Churchill War Room, Westminster

On a rainy Sunday (no, it’s not an usual Sunday in London), visiting the Churchill war rooms is always a good idea. Beside the 10 Downing Street, you will find a bunker entrance housing the secret WW2 bunker (from where Churchill led the country from 1939 to 1945) and the Churchill museum. Open to the public only in 1984 by Margaret Tatcher (a great admirer of the former Prime Minister), this historic underground had been closed at the end of the WW2. After a lot of rebuilding, everyone can now discover what was the day-to-day organisation of the war cabinet. Protected from the bombs, you will pass along the map room (to follow the enemy and allies attacks), the radio room to broadcast the famous Churchill’s speech, a machine room to ensure a comprehensive autonomy to the buildings, and the bedrooms of the closest colleagues. The Churchill museum has been built in an addition to the underground. A fascinating testimonial of the Great Man through the letters from Clementine (his wife) and his friends, his exchanges with Roosevelt, his views on the “Cold War”, a chronological approach from his childhood to his first steps in Politics, you will learn everything on this brilliant speaker, intellectual, impatient and choleric man who also got a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971 and who painted figurative artworks. Please allow 2 hours at least to get the most of the visit (an audioguide is included in the tour). A bit expensive (£17) but it is definitely worth it.

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