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- Type of Tour: Private Walking Tour
- Duration: 3 hours
- Tour highlights: Westminster, Churchill War Rooms (Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum)
- Meeting Point: Westminster
- Max. Size of your Party: 8 people.
- Price: £300 for the party + 20£ per person for entrance tickets
- Cancellation: The full price of the tour will be refunded if we receive your notice at least 1 week before the tour date, 100% cancellation fee otherwise
On 3rd September 1939, England declared war on warmongering Germany because they invaded Poland and annexed Austria and a few other countries. One year later, Hitler wants to finish quickly this war by bombing so heavily London that it will discourage the English people. From September 1940, London was bombed by the Luftwaffe for 57 consecutive nights. More than one million London houses were destroyed or damaged by the 30 000 bombs dropped on London and more than 40,000 civilians were killed.
The British government knew that Germany would target London in their bombing raids. If the capital was put out of action, it would severely affect the war effort and have a devastating impact on the nation’s morale. St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Lambeth Palace and the House of Commons were all hit.
During this 3-hour private guided tour of London during WWII, you will have the opportunity to understand with our Blue Badge guide how the UK managed to resist these heavy bombings and organize the counter-attack, how they protected the Prime Minister while still being able to coordinate the war effort. Our guide will start the visit at Westminster before showing you the Churchill War Rooms which includes 2 different parts:
- the Cabinet War Rooms, a historic underground complex that housed a British government command centre throughout the Second World War. Here, during the dark days of World War Two, while the Blitz raged overhead, Britain’s war effort could be planned and coordinated.
- the Churchill Museum, a biographical museum exploring the life of Winston Churchill.
Our excellent Blue Badge guide does not only show you the Cabinet War Rooms, but brings it back to life for you, so that you understand why this command centre was so important during the WWII. Being accompanied with an expert will make your navigation through this museum very easy, you will pass the rooms one after each other without even noticing what you are accomplishing. You will also understand during this visit why many people consider Churchill as the "20th Century's Greatest Man" and his exact role during the War. Please note it is possible, for history buffs, to also include a private visit at the Imperial War Museum, which makes it a 4-hour private tour in this case (instead of 3 hours).