Guided tour

London: Westminster Walking Tour with Churchill’s War Rooms

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd. UK

London: Westminster Walking Tour with Churchill’s War Rooms

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd. UK
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Learn about life in London during World War II on a shared group or private tour of Westminster and Churchill’s War Rooms. See the original wartime bunker that sheltered Winston Churchill and his government during the London blitz.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore London's maze of underground rooms that served as bunkers in World War II
  • See the secret war rooms of Winston Churchill
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Westminster's war sites
  • Learn about the governments and monarchs of Europe forced into exile in London
  • Discover the life and legacy of Churchill and his special relationship with Roosevelt
Full description

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.

Includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Shared group or private tour
  • Entrance ticket and reservation fee for Churchill's War Rooms
  • Headsets to hear your guide if needed
  • Audio guide in the War Rooms
  • Guided walking tour of Westminster
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet your guide outside Westminster Station. Please follow the signs for Exit 2 Victoria Embankment, and then take the stairs up to street level to Victoria Embankment. The group will be meeting at the top of the stairs behind the statue of Boadicea on a chariot. *Please note the meeting point is not at The Churchill War Rooms*

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • This tour operates with a maximum of 15 participants
  • Government-imposed COVID restrictions for entering countries and venues (e.g. booster shot, negative COVID test, vaccine certificate with a QR code) may change at short notice
  • It is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check the official travel advice on the government websites and comply with local requirements. The local partner will not be held responsible for refused access to museums and tourist attractions and no refund will be due
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 205 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.4/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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Very informative tour, but more about the history of London/Britain than I expected. You're on your own for the Churchill War Rooms with a good audioguide (and the museum in the War Rooms basement is really great!). I liked the tour, but sharing that it was different than I expected.

July 23, 2022

Getting to see Westminster was incredible. Our meeting point was right outside Big Ben, which was so crazy. All of the sites we visited were beautiful. However, our guide, Dave, was not the best. He sort of chose 2 people in the group and only really spoke to them so the rest of us were left standing around while he only addressed them. We could barely hear what he was saying and he didn’t seem to care. It seemed like he knew what he was saying but most of us missed it. Luckily, we were able to tour the war rooms at our own pace with audio guides so that kind of made up for it.

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July 15, 2022

Overall this tour is a must. It starts with a walking guided tour through Westminster, when you get to the war rooms your guide checks you in with the tickets and you are self guided fro there. It is important to note that the guide was a freelance and not related to the tour company, noting this because about 6 people in our group had their tickets cancelled and were not able to contact the company to why- they had to repay to enter the war rooms. Not the guide’s fault at all. Apparently this company is Italian and they are impossible to reach.

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June 23, 2022

Product ID: 44299