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Cabinet War Rooms
The underground bunkers where Winston Churchill directed the war.
Location of the Cabinet War Rooms
The Cabinet War Rooms are located in the basement of a government building, and were hurriedly converted in 1939, on the eve of the Second World War. Originally a basement just off Whitehall, the rooms became emergency accommodation to protect the British Government against air attacks. Operational for the six years duration of the war, these secret, cramped quarters became the vital nerve centre from which the Prime Minister directed operations. The underground complex of twenty-one war rooms has remained relatively untouched since they were abandoned at the end of the war in 1945.
What is in Cabinet War Rooms?
Churchill's subterranean wartime headquarters include the very war room where the Prime Minister, his Cabinet and his Chiefs of Staff took momentous decisions at the height of the enemy bombing on London, and the top secret Map Room where military planners plotted the course of the war around the clock. Step back in time and walk through the actual rooms, experience the atmosphere and conditions of those times.
History of Cabinet War Rooms
When Churchill became Prime Minister in 1940, he was given a bedroom in the Cabinet War Rooms but he rarely used it, in spite of the advice of his officials, preferring instead to remain at 10 Downing Street. That is, however, when he wasn't on the roof of a building watching the air raids!
Cabinet War Rooms Today
On 16th August 1945, after the Japanese surrender, the door to the Cabinet War Rooms was locked and left as it had been during the war. In 1948, it was declared an historic site but it was not opened to the public. In 1981 Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher made the decision that it should be opened up and so over the following three years work was undertaken to preserve the artefacts in there and allow them to be seen by visitors.
Work is continuing on the Cabinet War Rooms including the opening of a new Churchill museum, due for completion in January 2005.
Hotels for Cabinet War Rooms
The Cabinet War Rooms are located just 10min bus ride from Georgian House Hotel or 20min walk. The hotel will offer you excellent facilities for a reasonable price, delicious English breakfast and ideal location not only for Cabinet War Rooms, but for variety of other tourist attractions.
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Georgian House Hotel is ideally situated in a very central location, so visiting sights all over London is quick and easy. Why not book Georgian House Hotel when you plan your trip to the Cabinet War Rooms? You can book online or email to make a reservation on firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone on 0044(0)207 834 1438