Churchill War Rooms

The Churchill War Rooms is a museum in London and one of the five branches of the Imperial War Museum. The museum comprises the Cabinet War Rooms, a historic underground complex that housed a British government command center throughout the Second World War, and the Churchill Museum, a biographical museum exploring the life of British statesman Winston Churchill.

Construction of the Cabinet War Rooms, located beneath the Treasury building in the Whitehall area of Westminster, began in 1938. They became operational in August 1939, shortly before the outbreak of war in Europe. They remained in operation throughout the Second World War, before being abandoned in August 1945 after thesurrender of Japan. After the war the historic value of the Cabinet War Rooms was recognized. Their preservation became the responsibility of the Ministry of Works and later the Department for the Environment, during which time very limited numbers of the public were able to visit by appointment.

Churchill War Rooms

Official Website

Churchill War Rooms
Clive Steps
King Charles Street
London SW1A 2AQ
+44 (0)20 7930 6961

WWII Historical Walking Tour in London: Churchill War Rooms and Westminster

Discover Westminster’s Second World War sights with a knowledgeable guide and visit the fascinating Churchill War Rooms, an underground network of bunkers that served as the government wartime offices. The 2-hour walking tour includes little-known war tales and tidbits of London history as well as facts about the much-loved maverick leader Sir Winston Churchill. Learn of his life and legacy on an audio tour of the Churchill War Rooms’ museum and cabinet rooms. The tour also takes in top London sights such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Meet your guide in central London, and then set off on a walking tour around Westminster.

Map

Dierections

By Tube & Rail

Westminster
(Jubilee, District and Circle Line)
St James’s Park
(District and Circle Line)
Plan your journey with Transport for London.

By Train

Charing Cross (10-minute walk)
Victoria (15-minute walk)
Waterloo (20-minute walk)

By Bus

3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88,
109, 148, 159, 184, 211, 453
Plan your journey with Transport for London.

By Car

There are not any designated parking spaces for visitors to the Churchill War Rooms but metered parking is available in the local area. Charges apply from 8.30am – 6.30pm Monday to Friday. Parking in the local area is controlled by the London Borough of Westminster. There are also two car parks nearby:

Abingdon Car Park
Great College Street, SW1P 3R

Trafalgar Car Park
Spring Gardens, SW1A 2BN

The Churchill War Rooms is within the London Congestion Charge zone. The daily Congestion Charge rate is £10.00. Please visit the Transport for

Facilities

Audio Guides

The audio guide provides insight into Churchill’s Cabinet War Rooms. Featuring highlights for this historic setting, it provides insight into Churchill’s life and the decisions he made which changed the course of history. Audio guides are included in your admission price and you can choose between a variety of languages, (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Hebrew and Mandarin), a family guide and a descriptive guide for visitors with visual impairment.

Luggage

Regrettably we have no cloakroom and as our corridors are narrow we ask visitors not to bring in rucksacks or other large items, such as suitcases.

Eating and Drinking

The Switch Room Café is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Hot food is served until 3pm.

Toilets

Accessible toilets are available.

Shopping at Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms’s shop provides a wide range of books, CDs, DVDs, clothing and accessories, posters and stationery, souvenirs and gift ideas.

For our younger visitors we have an exciting range of games, toys and souvenirs as well as a selection of children’s books. There are also educational resource materials and children’s activity books on sale.

Accessibility

We are committed to ensuring Churchill War Rooms is accessible to as many visitors as possible.
If you have mobility issues we recommend you make your way to our front entrance via Birdcage Walk by St James Park. Once inside, the historic Churchill War Rooms is wheelchair accessible throughout.

We hope the facilities we have introduced enhance your visit. These include:

  • A lift to the basement level.
  • Mobility accessible toilets.
  • Two wheelchairs are available on site for people that may need assistance during their visit.
  • Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome.
  • For the hearing impaired, an earpiece is available for the hand-held audio guide, or you can have a copy of the sound guide transcript.

All of our Front of House staff receive training in disability awareness. If you have any queries or would like to discuss any access issues please call 020 7766 0120 or ask a member of staff. We will be more than happy to help you.

If you have any feedback we would love to hear from you. You can leave comments at our Reception Desk on your day of visit or email us atcontact@iwm.org.uk.

Eating and Drinking

The fully licensed Switch Room Café is a great place to relax and enjoy traditionally British food & drink during a visit to the Churchill War Rooms.

A delicious range of dishes cooked on site by our in house chefs using fresh, seasonal ingredients. The daily menu includes British classics, fresh sandwiches and home baked cakes.

Our Baristas will make you a great fair-trade coffee using a traditional espresso machine or choose from a selection of teas and soft drinks.
The Switch Room Café is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Hot food is served until 3pm.

Opening Hours

We are open daily from 9.30am – 6pm
Last admission is at 5pm
We are closed on 24, 25 and 26 December
Very occasionally, we may need to close early or unexpectedly. Check our latest closure information and calendar before setting out.

Contact us on 020 7930 6961 or email cwr@iwm.org.uk.
International callers can contact us on +44 (0)20 7930 6961.
You can contact us by textphone on 020 7839 4906 if you have hearing difficulties.

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