Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms The Churchill Museum is the first museum dedicated to the life and achievements of Sir Winston Churchill. This permanent exhibition is housed within the unique historic setting of the Cabinet War Rooms, Churchill's secret underground wartime base.
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10/08/2020
We're open!

Step back in time and discover the secrets of Churchill's Second World War at London's must-see attraction, Churchill War Rooms.

Now open to visit. We've limited daily capacity giving your more space to explore and providing a more ehanced experience. Book your tickets online today. https://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/churchill-war-rooms

Today’s the day. After a long wait, we’re thrilled to be able to welcome visitors through our doors again. Thanks for st...
01/08/2020

Today’s the day. After a long wait, we’re thrilled to be able to welcome visitors through our doors again. Thanks for staying with us!

You can book advanced tickets and hear all about the procedures we have in place to keep everyone safe here: https://bit.ly/3ekVTsF

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31/07/2020
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We're sure you've heard that Churchill War Rooms, Imperial War Museum London, Imperial War Museum Duxford and Imperial War Museum North are open again from tomorrow. But here's a reminder from Dan Snow for good measure.

Book your tickets here: https://bit.ly/3hWj5jc

Win a chance to sit in Churchill's chair and more when you book your August visit to Churchill War Rooms before midnight...
29/07/2020

Win a chance to sit in Churchill's chair and more when you book your August visit to Churchill War Rooms before midnight on 31 July.

Quick there’s only a few days left to get into the prize draw: https://bit.ly/3jR8O9x

27/07/2020
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Just a few more days until you can once again explore the secret underground centre of the Second World War at London's must-see attraction, Churchill War Rooms.

It's a rare chance to see it without our usual summer tourist crowds and long queues, so come and discover the history on your doorstep. Tickets are available to book here: https://bit.ly/3jxFzby

26/07/2020
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On 26 July 1945, shortly after the victory of the Second World War, Winston Churchill lost the general election to labour leader, Clement Atlee. How did Britain's wartime leader lose?

Watch the full video to find out here: https://bit.ly/3fQEny1

Win the ultimate Churchill War Rooms upgrade experience, including a private behind the glass tour worth over £800, 15% ...
24/07/2020

Win the ultimate Churchill War Rooms upgrade experience, including a private behind the glass tour worth over £800, 15% off in our museum shop and a hardback copy of Secrets of Churchill War Rooms.

To enter simply book your August 2020 tickets before midnight 31 July and you will be automatically entered into the prize draw.

For Terms and Conditions and to find out more, see here: https://bit.ly/30ECBcX

We’re looking forward to welcoming you back to Churchill War Rooms next weekend, as we re-open our doors on Saturday 1 A...
22/07/2020

We’re looking forward to welcoming you back to Churchill War Rooms next weekend, as we re-open our doors on Saturday 1 August for you to visit this summer.

Tickets are available to book online here: https://bit.ly/2ZRFZ4I

Churchill War Rooms, one of London’s must-see attractions, will reopen from Saturday 1 August. Tickets for general publi...
15/07/2020

Churchill War Rooms, one of London’s must-see attractions, will reopen from Saturday 1 August.

Tickets for general public are now available. For more information or to book your tickets visit: https://bit.ly/38E8zcT

We have made a number of changes to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable. Find out more here: https://bit.ly/3gLh20L

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After months of our corridors left empty, we are pleased to announce that Churchill War Rooms, one of London’s must-see ...
10/07/2020

After months of our corridors left empty, we are pleased to announce that Churchill War Rooms, one of London’s must-see attractions, will be re-opening to visitors from Saturday 1 August.

We have made a number of changes to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable. We are thrilled to be able to welcome you back.

Priority booking is open today to members, before general booking opens on Wednesday 15 July at 12:00 PM. Book tickets here: https://bit.ly/38E8zcT

IWM London, IWM Duxford and IWM North will also open from Saturday 1 August.

Got a question? Check out our reopening FAQ here: https://bit.ly/3gLh20L

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01/07/2020

Our statement on #StopHateForProfit. To find out more about the campaign, visit stophateforprofit.org.

10/06/2020

IWM Statement: #BlackLivesMatter

Making a statement about Black Lives Matter is no substitute for making actionable change.

Racism isn't just about hate. It spans unconscious bias, access, inclusion, perception, ignorance, apathy and dialogue. These are all things we can help to tackle through how we tell stories at IWM.

We know there’s a lot more we can do, and a long way for us to go.

Here are some of the things we will do:

> We will listen - to our peers, our staff, our visitors and the wider public
> We will have difficult conversations – including about our own history
> We will embrace topics perceived as ‘controversial’ which reveal or highlight issues that are uncomfortable or contested, nationally or internationally
> We will explicitly collect around excluded and underrepresented stories
> We will diversify our collections
We will increase the number of staff appointments from minority groups
> We will create an open and supportive environment for our staff to challenge and interrogate us
> We will tell more stories to represent marginalised narratives and experiences
> We will continue to implement access and inclusion training for all of our staff, at all levels
> We will continue to give a voice to an internal network of staff in place to be ‘critical friends’ to the museum on all issues of access and inclusion

All of these actions are measurable. We will report back on our progress to our Trustees who hold IWM to account on behalf of the public.

We will keep listening.

06/06/2020
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D-Day was the culmination of over three years of preparation, negotiation and national struggle, and Prime Minister Winston Churchill wanted to be there.

As Headquarters ship of the Bombardment Group of the Eastern task force, HMS Belfast would have hosted the Prime Minister.

Senior British commanders were horrified by this fearing at best Churchill would meddle in operations and at worst would be at risk of becoming a casualty. Only masterful intervention by HM King George VI persuaded Churchill to stay back. In a letter to Churchill, the King appealed to Churchill not to go and said: “If you went, you’d cause me and your fellow ministers a lot of anxiety.”

Find out more about Churchill and D-Day. https://bit.ly/2TWqMvY

05/06/2020

IWM and CBBC presenter Ben Shires are entrusting you with a super secret Family Mission. Our mission’s code name is: Operation “Titanic” and the success of D-Day depends on it!

Your full mission briefing can be found here: http://ow.ly/iMxl50zYVe1

During the Second World War, the Cabinet War Rooms were a secret military and political headquarters. In these rooms, Br...
03/06/2020

During the Second World War, the Cabinet War Rooms were a secret military and political headquarters. In these rooms, Britain’s leaders made important strategic decisions.

Planning for D-Day was one of the major secrets of the war – find out how the operation was planned and how events unfolded in IWM’s D-Day Interactive: https://bit.ly/2TXSZT3

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03/06/2020

What does the D in D-Day stand for? And why was 6 June 1944 so important?

Join IWM expert Holiday this week as she answers those questions and reveals some of the exciting secrets and stories behind D-Day. Discover the planning behind this top secret mission and what took place to make it happen.

Do you have any questions about D-Day? Drop them in the comments and we will be sure to come back to you.

📺 Watch here: https://youtu.be/eqQOnjOLXUE

Calling all adventurers! Want to hear about the biggest invasion by land, sea and air in history?Then be sure to join us...
01/06/2020

Calling all adventurers! Want to hear about the biggest invasion by land, sea and air in history?

Then be sure to join us for this Wednesday’s special D-Day episode of Adventures in History.

On Friday, we have another top-secret mission for you, inspired by IWM’s stories and collections.

Want to get a head start before Wednesday? Have a look at these photos and collections items to prepare: http://ow.ly/U0cp50zTF4Z

Hello sailors! Or more accurately, hello Submarine Commanders! Winston Churchill paid a brief visit to those on the Afri...
30/05/2020

Hello sailors! Or more accurately, hello Submarine Commanders!

Winston Churchill paid a brief visit to those on the African Front, on the HMS Maidstone in Algiers, on this day in 1943. All the commanders had been decorated for their gallant service during the Second World War.

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Prime Minister Winston Churchill flashes his famous V sign to the crowds on the steps of the British Embassy in Washingt...
26/05/2020

Prime Minister Winston Churchill flashes his famous V sign to the crowds on the steps of the British Embassy in Washington DC, in May 1943.

Churchill had a close relationship with the US and over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. Working with the Royal Air Force, their aim was to severely weaken Germany's ability to fight. This was a central part of the Allied strategy for winning the war.

Discover more about the American Airmen in Britain during the Second World War (including Hollywood actor Clark Gable!): http://ow.ly/36EA50zzUfV

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Have you signed up to our eNews?While you may not be able to visit Churchill War Rooms at the moment, you can still sign...
23/05/2020

Have you signed up to our eNews?

While you may not be able to visit Churchill War Rooms at the moment, you can still sign up for stories about Churchill and the history of the Cabinet War Rooms, delivered straight to your inbox.

Sign up here: http://ow.ly/RfMN50zzTS8

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If you're spending quarantine staring out of the window, look no further than Prime Minister Winston Churchill for inspi...
21/05/2020

If you're spending quarantine staring out of the window, look no further than Prime Minister Winston Churchill for inspiration for things to keep busy.

During the Second World War, he kept up his routine of two baths a day. He once held a meeting with US President Franklin D Roosevelt while enjoying a good soak.

Though we don’t advocate video conferencing work meetings from the tub.

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“But I am here to tell you that we will wage that war side by side with you… while there is breath in our bodies and whi...
19/05/2020

“But I am here to tell you that we will wage that war side by side with you… while there is breath in our bodies and while blood flows in our veins.”

Winston Churchill is pictured arriving at the House of Representatives in Washington DC, on this day in 1943. He delivered a rousing 55-minute speech to Congress, detailing how they, together with Britain, could win the Second World War.

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All aboard! Prime Minister Winston Churchill grins at the cheering crowds as he disembarks from the SS Queen Mary on a t...
17/05/2020

All aboard! Prime Minister Winston Churchill grins at the cheering crowds as he disembarks from the SS Queen Mary on a trip to the USA in May, 1943.

While on this trip, Churchill addressed the United States Congress with a 55-minute speech, which was broadcast to the world.

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A younger Winston Churchill (centre, facing us), then the First Lord of the Admiralty, in front of Short Type S.38 Bipla...
15/05/2020

A younger Winston Churchill (centre, facing us), then the First Lord of the Admiralty, in front of Short Type S.38 Biplane of the Naval Wing of the Royal Flying Corps, during a visit to Eastchurch, Kent, in May 1914.

In this role as First Lord of the Admiralty, in the opening year of the First World War, he proposed an ambitious campaign to knock Turkey out of the war. It was almost immediately disastrous and Churchill was moved to a junior position and later resigned.

Learn more about Churchill in the First World War: http://ow.ly/CJKI50zzT5F

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“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”        Addressing the House of Commons for the first time as...
13/05/2020

“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”

Addressing the House of Commons for the first time as the newly appointed Prime Minister, Winston Churchill delivered this rousing speech, on this day in 1940, setting the tone for his historic leadership of Britain during the Second World War. Even today, it remains one of his most famous speeches.

The speech was so effective, that in 2003 TIME magazine included it in their list of 80 days that changed the world.

Enjoy Churchill’s stirring speeches at home, from inspiring books to Churchill-inspired mugs, tea towels and everyday items from the IWM online shop: http://ow.ly/I4xm50zDHX6

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Pictured: Winston Churchill makes his VE Day radio broadcast from 10 Downing Street, 8 May 1945.

Did you know that King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother, visited the Cabinet War Rooms on 12 May 19...
12/05/2020

Did you know that King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother, visited the Cabinet War Rooms on 12 May 1942? Their signatures can be found in the guest book.

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“I felt... that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial.”On this day in 1940, after...
10/05/2020

“I felt... that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial.”

On this day in 1940, after Neville Chamberlain lost a vote of no confidence, Winston Churchill was appointed Prime Minister, set with the task of leading Britain through the Second World War.

For Churchill, nothing would match his period as wartime Prime Minister. He later wrote that everything afterwards was 'all anti-climax'.

Find out how Churchill led Britain to victory in the Second World War: http://ow.ly/7DYo50zywQG

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The Prime Minister Winston Churchill gives his famous victory salute, as he leaves the American Embassy in London with J...
09/05/2020

The Prime Minister Winston Churchill gives his famous victory salute, as he leaves the American Embassy in London with John G Winant, the American Ambassador to London, on this day in 1945.

Churchill had a close relationship with the US, even receiving an honorary degree from Harvard University in 1943. He also had a special relationship with President F.D. Roosevelt, who had recently passed less than a month before. The secret Transatlantic Telephone Room in the Cabinet War Rooms was used for direct calls between the two wartime leaders.

Find out how they, along with Joseph Stalin, had planned to end the Second World War: http://ow.ly/QL6850zyvMF

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09/05/2020

We recommend tuning into Darkest Hour on BBC1 tonight at 7.30pm. But if you can’t wait until then, check out our interview with Lily James in 2018 about the history behind the film and her experience visiting Churchill War Rooms as part of the preparation for her role: http://ow.ly/76Ta50zzsUP

8 May 1945 – VE (Victory in Europe) Day – was one that remained in the memory of all those who witnessed it, and today w...
08/05/2020

8 May 1945 – VE (Victory in Europe) Day – was one that remained in the memory of all those who witnessed it, and today we mark its 75th anniversary.

Winston Churchill, who was considered the man of the hour, is pictured waving to the immense crowds that gathered in Whitehall on the day he broadcast to the nation that the war with Germany had been won. He declared to the cheering crowds from the balcony, ‘This is your victory’.

Learn more about VE Day and hear first-hand recollections of the day: http://ow.ly/UKcv50zxvrw

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08/05/2020
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“It was all so sad. But there was the other side that was so wonderful.”

On VE Day, join together with those who were there on 8 May 1945. Listen to Voices of War here: https://bit.ly/2WbKzsY #Victory75

Ilene Hutchinson, a shorthand typist, recalls climbing up from the Cabinet War Rooms to get a rooftop view of the VE Day...
07/05/2020

Ilene Hutchinson, a shorthand typist, recalls climbing up from the Cabinet War Rooms to get a rooftop view of the VE Day celebrations on 8 May 1945:

“We watched all the crowds, thousands and thousands and thousands. There’s hardly a hair’s breadth between them. They just held hands… and it was amazing. And then Mr Churchill appeared in his open limousine… and of course they went mad, absolute frenzy there was… Then I had to go back to work!”

IWM members play a crucial role in supporting our historically significant sites, including Churchill War Rooms. Help tell the stories that deserve to be heard. Become an IWM member today: http://ow.ly/mjwb50zxuZD

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In May 1940, Britain was confronted with two important questions.Who should lead Britain into the war against Nazi Germa...
06/05/2020

In May 1940, Britain was confronted with two important questions.

Who should lead Britain into the war against Nazi Germany? Lord Halifax had a reputation for solid reliability, while Winston Churchill was seen as a political loose cannon.

Also, should Britain make negotiated peace with Hitler? As things currently stood, it was facing what seemed like certain, shocking defeat.

Today, we know the answer to both questions. Winston Churchill became our wartime Prime Minister and convinced the politicians around him that Britain must fight on.

Find out more about the people who shaped the future of Britain in May 1940 here: http://ow.ly/5Wxu50zxtQe

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05/05/2020
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What did victory really mean?

From Prime Minister Winston Churchill, to the people on the ground, hear the story of VE Day from those who were there with our three Voices of War sound compilations. We'll be live from 6.00 AM on Friday. Find out more: http://bit.ly/39Cdvyj #Victory75

In 1951, Churchill led the Conservative Party back into power for his second period as Prime Minister. But he was unable...
30/04/2020

In 1951, Churchill led the Conservative Party back into power for his second period as Prime Minister. But he was unable to bring the same energy to his second term. He became increasingly deaf and in April 1955, aged 80, he was forced to resign after a series of strokes and minor heart attacks.

He remained a Member of Parliament for almost ten more years. On his 90th and final birthday, he once again put on his famous ‘siren suit’ and spotted bow tie, and greeted the cheering crowds from the window of his London home.

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Pictured: In June 1942, Winston Churchill made a radio address from his desk at 10 Downing Street, wearing his 'siren suit'.

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Clive Steps, King Charles Street
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Nearest tube station Westminster (Jubilee, District or Circle Line) or St James's Park (District and Circle Line) Nearest train station Charing Cross By bus 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 109, 148, 159, 184, 211.

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Tuesday 09:30 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 18:00
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Friday 09:30 - 18:00
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Sunday 09:30 - 19:00

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I booked tickets to visit War Rooms on Saturday 28th March at 12.30 I have never received an order number or reference number for this.Please would you furnish me with the same? Details: Payment on 6 th March for £128.80 with debit card finishing with 4319. Thank you.
My trip to London next week was cancelled due to the corona virus pandemic. I recently purchased two senior tickets to your museum and would like to use them on another trip to London sometime. Will this be possible? I certainly hope you are relaxing the rules for this highly unlikely occurrence!
Great visit today to Churchill War Rooms in London.Fascinating info in Churchill museum. Recommend to anyone who has an interest in World War Two.
Nobody answers customer inquiries, I guess. 😞
Hi! I think we are going to visit the War Rooms in late May. I see you open at 9:30 AM, but only sell online tickets starting at 10:00. If you purchase a 10:00 ticket, can you enter at 9:30 or thereabouts? Thanks.
Thank you, I visited in january, Great work, A big salute from Argentina, Brilliant Wiston Churchill for ever!!!
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Will the Marathan being held on the 28th prevent access to this location?? The marathan "closed roads" maps shows the roads surrounding the museum closed from the 27th to the 29th. It's our first time to London so are unfamiliar with the various transportation available. Hoping we can still see this museum.