Churchill War Rooms

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Churchill War Rooms London Reviews

Andy99 Andy99
620 reviews
Where Churchill Fought World War II Aug 03, 2017
The Churchill War Rooms is a museum of the underground bunker where the British government carried out command and control operations during World War II. Officially, the location was known as the Cabinet War Rooms. The War Rooms were put together in what had been storage space underneath the New Public Offices (now HM Treasury). Operations began in 1939 just before Germany invaded Poland and remained staffed until the surrender of Japan in 1945. The space was abandoned after that. Perhaps the relief of those who served there was so great that they simply left everything behind. When the rooms were opened to the public in 1984 under the auspices of the Imperial War Museum, the space was as it had been during the war.

Visitors see the War Cabinet Conference Room, the Map Room, the BBC studio, the telephone room, typing pool room and the accommodations for key personnel, including Churchill. Mannequins add realism to the scenes. An audioguide is available, but the individual rooms are interpreted very well. The overall pace of the war and situation on all theatres and continents were charted In the Map Room. Convoys, troop movements, supply lines and damage and casualty reports were charted. Winston Churchill made four wartime speeches from the BBC studio. The Transatlantic Telephone Room equipment enabled Churchill and FDR to converse. Speech was scrambled and descrambled using the SIGSALY device developed by Bell Labs.

The living quarters on view belie the nature of life in the bunker. Visitors can see that quarters were cramped. But on top of that there were no flush toilets (chemical toilets and chamber pots were used). Nor were there any bathing or shower facilities, and people were down in the bunker for days. Ventilation shafts were installed to draw off cigarette and pipe smoke. It is indeed interesting to observe how determined a group of people were to work together for years in less than ideal conditions in order to win the war.

In addition to the Cabinet War Rooms, there is a Churchill Museum tracing the life of Sir Winston. A cafe serves refreshments.

The street entrance is easily missed. It looks just like an entrance to a secret underground bunker!

The London Pass may be used for entrance. Photography is permitted.
Cabinet War Rooms: Planning war op…
War Cabinet conference room.
Theatre of Operations map.
Cabinet War Rooms alarm signals.
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vulindlela says:
Congrats!
Posted on: Nov 10, 2017
MaryJane1995 says:
it is a good place to see
Posted on: Nov 10, 2017
spocklogic says:
Nice exhibits at the museum, well presented and historically realistic looking.
Posted on: Nov 04, 2017
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mdfehmel mdfehmel
231 reviews
Churchill War Rooms Oct 08, 2013
I'm a military history buff, so missing the Churchill War Rooms was not an option (even though I dragged my wife there much to her dismay). Even if you are not a not a fan of military history, this museum is well worth it just to catch a glimpse of what it was like to endure the Nazi beating of the Battle of London during World War II. The cabinet war rooms were located in the basement of one of the government buildings across the street from Big Ben, Parliament and Westminster Abbey and were reinforced from above to protect against bombing raids. It is incredible to imagine how many people on Churchills staff spent a vast majority of their time (if not all of it) below ground in this dark, damp and cool bunker complex. Although the museum has obviously been prepared to endure the countless tourists that visit there every year, many of the rooms on display, including the main war cabinet meeting room, are largely in tact as they were the day the war ended in 1945. The museum does a fantastic of making you feel as if you have stepped back in time to 1943 in wartime London.
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Churchill's bedroom in the undergr…
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mdfehmel says:
I heard about the tunnels in Dover. Will have to save that for the next trip.
Posted on: Oct 08, 2013
missandrea81 says:
I walked past this place. Didn't even know it was there.
Posted on: Oct 08, 2013
HelenP says:
If you liked this then think bletchley park.. Home of alan Turin and the enigma code breakers would appeal. As weould dover castle.. Tunnels under used as command and control post for Dunkirk.
Posted on: Oct 08, 2013
Dr_Seuss Dr_Seuss
216 reviews
A Real Piece Of British History Feb 27, 2011
Situated in the heart of central London, between Westminster and St James' Park. This is the underground bunker where Prime Minister Winston Churchill directed war time operations, and is one of the Imperial War Museum sites.

I was there on a Sunday, and it wasn't very busy and walked straight in. Only cost about £15 for enterance.

Really it is split into two parts. The Cabinet War Rooms area preserved as it was back in the war time 40's and a new section which is an exhibition on Winston Churchill.

Apart from the rooms set up as they were, there are a lot of pictures, video presentations and interactive displays.

The first thing that stikes you is how drab it is, and the depite it being used by the most senior members of government and armed forces the austerity of the day still prevailed.

Interesting the way the rooms are all set out and the limitations caused by lack of space. No room for grandeur for anyone.

The rooms were preserved immediately after the war, as their historic importance was realised. So you can see the map rooms and the communications areas as they were at the time. Quite funny how everything was signposted at the time, with rooms degignated such as Mr.Churchill's Detective.

Some of the corridors a really quite narrow, and living and working down there people would have been really close, even if they didn't want to be :D.

Still has the kitchens and dining areas intact.

The museum are has lot's of pictures of Churchill throughout his life, and includes some of his broadcasts and speaches. There were the little things from his life as well, like trophies from horse racing, and pictures his younger days, from childhood, and around the world.

All over the place though are the little quotes, as he was a great man for the turn of phrase.

A great hero, and iconic British figure, one of the few non royals ever to have received a State Funeral, so I thought the experience was very worthwhile, as would anyone with an interest in history.
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Cabinet Room
War Cabinet
Cabinet Guard
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monky says:
Congrats on the feature Ian!:D
Posted on: Jun 16, 2012
trippin_jen says:
Interesting! Thanks for sharing and congrats on being featured!
Posted on: Jun 16, 2012
bernard69 says:
congrats on your feature:))
Posted on: Jun 16, 2012

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