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London: Westminster Walking Tour with Churchill’s War Rooms

1. London: Westminster Walking Tour with Churchill’s War Rooms

Explore the World War II history of London’s Westminster district and discover the secret bunker that Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his government used during the German bombing campaigns. Home to undercover and often underground bases for governments in exile, Westminster suffered especially badly during the blitz and was awash with espionage. Your unique tour starts with a walk around some of London’s most historic sites, such as 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey. End at the Cenotaph, built as a memorial to the First World War and now the UK’s primary national war memorial. Along the way, see the statue of Sir Winston Churchill and the monument to the Women of World War II, hear about governments and monarchs that were forced into exile in London as Germany overtook the nations of Europe and more. Then, it’s time to head to the wartime bunker of the Churchill War Rooms. Tour the Churchill Museum and learn about the maze of underground rooms that were used to plot and plan war strategies. Although your guide will not accompany you inside, you'll be able to browse the War Rooms at your leisure and hear fascinating facts from your audio guide as you wander round. Experience what life was like for those that worked in the dark rooms and how they deciphered enemy communications and created maps of the army’s movements. Learn about the primitive sun lamps that were used to get sufficient levels of vitamin D and how even the families of those that worked there couldn't know what they did for a living. Explore the legacy of Sir Winston Churchill and hear authentic audio of his inspiring wartime speeches. Discover fascinating stories about Churchill’s private and public life, from his love of his wife to his special relationship with President Roosevelt. You’ll even see the original door to 10 Downing Street that he walked through after becoming prime minister. The war rooms have been preserved exactly as they were on the day the lights were switched off in 1945, with signs that indicated the weather outside. As you venture deeper into the labyrinth, discover how life continued underground, from top-secret conversations between Churchill and Roosevelt in the Transatlantic Telephone Room, to simple domestic concerns in Churchill’s kitchen.

London: Westminster in WW2 and Churchill War Rooms Entrance

2. London: Westminster in WW2 and Churchill War Rooms Entrance

It’s time to go back to the 1940s. Big Ben no longer sounds. Air raid sirens are the norm. German bombing raids come under cover of darkness. The population lives with rations and restrictions. Many Brits lay down their lives in Europe and beyond. With your local expert guide, you will keep calm and carry on, learning about the British resolve and getting the inside scoop on the truth behind Westminster in wartime on this walking tour past important monuments like the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Cenotaph, Ministry of War, 10 Downing Street and Whitehall. After your Westminster small group experience, bid your new-found friend and guide a fond farewell to descend into the War Rooms. At your own pace, discover the miles of strategic bunkers where Winston Churchill and his cabinet were to conduct their part in WW2. This unforgettable location is frozen in time and ready to be discovered once again.

London: Go City Explorer Pass with 75+ Tours and Attractions

3. London: Go City Explorer Pass with 75+ Tours and Attractions

Get your London Explorer Pass, a digital credits package, and create your own city itinerary. Redeem your credits against 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attractions from a selection of over 75 monuments, tours, cruises, dining experiences, and more. Choose from a variety of venues, including the Tower of London, Shakespeare's Globe, and St. Paul's Cathedral. Get instructions on how to plan your itinerary and place reservations ahead when needed. You have 60 days to use your attraction credits starting with your first choice. Save up to 50%* at top attractions - each visit equals 1 credit used. Choose any 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attractions from the following list: Popular attractions: • 1-day Hop-On-Hop-Off London Bus tour • Tower of London • Kensington Palace • Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition & Theatre Tour • St Paul’s Cathedral • City Cruises Thames River Pass • Tower Bridge • Westminster Abbey • The London Bridge Experience • ZSL London Zoo Fun Activities and Tours: • Up at the O2 • Brit Movie Tours • Brit Music Tours • Brit Icon Tours • Hop-on Hop-off Open Bus tour of Windsor • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour & Museum • Emirates Arsenal Stadium Tour • Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium Tour • Wembley Stadium Tour • Twickenham Stadium Tour & World Rugby Museum • Kia Oval Ground Tour • London Bicycle Tour Company - Bicycle Hire • Fuller's Brewery Tour • Hard Rock Café London • Curzon Soho - Cinema Ticket • Curzon Mayfair - Cinema Ticket • Curzon Bloomsbury Cinema - Cinema Ticket • Swingers Crazy Golf (West End or City venues) • Sherlock: The Official Live Game • All Star Lanes (bowling) • The Chocolate Cocktail Club - One Free Cocktail • The Bermondsey Bierkeller • The Dare Skywalk • Solve a Mystery: the Murder at Trafalgar Square • ArcelorMittal Orbit Museums and Places of Interest: • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew • Royal Observatory Greenwich • London Transport Museum • Cutty Sark • Benjamin Franklin House • Florence Nightingale Museum • Freud Museum London • Hampton Court Palace • Household Cavalry Museum • London Bicycle Tour • Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising • Old Royal Naval College • Royal Albert Hall Tour • Garden Museum • The Guards Museum • The Monument to The Great Fire of London • The Postal Museum • Wembley Stadium Tour • Apsley House • Eltham Palace • Jewel Tower • Wellington Arch • Chiswick House and Kitchen Garden • Royal Air Force Museum *Savings based on sample itineraries on the Go City website. 

London: Walking Tour and Churchill War Rooms Entry

4. London: Walking Tour and Churchill War Rooms Entry

Explore the incredible sights of London on this attraction-packed historical walking tour that takes you to some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and attractions. Follow your guide passed sights like Westminster, Buckingham Palace, and Downing Street.  Start the tour in the beautiful area of Green Park and then head on to Westminster. Marvel at the amazing Buckingham Palace, home to the Royal Family, peer into Downing Street, residence of the Prime-minister, and watch the Changing of the Guard Ceremony.  Journey passed the stunning Westminster Abbey, the historical Big Ben tower, and the Houses of Parliament. Stroll to the Queen Victoria Fountain, Trafalgar Square, and Pall Mall. Enter the Churchill War Rooms and learn the rich history of the place from which Churchill directed the Second World War. Uncover the stories of the staff who spent thousands of vital hours working and sleeping at the Cabinet War Rooms.

London: Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour

5. London: Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour

The Royal Westminster and Changing of the Guard (English) guided walking tour offers you the ability to get up close and personal with London’s most famous and impressive sights. Beginning with Buckingham Palace, the most famous residence of the King, we will explore the iconic buildings, parks and monuments of Royal London.  Witness parades by the world-famous King's Guards before continuing along the corridor of power which includes Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and 10 Downing Street.  You'll be led by an expert in London’s political, royal, and cultural history, who knows the best places to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony, allowing you the best views and photo opportunities away from the crowds. Along the way, be entertained and enthralled by your tour guide’s in-depth knowledge, memorable anecdotes, and unique take on London's history, as you discover the Kings, Queens, rogues, and villains behind this incredible city, and witness iconic buildings and mesmerizing parades along the way. Suitable for all ages and encompassing multiple different experiences in a single two-and-a-quarter-hour period, this Westminster and Changing of the Guard Walking Tour is the best way to experience Royal Westminster all in one day. 

London: Winston Churchill & Westminster in WWII Walking Tour

6. London: Winston Churchill & Westminster in WWII Walking Tour

On a private or shared group walking tour with an expert guide, discover the grandeur of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Cenotaph, Ministry of War, 10 Downing Street, and Whitehall through the lens of WWII. Learn about the British resolve and the reality of life for millions at that time. Start your tour outside the Monument to the RAF, which commemorates the individuals who took part in the Battle of Britain during the Second World War. Meet your guide who will begin to tell you the history of the area, and about life during WWII. Together, travel through London visiting iconic landmarks, such as Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey, as your guide tells you the impact of WWII and how Britain coped with the war. Finish your tour outside the Churchill’s War Rooms. Your guide will leave you here to explore if desired. Explore strategic bunkers from where Winston Churchill and cabinet were to conduct their part of WWII, frozen in time and ready to be discovered once again.

London: Churchill War Rooms & WW2 Westminster Private Tour

7. London: Churchill War Rooms & WW2 Westminster Private Tour

Join a guided private historical walking tour around London with your live guide, a fellow historian lover. Enjoy a day exploring all the iconic sites such as the Houses of Parliament and Whitehall to discover the military bunkers of the Churchill War Rooms. Learn all about World War II, when on September 7th, 1940, Nazi Germany sparked a lightning war on London, dropping bombs across the city and beginning 57 consecutive nights of terror on Britain’s capital. But how did we get there, and what was to happen next? On a private walking tour with a local expert guide, discover the grandeur of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Cenotaph, Ministry of War, 10 Downing Street, and Whitehall through the lens of WW2 - learn about the famous British resolve and the reality of life for millions at that time. As your private guided experience continues, descend below the streets of Whitehall to discover the military bunkers of the Churchill War Rooms, frozen in time and ready to be explored once again. Roam the top-secret corridors with your private guide. Absorb the atmosphere of a Cabinet War Room where the decisions made could lead to victory… or disaster. Chart the course of the war in a Map Room, untouched since 1945. Learn more about the man who led a nation through their darkest hour in a museum brimming with artefacts from Winston Churchill’s life- from his baby rattle to the cigar and bowler hat he was never seen without. Discover the reality of life in the bunkers for the men and women who slept, ate and worked here as the bombs rained overhead. ‘’It is the time to dare and endure.’’ —Winston Churchill

Skip-the-Line Churchill War Rooms and London Highlights Tour

8. Skip-the-Line Churchill War Rooms and London Highlights Tour

Discover the secrets of Churchill War Rooms, the underground headquarters of the British government during WWII. Learn about the personal life, leadership and legacy of Winston Churchill, who served as Prime Minister during some of the darkest days and nights in British history. Immerse yourself in the story of modern warfare. The 2-hour tour includes skip-the-line tickets to the Churchill War Rooms, so you can bypass the crowds and enjoy more time exploring the museum with your Private Guide.See the Cabinet War Rooms where Prime Minister Churchill and the British intelligence directed the war, from the moment Britain declared war on Germany to the surrender of Japan in August 1945. Learn about Churchill's personality and achievements - trace his remarkable 90-year life from his lonely childhood to his military career, two periods as the leader of the British government and beyond. See also Churchill’s statue and the Cenotaph war memorial, learn about Oliver Cromwell and admire the one and only Westminster Palace and the iconic Big Ben!. Choose the 3,5-hour option to enjoy the comfort of a private car transfer to the Churchill War Rooms. We will organize a 5-Star Driver and a clean, air-conditioned car for a round-trip transfer with a convenient pickup and drop-off at your London accommodation. Book in advance to ensure you arrive at the meeting point on time. Join the extended 4-hour tour to enjoy a visit to Churchill War Rooms and a walking tour of the government buildings and monuments of the City of Westminster. Learn more about the history of British democracy and see the historic seat of the UK parliament - the Palace of Westminster and its iconic Big Ben clock tower. Take a stroll to 10 Downing Street, where the Prime Minister resides. See the war memorials along the prestigious Whitehall and admire the extraordinary museum buildings at the Trafalgar Square. The 5-hour option includes private transfers, skip-the-line tickets to Churchill War Rooms, and a walking tour of the highlights of the City of London. Enjoy a hassle-free experience with a Licensed Driver and a private car for your pickup and drop-off at your London accommodation. Avoid overcrowded public transport for the convenience of a reliable private transport.

Churchill's Life & WW2: London Tour with Churchill War Rooms

9. Churchill's Life & WW2: London Tour with Churchill War Rooms

Meet your guide in the heart of Mayfair, the elegant London neighbourhood that served as a central setting in Winston Churchill's life. Set off on your walking tour to experience a host of places Churchill once frequented on a daily basis - from the park where he used to play as a child to the hotel from which he ordered his food while living nearby. You’ll even see the bachelor pad that he called home in his younger years. Before becoming Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Churchill was a frequent presence in London's fanciest spots. After getting a glimpse of his usual haunts as a young man, you'll swing over to visit the iconic tailors on Saville Row (where he still owes one tailor £197!). Continuing on to St James Street via Burlington Arcade, your guide will show you even more shops where he indulged his taste for the finer things in life—such as his famous hats and cigars. After a brief break in Trafalgar Square, your journey continues through some of the darkest days during Churchill's tenure as Prime Minister: World War II. Millions courageously sacrificed their lives for a noble cause during these tumultuous years and are remembered in places throughout London today. Pay homage to them at iconic statues and visit solemn memorials that commemorate all the casualties experienced by British forces during WWII and other conflicts. Last but not least, you’ll take a step away from London's hustle and bustle into the city's secret past. Churchill’s War Rooms, a network of hidden underground bunkers, are where he made crucial decisions that crushed Nazi advancements during World War II. Immerse yourself in British history as you explore one of its significant sites where forgotten war stories are retold.

London: Westminster Abbey & Churchill War Rooms Walking Tour

10. London: Westminster Abbey & Churchill War Rooms Walking Tour

We will see more than 20 of London's most iconic sights and visit two of London’s most iconic attractions: Westminster Abbey & Churchill War Rooms Westminster Abbey : the Coronation church since 1066, the setting for many other great events in the life of the nation Churchill War Rooms: the centre of Britain's war effort during the Second World War First, we will explore the City of Westminster, one of the most popular tourist locations in London We start at Green Park and walk down to Buckingham Palace, where we'll watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony (daily during the summer). We will walk down The Mall, the red-colored road that is adorned by two Royal Parks & two Royal Palaces. Head to Parliament Square to see Big Ben & Westminster Abbey. Sights along the way include Trafalgar Square, Nelson's Column, Horse Guards, Downing Street, Parliament Square, the Houses of Parliament... After the walking tour, we then head to Westminster Abbey – One of the UK's most notable religious buildings and the traditional place of coronation and burial site for the British Monarchy for 1100 years of history! Spend about an hour here you then head to the Bunker and see how Churchill won World War 2. Other things to note: ***Entrance to Westminster Abbey and Churchill War Rooms are included. ***Our tour guide will not enter the 2 attractions with you

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based on 759 reviews

Our tour guide was Mary and she was wonderful, extremely knowledgeable and friendly. She took the time to answer everyone's questions and we learnt a lot. My partner is a Churchill fan, I am not so much but I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the war rooms afterwards. Wrap up warm though, that was my only mistake!

Our guide, Johnny, was awesome. We were late and told by the company that we would not be able to find him. However, God smiled upon us and we stumbled upon the group. He was great! So knowledgeable and fun!

The tour was a great experience and I enjoyed every part. The tour guide was super informative and friendly and the experience as a whole was definitely something I would recommend to others and do again !!

Easy to use app and good to get a discount on main tourist attractions.

Alan was great, totally recommended, great vibes even in a rainy day.