Churchill’s War Rooms Visitor’s Guide

Take a step back through time into the heart of our WWII efforts

During the darkest days of World War Two, Winston Churchill directed the British war effort from deep underground. In the basement of Whitehall, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, leading government ministers and military strategists steered Great Britain and the Empire through some of the most crucial stages of the war. From the opening days and the air clashes of the Battle of Britain to D-Day and final victory. 

Here are some frequently asked questions about the Churchill War Rooms.

What’s it all about?

Churchill’s war rooms under Whitehall were the nerve centre during the course of World War Two. From these rooms, the Government of Winston Churchill directed the course of the war. Many critical decisions were made within these walls. From rejecting peace talks with Hitler to directing bombing campaigns against vital German targets to plotting the eventual assualt on “Fortress Europa” in 1944.

What can I expect to see?

The museum is truly a step into the past with everyone chair, table, map and telephone perfectly preserved in place – exactly how it looked in the early 1940s. Visitors will find fascinating oral and film histories detailing the type of decisions made and everyday life for everyone who worked here. 

The war rooms also contain plenty of background information about the UKs most famous prime minister. From his lonely young years to his time as an officer in Africa, there are plenty of letters and photos to give visitors a glimpse of the man behind the hour. You’ll be delighted to see personal correspondence between Churchill and his beloved wife Clementine.

The audio guide will take you through each room and explain in detail the hidden secrets contained within. These top-secret rooms contain the beating heart of our wartime strategy, including the highly secret Transatlantic Telephone Room disguised as a private toilet, used by Churchill to communicate with the President of the United States

Where is Kew Gardens located?

Clive Steps, King Charles St, London SW1A 2AQ

We’ve included a Google Maps route to help guide you there.

How do I get there from the Berrys drop off point?

Our designated drop-off point is only a short walk from Hammersmith tube station. Churchill’s War Rooms are approximately half an hour away by tube. Simply head to the tube station and head to Platform 4 of the district line. Board the tube bound for Upminster and exit when you reach Westminster. 

The journey should take about 18 minutes. Exit Westminster station and keep Big Ben on your left. Heading away from the river, walk down the A302/Great George Street and take the first right onto Horse Guards Road. The War Rooms entrance is at the top of the Clive Steps on your right.