Cabinet War Rooms
If you're looking for an attraction that's thick with history and atmosphere, look no further than the Cabinet War Rooms in Churchill's wartime bunker. This underground maze of rooms still holds the memories of some of Britain's finest, tensely battling their way through each long day and night of the Second World War. Take a tour of the historic rooms and see for yourself what an underground life of strategies and secrets would feel like.
You start off in the War Cabinet Room - the very place that Churchill and his men strategized and planned how to win the war. This room still holds the chair in which Churchill sat during these intense hours - look closely at the arms of the chair - you'll notice the array of scratch marks in the wood - proof of the immense pressure he was under.
Delve deeper into the rabbit hole and you'll find yourself in the Transatlantic Telephone Room, where you can eavesdrop on top secret, tactical conversations between Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt.
A little further and you'll stumble upon the magnificent Map Room - everything left exactly as it was when victory was achieved and the lights were finally switched off on 16th August 1945. You'll definitely feel like you've stepped into the past in this room - wartime maps still cover the walls, pocked with hundreds of tiny pinholes, books and papers are left piled on the desk - even the rationed sugar cubes remain!
And finally, you come to Churchill's private office bedroom - undoubtedly the most comfortable room in this warren-like maze of a bunker. Though he only slept in this room for a total of 3 nights, he also wrote four of his famous, motivational, wartime speeches, sat at the desk in here.
Churchill's war rooms can be found on King Charles Street in London, and are open to visitors from 9.30am-6pm every day, bar Christmas eve, Christmas day and Boxing day. Tickets are available online, from the Imperial War Museum website, and are priced fairly reasonably at £17 for adults, while under 16's go free.
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