Cabinet War Rooms
Winston Churchill Museum
In 1940 during the London Blitz, an underground shelter was built in order to protect those directing the war - primarily Winston Churchill. The shelter became known as the Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill spent much of his time there. The Cabinet War Rooms were shut down after the war but they were preserved and visitors see them the way they were during World War II. In the center of the Cabinet War Rooms is a new museum dedicated to Winston Churchill. It includes information, pictures, quotes, and an interactive war timeline. This is a great museum! Unfortunately, the photographic possibilities are limited because of the lack of light. For more information on the Cabinet War Rooms and the Churchill Museum, click here.
Royal Marines guarded the Cabinet War Rooms during World War II ... so why not get friendly?
Churchill was speaking about the RAF pilots. They were outnumbered and outgunned, but they held off the German planes. Pilots from other nations - including the U.S. and Canada - volunteered for the RAF.
The Cabinet War Rooms had a special telephone cubicle. It was an extremely secure room so Churchill could talk with his commanders and world leaders, including Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The Prime Minister intended to land with the British forces on D-Day but King George VI wasn't thrilled about the idea. This is the letter from the king to Churchill, giving him orders to stay in England.
This is a typical bedroom in the Cabinet War Rooms, one used for Churchill's staff. Notice the chamber pot ... there was only one room that had a flush toilet and that belonged to Churchill!