Behind the world’s most iconic front door lies the core of British political power: the Prime Minister’s home and office. Designed over three centuries ago as an ordinary residence, 10 Downing Street (or ‘No. 10’) has undergone a challenging metamorphosis, with continuous adaptation and renovation allowing successive occupants to make their mark on this evolving, surprising and in some places crumbling building.
No. 10’s first-ever Researcher in Residence, Jack Brown, has used unprecedented access to people and papers to uncover intimate stories of Downing Street’s post-war residents, staff and visitors, revealing how those in power have shaped the building – and been shaped by it in return.
This is a fascinating account of unexplored corners of one of the nation’s best-known buildings, from the minutiae of decoration and diplomacy to the drama of terrorist bombs and political bombshells.
JACK BROWN is Lecturer in London Studies at King’s College London and Research Manager at Centre for London. From 2016–17, he was the first-ever Researcher in Residence at No. 10 Downing Street.