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London WWII Tours?

We are visiting London for the first time in March and my partner is a WWII buff. Is there a WWII tour or a tour company that offers something related to WWII?

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1. Re: London WWII Tours?

There are so many things you can do that are related to World War II in London--and you probably won't even need a guide in most cases.

--Visit the Chruchill War Rooms

www.iwm.org.uk/visits/churchill-war-rooms

In fact, I would precede this by a walking tour called "Westminster at War" given by London Walks. The tour ends at the Churchill War Rooms and the guide will sell you discounted tickets.

You might enjoy the National Army Museum in Chelsea.

http://www.nam.ac.uk/

It is too bad you will miss out on the Imperial War Museum, which isn't slated to open completely until summer of 2014.

I would also highly recommend a day trip to Dover Castle, and a tour through the secret wartime tunnels.

english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/…

St. Paul's Cathedral has an American Chapel within it that lists the names of men and women who lost their lives during World War II.

HMS Belfast is another great visit.

http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfast

If you enjoy aircraft, you'll have to get over to the IWM at Duxford

http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford

A good search in the London forum will doubtless turn up more possibilities.

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2. Re: London WWII Tours?

Nearly forgot the London Walks website...

http://www.walks.com/

There's another walk that may interest you--the Blitz.

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3. Re: London WWII Tours?

A couple of other World War II destinations to consider are the RAF Museum in London: http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/

and Biggin Hill Heritage Centre: londonunveiled.com/2013/06/20/bigginhill/ The latter may or may not have events going on when you are there but if you get the opportunity to see the Spitfires flying it is well worth it. Also the RAF Chapel at Biggin Hill has a lot of memorabilia.

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4. Re: London WWII Tours?

Also worth considering is the new Bentley Priory Battle of Britain Trust Museum (so new it isn't actually open yet!) at Bentley Priory in Stanmore.

http://www.bentleypriory.org/

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5. Re: London WWII Tours?

As well as the Imperial war museum at Duxford for which you already have a link, if you are out that way you could call into Cambridge where there is an American cemetery and memorial for those killed in the war www.abmc.gov/cemeteries/cemeteries/ca.php

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6. Re: London WWII Tours?

Another option:

http://www.blitzwalkers.co.uk/

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9. Re: London WWII Tours?

Although the Imperial War Museum is largely closed, one of the bits that is still open is the fascinating exhibition about a London family during the Blitz. Only small, but really interesting - and as the IWM is free, it's well worth going to. The Holocaust section is also still open. And the gift shop has a wonderful selection of books & souvenirs.

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10. Re: London WWII Tours?

You might want to visit Bushy Park where Eisenhower headquartered for Operation Overlord:

royalparks.org.uk/press/factsheets-on-the-ro…

and not in London but worth a visit is Bletchley Park (centre of WW2 code breaking):

http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/content/hist/