How times have changed in the Downing Street kitchen

The modern surroundings of the Downing Street residence provided the perfect backdrop for Samantha Cameron and Michelle Obama's meeting over afternoon tea on Tuesday.

But the central London abode inhabited by prime ministers hasn't always been so lavish.

A quick comparison with an image taken in 1989 of the kitchen Margaret Thatcher used during her time as Prime Minister shows how times have changed at the Downing Street dwelling.

David and Samantha's apartment – at the larger No 11 - features stainless steel fittings, immaculate graphite cabinets and gleaming accessories.

Perfectly aligned Jamie Oliver pans sit neatly on a steel shelf, whilst top-notch gadgets such as a £130 Dualit two-slice toaster and £500 Rancilio coffee machine sit either side of a £3,799 Britannia Sigma range oven.

The Camerons clearly have a taste for the finer things in life, and in the living area two iPads are stacked neatly next to a shiny Phillips flatscreen television.

These luxuries are in stark contrast to the stripped-back style of Baroness Thatcher's No 10 kitchen, which featured basic fittings, stained walls and run-of-the-mill accessories.

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