How to spend £200k on your (Downing Street) flat refurb

Apr 30, 2021
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Features writer Katie Strick’s been looking at how the redecoration of 11 Downing Street by Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds reportedly hit the £200,000 mark.
She reveals the costs of hiring one of London’s top interior designers, Lulu Lytle, whose fabric prices start at £100 a metre.
And she’s been looking into how much of the flat’s furnishings were really from John Lewis when the Prime Minister and his fiancée arrived, such as the £100 chrome table lamp left by Theresa May.
But is £200,000 a lot of money for a Downing Street refurbishment anyway? We also talk about the cash spent by previous occupants.

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  • disgusting

    xuuxuu2 days ago
  • Seems reasonable

    Red dogRed dog2 days ago
  • Read all about it, ‘Red wall collapsing’! ‘RED WALL COLLAPSING!!!!

    Peter GrossettPeter Grossett3 days ago
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    RR4 days ago
  • 10 Downing Street is our prime minister's house where foreign dignitaries are meeting with him. It's more a place of business with a home upstairs as far as I'm aware. £200.000 is not a great deal to be honest.

    Zero FoxZero Fox4 days ago
  • So what! A lot more stuff to worry about here than Boris & his flat!!

    PnN HortonPnN Horton4 days ago
  • This reporter is not adjusting for inflation!!! Tony Blair has spent way more!!

    djjlcdjjlc4 days ago
  • Give us a thumbs up if your local council gave you 30 grand to your property

    djjlcdjjlc4 days ago
  • 150k on drugs, booze and hookers, 50k on pretzels

    G PG P4 days ago
  • Did a brexit, did we Sir! Shame on you (again).

    Earth ManEarth Man4 days ago
  • Wasn't it his girlfriend and also to keep her happy

    TheEnchilada KidTheEnchilada Kid4 days ago
  • More importantly...how to make millions from the destruction of peoples livelihoods and murder of the people he serves.

    Steven TolleySteven Tolley4 days ago
  • I would not do what Alex Salmond did and not take all my salary but I would be keeping everything else to the barest minimum.

    Sweeney McTodSweeney McTod4 days ago
  • It's so nice to see there's not a large gap of wealth inequality, between puplic servants and the working class whom they serve. ........ Wait a minute £200,000 for decorating, that's three times the cost of my home!

    Rik WyldeRik Wylde5 days ago
  • Forget about wallpaper. This is complete non story. It is a given Government and local authority will screw the citizen. The only game in town is this : might Covid-19 be a hoax ?

    Kent Davidson urban adventuresKent Davidson urban adventures5 days ago
  • 'You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time but you cannot fool all the people all the time'

    Stephen WrightStephen Wright5 days ago
  • Shocking that he can spend all that money on his flat when there are people living In mould invested flats.

    Pullman 52Pullman 525 days ago
    • @skinjim123 he only covered the cost after questions started being asked. The original payment was from a donation and in my experience theres no such thing as a free lunch. Also does anyone really need walllpaper at £850 per roll? Anyone that frivalous with money just isn't reprasentative of the 99%

      Adrian WatersAdrian Waters3 days ago
    • It his money to spend. I don't see the issue

      skinjim123skinjim1234 days ago
  • Very easily in London. Firstly it's a grade one listed building so that's going to make any costs sky rocket. Let us not forget Boris paid for it all. Boris paid to have a building he did not own, a government building from his OWN pocket. Admirable..

    Shado ManShado Man5 days ago
  • What Happens When He's Not PM Anymore..Back To His Second Home!

    Sofia CollinsSofia Collins5 days ago
  • They are behaving as if they own the place. Or plan on staying longterm. That's what is worrying me now.

    Traci KTraci K5 days ago
  • Who cares? Lets get focused on getting back to normal and flying off somewhere nice.

    David BilkoDavid Bilko5 days ago
  • The next people wont have to remodel lol

    Tatty Lashes1Tatty Lashes15 days ago
  • Public money!!! Corruption.

    MUSTAFA LEAKMUSTAFA LEAK5 days ago
  • Why tf do pms get a 30k allowance to redecorate the place, if they're going to be leaving eventually? What a waste of money, just make them pay for it fully themselves. Sorted.

    United till I dieUnited till I die5 days ago
  • Will Boris go down as the most corrupt PM in history or the dirtiest or both?

    Garden GnomeGarden Gnome5 days ago
  • Boris Johnson is the 2nd best prime minister this country has ever seen... he does what he says. End of.

    Billy EvesBilly Eves5 days ago
    • @Alan 😂😂😂 you’re a funny guy

      Billy EvesBilly Eves5 days ago
    • He's the 3rd best PM this country has seen in the last 5 years

      AlanAlan5 days ago
  • Nearly 10 years wages for the normal person spent by an elite politican on refurbing a rented flat. These people have no idea what life is really like for the vast majority of the population.

    mike lockmike lock5 days ago
  • What about the absurd wages paid for people to talk endlessly on things we could not care less about?

    Michael StevensMichael Stevens5 days ago
  • Boris Johnson as seen all MPs DO this over AND over again TO ther all OF A sudden second HOME'S? And the PENSIONERS living on 10 grand a year! Workers are not on much more! It's the taxpayers money paying for these CURUPT POLITICIANS living OF THE never ending GRAVEY TRAIN! And wot have the British people's GOT in return SINCE 208? Nothing is moving forward IN THE NATIONS INTERESTS! WE THE PEOPLE ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT MOVED ON WE FROST THE GOVERNMENT'S INTO BRITEX THAYVE GIVEN US BRITISH PEOPLES NOTHING! NOW IT'S SEEMS WEAR BEING PUNISHED FOR THAT I.E. THIS VIRUS HASN'T KILLED AS MANY AS THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION YES THER WAS A VIRUS! BUT THAYVE USED THIS TO EXTEND THIS FOR AS LONG AS YOU SHEEPELS ALLOW IT! IT TURNED INTO A FALSE FLAG MOUTHS AGO! WE'VE HAD STONGER VIRUS IN THE PAST NO ONE WEAR MASKS THEN NOT EVEN REQUIRED TO DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM ONEANOTHER LET ALONE THERE OWN LOVED ONES! I MISSED MY SISTER IN LAW, FUNERAL LAST YEAR GOD BLESS YOU LYNDA WE ALL MISS YOU! AND ALLWAYS WILL UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN IN EVEN GOD BLESS YOU! THIS OR ENNEY GOVERNMENT PAST OR FUTURE ONE'S ? GIVE US DEPLORABLES A SECOND THOUGHT! ONLY AS A MEAL TICKET FOR THERE EXSPENSES AND HIGH PAYING SALARIES?.

    Phill TaylorPhill Taylor5 days ago
  • Still gets my vote. Anything but labour or the left.

    Tony MorphTony Morph5 days ago
  • i love Boris

    prime adonisprime adonis5 days ago
  • Who cares! They locked everyone up and this is being pushed as the biggest scandal to make us forget they all robbed us blind!

    Me YouMe You5 days ago
  • Quite easy in London. £50k for the design consultants. £50k for the health & safety experts. £50k for the project management. £40k for the red tape box ticking. £5k for the PPE. £4,500 for the Feng Shui expert. £500 for the work.

    DoublethinkDoublethink5 days ago
  • Johnson.. What a joker.. And to think people follow what he says... Are we sick Mr Johnson.

    underyourskinunderyourskin5 days ago
    • Boris will make Britain great again 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🥳🇬🇧

      Maras Comedy wigMaras Comedy wig5 days ago
  • Live humbly

    shahid Alishahid Ali5 days ago
    • Yes. Minimalism has a lot to teach them.

      Suzan SanchezSuzan Sanchez5 days ago
  • Do all the naysayers not realise they don't get to keep the flat& it has to be done in a way that will last lifetimes.Look at how much trump spent on just paintings for Whitehouse,2.5million 10x the refurbishment cost.&do you think they should've bought tat from poundstretcher&Aldi?FFS

    Best Tech Digital Solutions UKBest Tech Digital Solutions UK5 days ago
  • What are these crims really covering up along with there pals in MSM.This wallpaper gate is just to prove to them the public is STUPID and to honest they are correct.

    paul hennerleypaul hennerley5 days ago
  • Virtually nothing - Sturgeon is spending £1.1 million so far on Bute House.

    Charles TaylorCharles Taylor5 days ago
    • @Valerie Barr it’s nearer £1:5 million

      Maras Comedy wigMaras Comedy wig5 days ago
    • Not true

      Valerie BarrValerie Barr5 days ago
  • With names of bullingdon club & double barreled names & Sir in front , it's beyond logic why the public think that any of these can understand anyone on a living wage , but they keep voting those in on 100k plus a year , just baffling

    Stu WStu W5 days ago
  • No doubt its his own money I'd spend all that money on a property i don't own and may have to leave in a couple of years

    Robert WilderspinRobert Wilderspin5 days ago
  • Do Tory voters understand that this is the behaviour of a dictator

    E CE C5 days ago
    • Boris will make Britain great again 🥳🇬🇧✌🏻

      Maras Comedy wigMaras Comedy wig5 days ago
  • I don’t see the difference between spending a little bit of money on your flat have a lot of money on promoting Scotland through the SNP I mean documentation £4.8 million come on

    Brian LockeBrian Locke5 days ago
    • seriously, a little money????????

      Chris ParkerChris Parker5 days ago
  • Get Carrie Antoinette to pick the wallpaper.

    Bunty JoyBunty Joy5 days ago
  • time these people got a life

    glenn hearnglenn hearn5 days ago
    • time you stopped rolling over.

      Chris ParkerChris Parker5 days ago
  • starmer is a clown as bad as corbin

    glenn hearnglenn hearn5 days ago
  • WAKE up SHEEP 🐑 all smoke and mirrors your Freedom is being taken away under your noses, get to the FREEDOM MARCH fight for your children and grandchildren’s future No to this PLANDEMIC

    king johnking john5 days ago
  • They must have gone to the 'I Saw You Coming' design company.

    Helen TropeHelen Trope5 days ago
    • Exactly this :) "Boho-chic" doesn't come cheap! Some granny in the Serengeti twists some twigs together and that'll be 30p for her and £30K to you :)

      BlatherskiteBlatherskite5 days ago
  • You should kep this up, Starmers ratings are tanking.

    Matt StephensMatt Stephens5 days ago
    • + 1 on that hahahaha.

      AnthonyAnthony5 days ago
  • How sad are these two talking about refurbishment at Downing Street, journalism at its best ffs!

    Tanya GreeneTanya Greene5 days ago
  • It wasn't May who chose John Lewis. It was Samamtha Cameron before her. May did very little to the flat.

    Jaeli MajaJaeli Maja5 days ago
  • Distraction from bodies piled high.

    Margaret ChantMargaret Chant5 days ago
  • Of all the things happening in the world all you talk about is wallpaper?

    Dave MessalinaDave Messalina5 days ago
    • I bet if i was claiming Housing Benefit while working i would be called a scrounger and a thief . what is it about these public schoolboys who take the piss of us that you love so much,

      Chris ParkerChris Parker5 days ago
  • Just phone Bonkers Boris Mobile and choose from the menu: Press 1 for Cash for Contracts, Press 2 for No more Tax ever as Bonkers Boris is first Lord of the Treasury, Press 3 to hear Bonkin g Boris doing it and Press 4 to hear Bonkers Boris firing Dominic Cummins or Press 5 to hear what Carrie really said about John Lewis furniture. Otherwise hold for 15 years. Bahahahaha.

    Arnold DalbyArnold Dalby5 days ago
    • Oooooh your infantile anger is heart-warming. hehehehehe All of this and Boris will still rub labours nose into the dirt.

      AnthonyAnthony5 days ago
  • WHY NOT ASK THE LONDON TOSSPOT MAYOR HOW MANY MILLIONS OF TAX PAYERS HARD EARNED CASH HE WASTES EVERY MONTH

    saladin606saladin6065 days ago
  • This is the weirdest "news" channel on yt. It's a mix between weak woke nonsense and an obnoxious middle class dinner party.

    William HWilliam H5 days ago
  • Buy a new flat? Also it's a Cash and Carrie

    FirebirdFirebird5 days ago
  • Distract the masses, Deceive the masses and always Divide the masses the sole job of mainstream media, every story you see will fit into one of the three D's.

    Organic GrowingOrganic Growing5 days ago
  • Notice the Media is not talking very much about the SNP missing £4.5 billion from their budget. Notice they are not talking about the Labour MP who lobbies for a think tank and others for using money to buy second homes and rent some out.

    Robert DaviesRobert Davies5 days ago
    • to right my friend

      glenn hearnglenn hearn5 days ago
    • Yes all the different parties seem to be crooks, the system is rotten to the core.

      potatoe21crpotatoe21cr5 days ago
  • Sack the bad hair waster.

    MichaelMichael5 days ago
  • I'm assuming the Golddigger has used up all her 'exquisite taste' on the furniture rather than her choice in, and let us lean toward terminological generosity here, men.

    Curious UranusCurious Uranus5 days ago
  • Absolutely disgusting! £200k???? Some people in this country cannot even afford to rent a place and this buffoon spends £200k of a flat refurb....................

    Sophie WallaceSophie Wallace5 days ago
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