Winston Churchill and his cabinet conducted the British war effort against Nazi Germany from a bunker in London, which sheltered the British government during the Blitz. What is now a top London tourist attraction, known as the Churchill War Rooms, was housed in Whitehall underneath what is now the Treasury.
Momentous decisions were made in this bunker, some of which changed the fate of the world forever, as Churchill and his men helped save the world from the jaws of defeat of an evil ideology.
Winston Churchill became Prime Minister in May1940 and on his first visit to the bunker he declared: “This is a room from which I will direct the War.”
The decision to bomb German cities by night and day was made from Churchill’s bunker, a controversial act which killed many innocent German civilians but at the same time made the German population start to question the previously highly held beliefs regarding the Nazis superior status.
The D-Day landings in Normandy were decided in these rooms as were the Dunkirk evacuation and the commando raid on St Nazairre. In fact virtually all of the major decisions that led to the ultimate victory of the allies in WWII were co-ordinated in this thoroughly unglamorous sunken shelter.
The Imperial War Museum operates the special London tourist attraction, the Churchill War Rooms, which comprises of several historic rooms that enables visitors to experience a secret history that lives beneath London. It also includes the legendary Churchill Museum, where you can find out more about the life and legacy of this compelling leader.
The Churchill Rooms are located on King Charles Street and are open to the public from 9.30 – 18.00, daily with the last admission being at 17.00. The entry price is £17.00, which whilst being slightly more expensive than other attractions, is worth every penny to walk around in the footsteps of Winston Churchill and ponder what the world would have been like had the Nazis conquered it.
When visiting this historic London tourist attraction,You will no doubt conclude that you are standing in an incredibly historic and special place.