Churchill War Rooms may be a tourist attraction destination today, but it was once the most critical nerve centre of Britain’s military might at the height of World War II. These underground war rooms once served as the British High command location against waves upon waves then progressing inwards from Adolph’s republican forces. Now they have been converted to a museum, to join the series of 5 branches that now constitute Imperial War Museum. Constructed just below the Treasury building in Westminster, the the Cabinet War Rooms became an underground plane of Whitehall in 1938. Their critical role would however start only a year later, when WW2 broke out across Europe.
The complex maze of war rooms gain context and significance as part of the living history of London’s past. Is is a legacy that is as much part of London, as is the identity of the English capital. In their naming, the war rooms commemorate no one else by the British Statesman, who held the very destiny of England close to his heart, and dared defy the odds without surrender. Here, Winston Churchill authored the story of Britain’s part in the Second World War, before Japan finally surrendered in August 1945. Visitors get that opportunity to walk into rooms where, at the start of 1945, the only concern was planning attacks, plotting of defensive strategies, running the war matching and managing war secrets.
There is a unique feeling that every visitor testifies about, when you enter an underground setting where one of the most powerful nations planned its survival in a world war. Although the Cabinet War Rooms and the Churchill Museum underwent major developments and only reopened in 2010, they still bear the heroic ambience of the last frontier of English sovereignty. Walk down the relatively steep steps of what served as the wartime bunker, and hereunder you will find the war rooms.
Following WW2, the Ministry of Works was entrusted with the preservation of the precious war rooms, still inaccessible to the public. Soon thereafter, the responsibility was transferred to the Department for the Environment. Ultimately however, at the start of the 80s decade, the war rooms were entrusted to the Imperial War Museum. The rooms were then opened to the public at the start of April 1984. Today, the Churchill War Rooms have gradually become an attractive historical destination high on the list of places to go when you visit London.