor Who’ characters and hear entertaining anecdote of Daleks and a whole host of other destructive archenemies of the doctor.  
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London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus London Highlights

London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus London Highlights

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See the royal sights of London and save money at the same time on this day-long Super Saver tour—a combination of two popular sightseeing experiences. Start with early access to the Tower of London, and then take a cruise along the Thames River to central London to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony. In the morning, enjoy a royal-themed walking tour that takes in sights of Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

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Marvel over royal monuments, architectural masterpieces and iconic landmarks on this 3-hour walking tour of London. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you stroll around Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus; snap photos of Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben; and stand in awe before the magnificent Buckingham Palace. For the full experience, upgrade to include a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
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  • 3 hours
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Kid-Friendly London Tour of Must-See Sites with Downing Street & Exclusive Guide

Kid-Friendly London Tour of Must-See Sites with Downing Street & Exclusive Guide

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Make sure that the kids have as much fun sightseeing as the adults, on this kid-friendly walking tour of London, including the Prime Minister’s residence on Downing Street. Visit many of London’s must-see attractions, and travel on the tube, the underground rail system. The fun guide will make learning about London’s history fun and interesting to kids. As this is a private tour you can go at your own pace to suit your little ones.
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  • 3 hours
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Private London Tour - British Museum, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Downing Street

Private London Tour - British Museum, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Downing Street

Bring some travel thrills to your vacation with this historical London tour! It will take you back in time through the halls of the British Museum. Trust your guide and soak into the atmosphere of Albion.Wander among Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Fulfill your dreams and watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Take a vivid memorial walk among the breathtaking collection of artefacts in the British Museum with your guide. Get full attention and a chance to create your own root with our private tour. • Individual historical tour of London including the British Museum • See a Changing of the Guard ceremony alive • Add such landmarks as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square to your root • Explore the great 8 million collection of the British Museum • All the attention from the guide is yours on our private tour
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  • 5 hours
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Westminster Audio Walk: Discover Big Ben, Houses of Parliament & Downing Street

Westminster Audio Walk: Discover Big Ben, Houses of Parliament & Downing Street

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Love podcasts? You'll love our immersive walking tour of Westminster! The digital audio guide can be downloaded anytime directly on your smartphone! We've teamed up with local experts to give you a unique and engaging experience of this vibrant neighbourhood! Join historian Harvey and local journalist, Sophie, to explore the history behind Britain's monarch and the seat of power at Westminster. As we walk over Westminster Bridge, enjoy spectacular views of Westminster Palace and Big Ben as they loom above us and learn about key figures and events that shaped Britain into the country it is today. Get to know pivotal points in history walking through Parliament Square, and stay tuned as the audio guide teaches us about the British monarchy, Churchill and the Suffragettes. We'll even get to take a quick peek at the Prime Minister's residence at Downing Street!
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  • 40 to 50 minutes
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Full Day London Private Classic Tour

Full Day London Private Classic Tour

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Optimize your time in the British capital on a private full-day tour, zipping between landmarks by traditional black cab for an authentic London experience. Discover iconic highlights such as the London Eye, Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace and enjoy plenty of stops for pictures or a closer look. Benefit from your guide’s personalized recommendations to add additional stops according to your interests.
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  • 7 hours
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Sir Winston Churchill Private Walking Tour & War Rooms

Sir Winston Churchill Private Walking Tour & War Rooms

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Follow in the footsteps of one of Britain’s most celebrated Prime Ministers and historic figures on this private, Winston Churchill-themed walking tour. Following pickup from your hotel or another convenient meeting point, you’ll explore the areas of Mayfair, Westminster, and Piccadilly associated with Churchill, from his childhood home and 10 Downing Street to the cigar shop he once frequented. Your final stop is at the Churchill War Rooms, the secret bunker from which he ran World War II.
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  • 4 hours
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Royal London Private Walking Tour

Royal London Private Walking Tour

If you’re fascinated by the royals, there’s no better way to follow in their footsteps than a private walking tour. See St. James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Kensington Palace, and stroll the Mall. View the memorials of Princess Diana and Prince Albert, and so much more. For the full experience, upgrade to include afternoon tea at Kensington Palace.
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London Private Tour A Tale of Two Cities

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London Private Tour A Tale of Two Cities

See all the iconic sights of London and more from the comfort of one of the Capitals biggest and instantly recognisable icons, a London Black Cab! I can accomodate up to 6 prople With your Ultimate Bespoke London Highlights tour we will travel through time going back to the city's Roman roots, through the Medieval period right up to the modern day, taking in the major sights of St. Pauls, Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace plus some lesser known places. Take some time out to have a break in a traditional London Riverside pub Throughout the whole tour my aim will be to keep everything light hearted, fun and memorable on each of the places we visit. We will not be confined to the taxi, and as opportunities arise, we can always stop for those much wanted photo opportunities and at times perhaps a small stroll to the more advantageous spots. Please remember this tour can be totally bespoke and therefore totally tailored to your requirements
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  • 7 hours
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British Museum & London City Center Westminster Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

British Museum & London City Center Westminster Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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The British Museum is one of the UK’s largest and most visited museums, chronicling over two million years of human history. Make the most of your visit on this small-group tour, then marvel at London’s historic monuments on a guided walking tour, including Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, and the Houses of Parliament.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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Full Day Traditional Private London Tour by Walking & Public Transportation

Full Day Traditional Private London Tour by Walking & Public Transportation

This full-day tour is packed full of the delights of London, exploring England’s capital just like a Londoner, on Shank’s pony. This means that you will use a combination of walking and public transport to avoid traffic congestion while accessing the most important places of interest in the city. The London Underground has a staggering 270 stations, superb bus connections, a cutting edge tech light railway and a scenic River Thames waterway connection. With so much to see, our APTG qualified guides have an excellent knowledge of the city's history and we would be very pleased to offer an immaculate culture experience for our valued guests. We welcome large groups of travellers as well. Please just contact our tour management service.
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  • 8 hours
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First Time Visitor's London by Car/Black Cab/MPV/Van/Minibus

First Time Visitor's London by Car/Black Cab/MPV/Van/Minibus

This specially designed full-day tour is exclusively dedicated for first-time visitors to London. Our tour can start at various times in the morning depending on your request. The direction of the tour can be reversible. In this tour, we aim to give the full history of London in 8 hours so that visitors can understand the 2000 years of history of the city. Our guides have an excellent knowledge of the city's history and we would be very pleased to offer an immaculate culture experience for our guests. We welcome large groups of travellers as well. Please just contact our tour management service.
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  • 8 hours
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$1,091.87
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London's Darkest Hour (Private Half Day Tour)

London's Darkest Hour (Private Half Day Tour)

Left spellbound by the 2017 blockbuster ‘Darkest Hour’? Repeat the experience offscreen, with our new London tour. The movie bagged 6 nominations for Academy Awards and an Oscar for Best Actor Oldman. Our latest adaption will have you waxing eloquent too. Travel back to 1940 in a time machine (in one of our traditional London Black Cabs, which doubled up as fire engines in the World War 2). Your Private Driver Guide, an enthusiastic war historian, storms you through the violence of ‘The Blitz’. Feel the jitters as you visualise Nazi Germany threatening Western Europe and Great Britain’s very existence. Follow in the footprints of Winston Churchill and trace the turn of events from that unsettling era at Westminster and Whitehall. For an apt closure to a war-themed tour, pick Churchill War Rooms, Imperial War Museum or Warship HMS Belfast. Leave the headache of pre-ordering and pre-paying for skip-the-line tickets to our concierge team, while you have the time of your life.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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London Tour - Half Day

London Tour - Half Day

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See several London highlights in a short time with the efficiency of a half-day tour with your own private driver-guide. Your driver-guide picks you up at the airport, port, or your hotel, then takes you on a tour of major landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, 10 Downing Street, and Westminster Abbey.
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  • 4 hours
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$680.74
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Private Half Day London Tour With Car/Black Cab/MPV/Van/Coach

Private Half Day London Tour With Car/Black Cab/MPV/Van/Coach

This half-day tour can start either in the morning or in the afternoon. A car or SUV or an iconic black cab (if available at the time of booking) and other types of vehicles (depending on the number of the participants) will be used for this tour. The direction of the tour can be reversible. On this tour, we aim to give the full history of London in a limited period of time so that visitors can understand the 2000 years of history of the city. Our guides have an excellent knowledge of the city's history. We would be very pleased to offer an immaculate culture experience for our guests. We welcome large groups of travellers as well. Please just contact our tour management service or book your desired options online.
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  • 4 hours
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$915.19
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Whitehall Bespoke London Walk - The Street that Shaped a Nation

Whitehall Bespoke London Walk - The Street that Shaped a Nation

You can be picked up from the hotel or a location of your choice, discover how Whitehall shaped the history of Great Britain. See where Charles I, King of England was executed at the end of the English Civil War on the site of what was the palace of Whitehall from a time of Henry VIII.
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  • 3 hours
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$414.11
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Semi-Private Changing of the Guard & Westminster Highlights Tour

Semi-Private Changing of the Guard & Westminster Highlights Tour

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Get an insight into the British traditions and royal history that have shaped London on a 2.5-hour walking tour of Buckingham Palace and Westminster. Take in the highlights of the City of Westminster, London’s political heart, and enjoy prime views of Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament. Next, make your way to Buckingham Palace in time for the sensational Changing of the Guards ceremony and see the Queens Garden, the Mall, St James’s Park and The Horse Guards.
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Essential London Full-Day Private Tour by Public Transport

Essential London Full-Day Private Tour by Public Transport

The "Essential London Full Day Tour" starts in Westminster District, where the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, St. James's Park, and glorious Buckingham Palace await your arrival. This part of the tour will be completed by 11:00 so that you can witness the famous ‘Changing of the Guard Ceremony’ at 11:30 am (if applicable on the day you take this tour). As you travel along the Mall, or preferably London's Central Park and St. James's Park, you will reach Whitehall and Downing Street No: 10. Along Whitehall, you will walk to Trafalgar Square where you will observe Nelson's Column, The National Gallery, and St. Martin's in the Fields Church. The exciting and wonderful stories of each of these historical landmarks will be told, giving you an insight into the history of London. Then you will have time for either a relaxing lunch or a quick bite (depending on the current situation) to re-energize before experiencing more hidden treasures, tastes, and cultures. Follow us!
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  • 8 hours
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$897.24
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The Golden Triangle Tour | London-Oxford-Cambridge

The Golden Triangle Tour | London-Oxford-Cambridge

This tour takes you on a journey to the world's leading universities of the G5 in the United Kingdom and the English Language Standardization region. In the South of England, British cultural heritage and history is widely evident and during your Golden Triangle Tour, you will see and visit many places of interest. You will see the places of interest in the list below in 3 different cities and it can be adapted to the group's specific interests in London, Oxford and Cambridge.
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  • 3 days
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$2,247.81
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