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Located in the Whitehall/Westminster district, the War Rooms are reached via the Clive Steps, King Charles Street. This is a labyrinth of underground rooms that provides an intriguing look at the austere conditions under which Sir Winston Churchill, the Chiefs of Staff, and the War Cabinet operated during the Second World War. The British government literally went underground to escape the bombs of the Nazi blitz. From this cramped basement, they directed the defense of Britain and retaliations against the enemy.

When you visit the Cabinet War Rooms and descend into this underground bunker, you will find yourself in another world. The rooms are equipped just as they were when Britain was fighting for its life. The Cabinet Room is arranged as if for a meeting. The Prime Minister’s Room was both an office and a bedroom, and you almost expect Churchill to walk in. The Map Room has the map of the world on which the Allied Campaign was planned. The Telephone Room has the Hot Line with which Churchill kept in contact with American President Franklin Roosevelt. Here you can also see the new museum devoted entirely to the life of Winston Churchill.

Address: Clive Steps, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AQ, United Kingdom

Established: 1984

Phone: +44 20 7930 6961

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