Number 10 Downing Street is not just a place of work. It was also Gordon Brown’s home.
Toys belonging to the former prime minister’s children are, like the rest of the family’s possessions, being packed up and moved out. And all because the Camerons are moving in.
But Samantha Cameron may be disappointed with what she finds. Number 10 is not a ‘des res’ according to author Kathy Lette, a friend of the Brown family.
“It is a fusty, musty, cramped, tiny little flat,” she said. “You know, even a sardine would feel claustrophobic in there. It is the sort of place where you have to go outside to change your mind.”
After all, home for Britain’s new first couple and their children has, up until now, been a elegant Victorian house in London’s Kensington. Their presence has certainly had an impact on local property prices.
“The houses go around here now for about a million,” said one woman in the area. “Yes. 900,000 to about a million. So it has brought the value of our houses up.”
All the media interest, however, could be bothersome for those living nearby. As the press pack gathered outside, David Cameron could be heard apologising to neighbours for the noise.