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WW2 London & Churchill War Rooms Tour

Explore WW2 & Churchill
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  • 3 Hours
  • Private tour for groups of up to 8
  • Avoid long lines with pre-purchased tickets
  • Certified Blue Badge Guide

Our WW2 London Tour contains two major components. First, you will embark on a Churchill War Rooms tour. From central Westminster, your Blue Badge Guide takes you underground into the bunker that was home to the headquarters of the British War Department. There you can explore the very site where much of the Allied war effort was managed.

Churchill War Rooms Private Tour

Many of the Churchill War Rooms have been left unchanged. This offers us a real insight into working conditions and allowing you to imagine what it would be like in those times.

You would be forgiven for thinking this would be a hard place to work. The office had no air conditioning or plumbing, and it played temporary home to many people.

However, your guide will share stories about how privileged many of the workers here felt. They were proud of the essential contribution they were making to the war effort.

Your guide can explain how Allied communications were encoded with SIGSALY to hide their contents from Axis powers. You’ll hear about revolutionary advances in cryptography and their effect on the war.

Learn About Churchill Himself

For those of you interested in Winston Churchill, part of this Churchill War Rooms tour includes visiting the museum dedicated to this great man. Let us share with you some of his uniforms, daily schedules, and both formal and informal letters.

The exhibits tell the story of the charismatic Winston Churchill. He was a prime minister and wartime leader, but also a beloved family man.

Did you know that Churchill was also a writer and artist? His studio at home was a favourite retreat during quieter periods.

Perhaps you’d like to see the wanted note offering a £25 reward for turning in a young Churchill, following his escape from prison during the Boer War!

Reaching the halfway point of our London WWII tour, you can enjoy some refreshments and visit the gift shop for a souvenir.

Part Two: World War 2 Walking Tour in London

After finishing our private tour of the Churchill War Rooms, we embark on a journey around Whitehall and Parliament Square to begin Part 2: a World War II walking tour of London.

This area is packed with various memorials and monuments. Some are very obvious, others are hidden in and around ministerial buildings. Your guide will help you find them and share their stories.

Every year, Whitehall plays host to a grand military parade commemorating both World Wars. We will see the poppy wreaths and banners laid on the Cenotaph, the empty tomb.

Walking through the Embankment area, we will visit many memorials dedicated to specific military groups that were involved in the conflict.

Who were the Chindits? Learn about this revolutionary group of men who operated deep behind Japanese lines in Burma. Their commemorative plaque may be small in comparison to some monuments, but your guide will explain the significant impact these men had on the war and also on future styles of military operations.

Where do you find the Battle of Britain memorial? We will show you this beautiful piece and tell you about the pivotal effect the Battle of Britain had on the path of the war.

So ends your World War II walking tour. Your guide will be happy to tell you about more museums you can visit in London or help with suggestions for the rest of your stay.

Winston Churchill was a very influential part of London’s history. But you can learn about other influential people in London, like the Royal Family. See the Crown Jewels on our Tower of London Tour or visit the church where there have been many royal weddings on our Westminster Abbey Tour.

WW2 London & Churchill War Rooms Tour

  • Cabinet War Rooms
  • Winston Churchill Museum
  • Whitehall
  • The Cenotaph
  • Battle of Britain memorial

Pricing

All tours are for private groups only and start from £343. Groups can be up to 8 people. Your entrance tickets to the Churchill War Rooms are additional and can be purchased during the checkout process: Adults £25, Children £12.50. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

Departure Point

Churchill War Rooms, Clive Steps, SW1A 2HQ London, GB. By prior arrangement, your guide can meet you at your central London hotel.

Departure Time

Mon-Fri 2:00pm

Directions

The tour departs from the Churchill War Rooms beside the steps outside the main entrance. Your Guide will be waiting with a sign showing the lead customer’s name.

Why should you book a tour with our Blue Badge Guides?

  • All of our Guides are Blue Badge holders, this is Britain’s highest professional tourist-guiding qualification, they are the only external guides able to show you around the most famous attractions.
  • Blue Badge guides are carefully selected for an intensive 2 year course culminating in an extensive series of exams in all aspects of History, Art, Architecture, Contemporary Britain and much more
  • Your time on holiday is precious, let our expert team make it memorable for all the right reasons
  • We pride ourselves on being able to tailor tours to your interest, our guides strive to bring your tour to life, making it enjoyable for all ages

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sknipfel
sknipfel
2020-01-04
Fantastic! Marina was superb. I took this tour with my husband and three sons (20,18.17). Loved that we had a small group and could ask questions. Note this tours doesn't include skip the line tickets. We ended up seeing the crown jewels at the end of the day to avoid the ridiculously long line.
kimberlyk615G
kimberlyk615G
2020-01-03
Best Tour of London Tower Denisa gave us an amazing tour of London Tower. She was knowledgeable and provided a wonderfully historical tour, holding the attention of a 14 and 15 year old. Denisa is top notch. Try and secure her when you book any tour! Loved hearing about the history of the ravens and, of course, the palace intrigue.
shannonsmoyer
shannonsmoyer
2019-07-24
Great Tour! Sarah was amazing and gave us a great introduction to York! We only had a few days to spend there and this was a wonderful way to make a list of the places we wanted to visit. Highly recommend!
E C
E C
2019-07-07
Private tour Our tour guide Marina was wonderful! She did a great job keeping our 13 year olds engaged the whole time. We all learned a lot and had a great afternoon!
C C
C C
2019-03-31
Wonderful Tour! Kids learned so much! I have never had a tour in a museum before, but wow. I will definitely do it again! Our guide explained the history and folklore behind the paintings. It was like a friend taking you to her favorite places. Our children age 9 and 11 were able to remember what paintings we saw and why they were important. 10/10 would definitely recommend!
gigibites
gigibites
2019-03-31
LOVE Denisa! We had a group with 6 kids and she was absolutely incredible! Very informative and extremely engaging with the children! We did a trip to Paris with a “children specialist” tour and she was just as good if not better!! It felt like we were hanging out with a local friend from the first minute we met her. We recommend her highly and we hope to book again with her in the future!
87joyk
87joyk
2019-03-27
Private walking tour of London and private tour of Tower of London Our family of four took two tours on two different days with Denisa. We took a walking tour of London as well as a tour of the Tower of London. We found her to be extremely friendly and knowledgeable. She had a wealth of information about everything that she showed us. She even knew smal details like the names of the ravens at the Tower! We would highly recommend any tour with Denisa!
M G
M G
2016-08-08
Wonderful walk around... We had a great day with Denisa - we are a family with two relatively small children and we saw a lot of this wonderful city (Westminster, St. Pauls, Tower etc.). Everything was well prepared and with all this specific knowledge it is much easier to get around - very quick and to the point. Denisa knows a lot of the background and she made it very targeted to the kids. She gave us a few great tips on restaurants and other things to see by ourselves. Very recommendable !
Romingscots
Romingscots
2016-08-01
Brilliant London Visit Living at the other end of the country we don't visit too often, or know London very well, but Denisa made lots of very useful and practical suggestions and made sure that we fitted in everything that we were looking for. Her knowledge of the City is excellent, whether it is of the tourist haunts, the historical areas or shopping and eating. She even helped direct us to a great area to stay when visiting the City, which was handy for everything we wanted to do. On top of all that the 2 hour tour we did with her showed us St Paul's and beyond, including the Tower, an area we hadn't really seen before. Lots of information and a good pace with a friendly and very flexible approach. We would not hesitate in recommending her for anyone else visiting London, whether they think they know where they would like to go, or have no idea and we will be booking Denisa again for future visits. First class.
chrism12345342
chrism12345342
2016-08-01
Tour of London I booked a tour with Denisa for my partner and I on a short trip to London. It is clear that she really knows a lot about many different historical and cultural aspects of the city. We spent 2 hours in the National Gallery looking at a number of paintings and were given a comprehensive tour of the highlights. Denisa also gave us a walking tour round some of the sights of the city. She was more than happy to adapt her tour to our interests and the small amount of time we had. Would highly recommend her for your trip to London.