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4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
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Traveling in a period vehicle from the 1930s or 40s, go back in time to London’s days of war on this two-hour professionally guided World War II tour. Visit London sites related to World War II and hear about the invasion of France, the Resistance, life in Paris during the occupation, the D-Day invasion and more. You can see the seat of power in the Cabinet War Rooms and see where Winston Churchill bought his cigars.

Highlights

  • World War II tour of London in Westminster and the West End
  • Travel in a period vehicle from the 30s or 40s with a professional guide
  • Optional opportunity to visit the Cabinet War Rooms, where Winston Churchill and his staff changed the course of history
  • Receive an exclusive Wartime London pictorial guide with many ‘then and now’ comparisons of the sites
  • Experience a different side of London!

What You Can Expect

Wartime London Tour: Westminster and the West End

Wartime London Tour: Westminster and the West End

With your guide, start your Wartime London tour in Victoria and learn about the devastating effects of World War II on the city. See some of the monuments that were damaged during the WWII bombings.

Pass through Parliament Square to Whitehall, where you’ll see the statue of Sir Winston Churchill and the Cenotaph, the site of the annual remembrance service. Then see the monument to the women of WWII and learn how Downing Street was protected, and continue to General De Gaulle’s headquarters, where Eisenhower planned the invasions of Normandy and North Africa, and where Churchill bought his famous cigars!

Head deeper into Mayfair and enter Grosvenor Square, an area known as ‘Little America,’ where many of the US forces and HQs were based during the war. Here, you can see the statues of US presidents Roosevelt and Eisenhower.

Continue to Marylebone and pass by the bar where Glenn Miller waited for the fateful telephone call that a flight was ready to take him to France. Then move into the area of town known for espionage, where Special Operations carried out much of its top-secret work. Here you'll see the famous Rainbow Corner (the American Red Cross Club), whose regular visitors included Irving Berlin, George Raft and James Stewart. It was the center of London’s victory celebrations!

Head back to the center of Westminster, where you can choose to visit the Cabinet War Rooms (own expense) or join your guide for a walk to learn how Buckingham Palace and the Royal Family coped during the war.

An exclusive Wartime London pictorial guide is included, showing many of the WWII sites as they were then, compared with how they look today.

Do you want to enjoy a whole day of Wartime London history?
Upgrade to the full-day tour, which covers the above, as well as London Bridge and the City of London.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

The wartime London tour was absolutely fascinating-particularly for a history buff such as myself. To view sights where legendary historical figures such as Churchill, Eisenhower, DeGualle and Montgomery lived and worked was an amazing experience. And just when I thought the tour was winding down, we end at a virtual "treasure trove" in the form of the "underground cabinet" bunkers from which Churchill and Staff directed the war effort, AND the Churchill museum. I was there until they kicked me out at closing! Even rewarded myself by going back to where Churchil bought his cigars and buying myself a Romeo and Juliet. Our guide was beyond knowledgeable, very funny, and a great guy!!

Dianne
Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

We really enjoyed this tour. Our guide was very informative and he was dressed for the part. We as well as many others on the tour did not realize that we had not prepaid for admission to Churchill's War Rooms. Perhaps this could be included in the cost of the tour.

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