The tour of the office of UK Prime Minister is a highlight of the Mentee Life Enrichment Skills Programme which takes place in the Summer and Autumn half term holiday.
Mentees were welcomed through the famous door and were soon guided around the building, the Grand Staircase, where portraits of every Prime Minister line the walls in chronological order, with the most recent incumbents at the top and group photographs from past Cabinets and Imperial Conferences at the bottom.
The tour extended to the Cabinet Room, where the Prime Minister presides over weekly cabinet meetings and the State dining Room, where dignitaries including President Obama have attended state dinners.
After a break for refreshments in the striking Pillared Room, a main staging area for Downing Street receptions, Mentees were introduced to staff members from the press office who talked about their jobs and what a typical day looks like.
Following the tour Urban Synergy staff and Mentees gathered for a photo in the Pillared Room before posing for more outside the shiny black door numbered ‘10’.
Mentees who attended said:
“It was interesting to find out about the different people that work at Downing Street and the way they got into their jobs. It was great to be able to go to a building most people will never see.”[/quote]