Churchill War Rooms: A Review
The Churchill War Rooms is somewhere that my sister really wanted to go – she was a history major after all – but I had a great time exploring too and I’m glad we were able to go.
Now, what are the War Rooms? From the website: History was made in Churchill War Rooms – an underground bunker that allowed Britain’s leaders to plot the allied route to victory during the Second World War. Walk the labyrinth of rooms and corridors that stretch below Westminster that sheltered Winston Churchill and his war cabinet from the German bombing raids, and explore the Churchill museum to learn the story of his life and legacy.
If you saw the Gary Oldman film Darkest Hour, where he plays Churchill during WWII, then you should know what the War Rooms are: the place they all went to throughout the film to make plans (maps on the wall, bedrooms for people to stay in, etc.) Obviously I didn’t see this movie until after visiting the War Rooms, so it was nice to understand the context a bit more.
When visiting the War Rooms, you really are going underground to visit the rooms where Churchill and others stayed. As the website states, see where Churchill and his War Cabinet met and step back in time in the Map Room, which has remained exactly as it was left on the day the lights were switched off in 1945. There are bedrooms, places where they worked. There’s even a room where you can listen to one of Churchill’s iconic speeches from this time period.
Once you have made your way through the War Rooms, you can then explore the Churchill Museum. You get to read all sorts of information about Churchill’s life, as well as see personal objects relating to all periods of Churchill’s life, including his paintings, one of his favourite cigars and the door of No. 10 Downing Street (courtesy of the Churchill War Rooms Website).
It was definitely a really interesting look back into not-too-long ago history, and if you’re at all curious, you should go and check it out! I find WWII to be a fascinating time in history so it was great to learn a bit more about it while visiting the War Rooms (and Museum).
Finally, I do recommend that you order your tickets for the Churchill War Rooms online if you can as you will save money. This is true of most “tourist” attractions in London.Lauren Does London: A Review of the Churchill War Rooms #ontheblog Click To Tweet