The Churchill War Rooms in London

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With the movie “Dunkirk” exploding on the screen this week, it’s a good time to learn about the Churchill War Rooms in London. From this underground bunker of offices, Prime Minister Churchill and his staff planned WWII. This would include the Miracle of Dunkirk, when civilians with any kind of boat were requested to cross the channel to France and rescue the stranded Allied soldiers. The British responded in great numbers, and more than 300,000 soldiers were ferried on fishing vessels across the channel to arrive safely back “home.”

Churchill became Prime Minister in May of 1940. By the beginning of June, 400,000 Allied troops sat on the beaches of Dunkirk, pushed to the edge of the water by the Germans. Today, historians look at the successful evacuation of these soldiers as a turning point toward Allied victory. The British army was saved instead of captured. The U.S. took notice and immediately started sending supplies to Britain.

A tour of the War Rooms takes you along the hallways where the English planned their strategy. The offices look just as they did in the 1940s. Churchill War RoomsChurchill War Rooms

Churchill War RoomsChurchill War RoomsChurchill War RoomsChurchill often worked 18-hour days. So he had a room to stay in the bunker. His wife also had a room here, as did his staff.Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War RoomsA museum on the life and work of Churchill is now in the building, next to the War Rooms. It’s a well done museum telling of an eccentric leader. He wouldn’t allow his staff to whistle, for example. And he took a nap in the afternoon, making it clear he was not to be disturbed. Churchill War Rooms

The real heart of the bunker, though, is the offices where the planning took place. My favorite parts of the War Rooms are the maps that show with stick pins and string the plotting of troop movements. No digital info in those days! Churchill War RoomsChurchill War Rooms

Churchill War RoomsChurchill War RoomsChurchill War RoomsAfter Dunkirk, when more than 800 boats made the harrowing trip across the channel and back with the stranded military, Churchill inspired the Allies with these words:

We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender…

The War Rooms were used throughout World War II. It amazes me that they were left for years as they were on the day the war ended. They were opened to the public in the 1980s. So you and I today can walk in the steps of the war leaders and imagine that dark and uncertain time. Churchill War RoomsChurchill War Rooms

Churchill War RoomsChurchill War RoomsThe Churchill War Rooms are under the Treasury building in the Westminster area of London. The building itself looks like any other office building. The treasure lies underground and is well worth a visit if you’re anywhere near London. Churchill War Rooms

If you go:

The War Rooms are open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The nearest tube station is Westminster.

Tickets are 17.25 Euro for adults, 8.60 Euro for children 5 to 15. Churchill War Rooms

Here’s the official trailer for the movie “Dunkirk.” It’s an awesome film that puts you right into the midst of the battle. I highly recommend it!

 

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Carol at

I really love this post Sharon. This is the kind of place I look for in most cities I visit. The history of WWII always remind me of my mother and father. He spent 18 as superintendent of a ship building yard building ships after Pearl Harbor. He only went home every 2 to 3 days and slept in his chair at work. Tough times.

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jesh StG at

This would be a movie Hubby would like to see – so much history!. Many people could thank Churchill – not liked in his time, but a man of action! Thanks for alerting All Seasons, Sharon! – Duinkerken -just a few hours South of where I grew up as a child…

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin at

Oh wow – this would be amazing to see in person! Thanks for sharing with us!

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Life Images by Jill at

this looks like a fascinating place to visit. I’m looking forward to seeing the movie Dunkirk. Happy travels, and thank you for stopping by my blog last week.

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Kelleyn Rothaermel at

I have to see this movie! Need to see when it is playing here in Germany. How fun that you got to go to the war rooms. We named our son after Churchill. He was such a great statesman.

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Jackie at

This has been on my bucket list for quite a while. Think I need to plan a trip to London!

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Mersad at

Such intersting insight into this piece of history. Thanks for linking up with Through My Lens.

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Photo Cache at

What an interesting post.

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Fun60 at

You have captured the main areas of the war rooms really well. It is a place we worth visiting.

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A Shutterbug Explores at

Sharon I was just there last June ~ fascinating place and so full of history and life like ~ Wonderful series of photos ~ ^_^

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Marie-OR at

A place I know we would have to see! We love history so much, and WWII is fascinating. Loved your detailed post. We are also looking forward to seeing the movie.

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Bill at

Now that is a place I want to visit superb

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Molly at

I have never visited here but as we are so close to London we should really change that

Mollyx

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Katy at

Ah Sharon, the Churchill War Rooms are within walking distance of our house and I still havent been. My husband would love this and your post is a great reminder to get him to go. Thanks for joining #FarawayFiles

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jill at

We took our kids to visit family friends in England when they were teens. We let them each choose something they wanted to do and my WWII buff son chose Churchill’s War Rooms. It wasn’t high on my list – but I’ll tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed it – and learned something to. I’d highly recommend it!

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Ruth | Tanama Tales at

Very interesting post! I like places like this (and enjoy learning more about WWII). Thanks for suggesting the movie. Sounds like stuff I like and we do not have tons of plans for the weekend. #TPThursday

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Esther at

Thank you for the post! So interesting. Churchill was definitely an interesting leader. The best GB could’ve had for WWII, though he also made some world-altering decisions in his day. I am so putting this museum on my list for my next London visit.
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Megan - Truly Madly Kids at

I’ve heard that this place is brilliant. I know my son would love it. We recently went to the Imperial War Museum which was also fascinating. #farawayfiles

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Anisa at

I had heard about the Churchill War Rooms before but didn’t really know what it was. It sounds really fascinating and I guess I need to get out and see the movie! Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

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Hilary at

Wonderful post, and so timely! I’ve not made it to this yet, but plan on it next time I’m in London! #farawayfiles

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Lolo at

I definitely want to see Dunkirk and I have wanted to visit the Churchill War rooms forever but haven’t made it there! Next time I’m in London!! Thanks for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard!

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Anda at

I have a fascination with World War II and I would definitely love to visit the Chrchill War rooms. Maybe this would be a good reason to return to London. Thanks for letting me know about “Dunkirk”. I want to watch it. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Michele {Malaysian Meanders} at

We visited the Churchill War Rooms when we were in London last summer. I agree that it’s fascinating that it was kept frozen in time for long. Great photos and details of your visit there.

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budget jan at

It’s great that these war rooms have been kept as is. It’s quite intriguing. Thanks for linking up with Travel Photo Thursday.

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Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net) at

What a great museum. Obviously such an important time in world history, it’s good to see it preserved for the generations. We’re definitely looking forward to seeing the Churchill War Rooms! Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Jay Artale at

It blows your mind to think of the decisions and activities that took place here. My husband has been wanting to visit here for years – so we’re planning a trip to London and will reserve tickets to make sure we go this time around.

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Wendy Lee at

We saw the Churchill War Rooms when were in London last year. What a fascinating museum! I highly recommend it to anyone visiting London.

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