I've always been fascinated by the TV and film portrayals of Downing Street so I thought I would look into how they film outside the world famous address.
There appears to be two main real locations used as a look-a-like for number 10.
RSA House (The Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), 8 John Adam Street, London
This is the most used and most broadly realistic of the two locations. It's actually the fire escape of the building which has to be slightly modified by the art department prior to filming. These include changing the glass above the door and adding the metal lantern and ornate metal frame. The building was built by the Adam brothers who famously designed much of Georgian London in the Neoclassical style.
Some of the movies/TV shows filmed here: ‘The Iron Lady’, ‘Day of the Triffids’, ‘The Boat That Rocked’, ‘Bodyguard’ ‘Mother, Father, Son’ and ‘Louis Wain’.
You can see above how convincing it is even without all the set dressing.
7-10 Adam House is located on Adam Street just off Strand in London.
The similarities with Number 10 Downing Street are amazing.
The real Downing Street door used to be made from black oak but was replaced by a blast-proof steel door following the IRA mortar attack in 1991. The door itself cannot be opened from the outside.
This door has now become a well visited tourist attraction. One of the odd things about 10 Adam Street is that it appears blurred on Google Street view and has done since the service launched. Maybe a security measure, if anyone knows why please do get in touch.
You can even work in this building from £300 a month.
You can see this quirky video below at the address.
There have been many movie sets built of the famous street over the years.
The set above was from "The Crown" and was built at Elstree Studios on the former site
of the Big Brother House.
The mock up of Number 10 being constructed above in 2015 was located at the Exchange Flags in Liverpool for a Jimmy McGovern drama called 'Reg" staring Tim Roth.
For many years there was a permanent door to Number 10 at the Granada Studios Tour which people could go and visit. I remember being there in the late 90's. It would appear it was first built for the 1986 Granada production of Jeffrey Archer's "First among equals.
You can see footage of the street here which was filmed while someone was on the tour.
The image above was taken as it was being demolished.
One of the best recent portrayals of Number 10 was in "The Darkest Hour'. The main reason it looks so great is because it's the REAL Downing Street. It had been aged in Post Production to suit the period.
INSIDE THE REAL NUMBER 10
10 Downing Street has been the home to British Prime Ministers since 1735, gifted by King George II to Robert Walpole. Located in London, next to Whitehall, Westminster Palace and down The Mall from Buckingham Palace, the official residence and office of the British Prime Minister is arguably one of the most powerful and famous residences in the world. See inside the famous address here.
I hope you have enjoyed this article which took some time to prepare.
If I've missed any studio sets or locations please contact me and let me know.
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