Churchill's war rooms is yet another chilling and excellent reminder of WWII. An FYI, Google maps on my Android phone had us walking all over the place to get from the Westminster underground station to the war rooms but it's actually very close and easy to get to. Just exit the station that faces Big Ben and turn right, cross the street and turn right again then left onto a kind of wide alley that ends in stairs. St. James's park will be straight ahead across the street. Down the stairs on the left is the small entrance to Churchill's war rooms.
There is a security check at the entrance, then it's downstairs into the labyrinth of rooms with your audio guide, included in your ticket price. There are washrooms very close by the ticket booths, just to the left.
When we entered it was near 5:30pm and there was not a big crowd of people inside. We even got to sit a couple of times in areas. There is a cafe next to the electrical room which had bagels, coffee, tea etc.
The points of interest are well marked with posters and everything that the audio guide has a recording for is numbered with a yellow square with a play symbol and a number in black. I found it best to follow the numbered stops in order because sometimes the audio guide would mention the next stop. We saw some people who had booked a guided tour and they were getting inside places we could not.
Basically, the tour is all about seeing the rooms and hearing about their purposes. There is an audio broadcast of one of Churchill's famous speeches near the end of the tour. All of the rooms are restored to original condition and they have done a great job.
The gift shop is a good one, with a lot of books, clothing, unique posters and war-era replicas. One of the better gift shops I've been to.
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