I was delighted in June 2010 to find myself taking morning tea at Number 10.
Being one of those residents of London who has never made time to enjoy some of the tourist attractions, I had never before stepped inside; but it definitely made me feel proud to be British. Because, from inside the Nerve-Centre, the country comes across as a well-run, efficient and powerful Government administration. (Also evidenced, I think, by their slick official website)
I was particularly delighted to see the collection of black and white prints of previous heads of state which leads the visitor up the staircase - each of which is signed by the sitter. Delighted, too, to have the opportunity to appreciate an eclectic selection of the country's most-treasured art works, including a Lowry and two vast Turner oils (both themselves British painters) which I chose to frame my portrait of the Prime Minister and Mr Kaczyński.