With so much political uncertainty surrounding Number 10, Brexit and Theresa May, why not step up and lead the UK yourself from our true-to-life Downing Street set. Perfect for a conference, an impromptu themed event, or even a satirical publicity stunt.
This head turning 12m x 3m Downing Street set consists of a fully practical (and worldly-recognised) black, number 10, door and is set against the iconic Downing Street, black, brick. The set size can be adjusted to suit your venue and is supplied with windows, net curtains, wall lights, traditional London lamp posts and black iron railings – along with a number of other supporting accessories, such as cobbled flooring, bunting, lighting and table centers.
So, now is your chance to be PM. Are you able to get this great nation back on the right track?
With the world’s attention currently firmly fixed on Number 10, let’s take a look at the house behind one of the world’s most famous front doors.
Built in 1682 it was originally three houses. Number 10 was offered to Sir Robert Walpole by King George II in 1732. Walpole accepted on the condition that the gift was to the office of First Lord of the Treasury (Prime Minister) rather than to him personally. Few early Prime Ministers lived there. It was costly to maintain, neglected, and run-down. Number 10 was close to being demolished several times but the property survived and became linked with many statesmen and events in British history. In 1985 Margaret Thatcher said Number 10 had become "one of the most precious jewels in the national heritage"
It hasn’t always been No. 10 Downing Street. The modern Downing Street was created between 1682 and 1684, after King Charles II granted the wealthy diplomat Sir George Downing, 1st Baronet, the lease to the road at the edge of the royal Whitehall Palace. No. 10 was No. 5 before the street was renumbered in 1779.
Here are 8 more surprising facts about Number 10 Downing Street....
1) The last private occupant was called Mr Chicken
The last private occupant of the 10 Downing Street terrace was a man called Mr. Chicken. He was resident of one of the three properties which comprise the current 10 Downing Street. Walpole convinced Mr. Chicken to move to another property on the street in the early 1730s.
2) The door of Downing Street was once green!
No. 10’s front door was painted a different colour in 1908. Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith, who served in office from 1908 to 1916, instructed that the original black be changed to a shade of dark green. Only after the fall of Asquith and collapse of the Liberal party, was the door returned to its original colour.