Churchill War Rooms
King Charles Street
London SW1A 2AQ
TfL Fare Zone 1
The Churchill War Rooms should not be missed by any visitor interested in the conduct of World War II. For six years Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his government ran the country and the War from these subterranean rooms.
Since World War I the government had been well aware of the destruction and administrative havoc that could be wreaked by air bombardment.
Thegovernment had to be functioning and this could only be achieved by finding secure premises for the Cabinet Room and military chiefs. It was realised that if the government left London, this would not send a good message to the beleaguered British populace; so somewhere had to be found in London.
It was decided that the basement rooms underneath the ‘New Public Offices’ would serve the purpose. Ten feet (3.1 metres) below ground level the basements were further reinforced with concrete. When shown the underground Cabinet Room in 1940 Churchill declared “This is the room from which I will direct the war.”
Undisturbed since WW2
From the moment you enter through the impressive, metal shrouded modern entrance underneath Clive Steps in King Charles Street, Whitehall, you are back in the War years. On 16 August 1945, the day after hostilities ceased, the Cabinet War Rooms were quietly locked up and left with everything in place. In 1982 the Imperial War Museum and the Department of the Environment made these rooms accessible to the general public.
Map Room & Cabinet Room
Visitors will see the Map Room, the Cabinet Room, Churchill’s bedroom-office and the Transatlantic Telephone Room. These rooms are exactly as they were when they were locked up after the War. One side of the room is a glass wall through which the visitor can view the whole room.
Each room has a number which the visitor punches into the audio guide for a description of the contents of the room and what went on in it. As well, the audio guide provides descriptions of what life was like by people who actually worked there.
Semaphore Signal System
In the corridor you can see a semaphore signal system which showed if air raids were in progress and what the weather was like outside. There is also the Churchill Suite, a set of rooms equipped to act as a small flat for Churchill’s wife and family to use during air raids or if their Downing Street home got bombed.
When not out and about boosting the morale of the troops and British people, Churchill spent his time underground in this bunker with his Ministers and Chiefs of Staff running the War. His bedroom and office were the same room and he often held briefings, sitting in bed smoking a cigar. It was from this room that he broadcast his famous speeches urging the British people to keep fighting.
The Churchill Museum
The Churchill Museum is devoted to the life of Sir Winston Churchill. You can see his miniature soldier collection, his army uniforms, his famous homburg and top hats, spotted bow tie, medals and honours, Garter Robes, and much, much more.
Plan Your Visit
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Open all year except 24, 25 and 26 December.
Daily from 09:30 – 18:00.
Last admission is at 17:00.
From time to time opening and closing hours may change so check the Churchill War Rooms website (link below) for latest information.
Ticket price includes audio guide. Tickets may be purchased at the venue or booked online. Please refer to museum website Web: Churchill War Rooms/ Times & Tickets
Fully Accessible. We have found the museum staff to be most helpful.
- Gift Shop
- Switch Room Café - open daily from 10:00 - 17:00. Hot food is served until 15:00.
Contact & Further Information
+ 44 (0)2079 306 961
TfL Fare Zone 1 Transport for London Journey Planner
To find the best way for getting to the Churchill War Rooms, visit TfL Journey Planner, link directly above.
- By Underground
St James's Park Station District and Circle Line
Westminster Station. Jubilee, District or Circle Line
- By Bus
Routes 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 109, 148, 159, 184, 211, 453.
We suggest that you visit the TfL 'Journey Planner' on this page.
- By Mainline Rail
Charing Cross Station – a 10 mins walk or take a bus (number 11 or 87)
Victoria Station – 15 mins walk or by Underground District line to Westminster Station or bus number 11.
Waterloo Station – 20 mins walk, Jubilee line to Westminster Station or bus number 211
Do not miss the article on Chartwell, the Churchill's family home in Kent in this website
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