Full-Day London History Tour: WWII and Churchill War Rooms with Skip-the-Line Tickets

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Tour Details
Duration
7 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
  • Churchill War Rooms
  • St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Guildhall
Photos & Highlights
  • An in-depth view into WW2 London for first-time or returning visitors
  • Led by a PhD or MA level art historian
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Tour Description
Intrigued by British history and World War Two? Look no further. We’ve come up with the perfect full-day itinerary for those looking for a historic deep-dive. In the company of a local historian, we'll spend our time exploring the wartime stories of London with an outdoor walking tour and heading underground to Winston Churchill’s bunker. From the bomb-riddled pockets of London that survived the Blitz to Churchill’s War Rooms, this tour is a fitting introduction for learners looking to explore London through a historic lens.

  • St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Guildhall
  • Churchill War Rooms
  • 7 hours with a Ph.D. or MA-level historian
  • Morning coffee
  • St Paul’s Cathedral tickets
  • Churchill War Rooms tickets
  • Transfer in between sites
Our morning tour will focus on the impact of World War Two on London, from the fear of enemy invasion to the daily bomb raids and subsequent destruction. We’ll focus on East London, the Square Mile, and the surrounding area of St. Paul's cathedral, one of the most bombed districts during the war. We will start close to the Fore Street site where the first Nazi bombs fell, and from there, we may work our way south via St Mary Aldermanbury and the Guildhall exploring more of Churchill’s links with the area. We’ll learn of underground stations repurposed as air-raid shelters, we’ll discuss propaganda and daily life, destruction, and rebuilding, as well as the iconic role that St. Paul's Cathedral came to represent. We may stop for a coffee break at St Mary-le-Bow, destroyed and then restored after the war before heading to the Blitz memorial north of St Paul's Cathedral. Before lunch, we’ll finish at St. Paul's Cathedral, with a visit to the American Memorial Chapel, dedicated in its entirety to the American dead of WWII.

After a local lunch, we’ll hop in a taxi or take the tube to the Churchill War Rooms to continue our education on the Blitz. In Churchill’s high-security underground bunker office and its maze of other rooms, we’ll learn about the figure of Winston Churchill, the key decisions he made as Prime Minister, and his ability to cement the 'Big Three' Alliance with Russia and the United States. After an in-depth exploration underground, we’ll emerge for a stroll nearby through Whitehall, taking in the Guards Chapel, Buckingham Palace, and discussing the Royal Family during WWII.

We will leave each other with a full-day of WWII history behind us and a deeper knowledge of the havoc caused by the Blitz and how the local Londoners came together to rebuild the city to its former glory. We’ll also gain insight into Winston Churchill and his legacy as a political strategist, and mythical figure in history.

Interested in a full-day art-themed tour? Check out our Full Day London Art Tour. 
What is a private tour?
Our private tours are limited exclusively to travelers in your party. They are designed to provide a learning experience that is completely tailored to you and your traveling companions. Private tours give you more flexibility with scheduling (you decide when the walk best fits in your trip), the ability to tailor your itinerary (we'll work to match the itinerary to the interests and dynamics of your group), and more personalized time with your guide.

What happens if it's raining?
Our tours happen rain or shine. Our guides are great at adapting their route during changes in weather. Please bring an umbrella.

Is this walk suitable for families?
For a specific family-friendly London tour, we do recommend our London in a Day for Kids tour.

What are skip-the-line tickets?
For this tour, your tickets are pre-purchased which allows you to directly enter the security line at the War Rooms without waiting to purchase tickets. You may still have to wait in a security line or in a line to have your pre-purchased ticket scanned.   

Can you arrange a car service for the day?
Yes. We can arrange a car service to pick you and drop you off at your hotel if you would like. The price of a full-day service starts at $730. Otherwise, we suggest traveling in between sites on foot, underground train or taxi.
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Peter’s knowledge, delivery and personality made for a very enjoyable afternoon. Highly
Imogene was a wonderful guide from St. Paul’s to Churchill’s War Rooms! She was knowledgeable on all subjects and considerate to our needs and interests. We would go on any future tours with her in a split second!
Five stars are not enough to describe our experience. Our tour was worth far more than five stars. Imogen was so knowledgeable, flexible, kind, funny.