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Top World War II History Sites in London

Top World War II History Sites in London

Having survived two world wars, London is a city steeped in military history. Visitors hoping to learn more about wartime Britain will find fascinating WWII sites right in the capital—and here are our picks for the most interesting ones.

Imperial War Museum London

The pièce de résistance of England’s wartime treasures, the Imperial War Museum (IWM) London is devoted to telling the wartime stories of British soldiers, the Royal Air Force, and UK citizens, and to educating younger generations on the Great Wars. The vast permanent collection of war memorabilia includes a re-created World War I bunker and exhibits on both world wars.

Churchill War Rooms

Part of the Imperial War Museums, the original Churchill War Rooms explore the workings of the UK’s WWII-era government. The rooms were home to Britain’s government during the Blitz (1940 and 1941) and include the Cabinet War Room, where Winston Churchill once declared, “This is the room from which I will direct the war.” Today the museum—a maze of rooms hidden deep underground—explores the life and legacy of Churchill, and includes stories, speeches, photos, and documents that serve to bring to life the secret history of Britain at war.

HMS Belfast

This mighty World War II warship, moored on the south side of the Thames since 1971 and now part of the IWM, contains nine decks of exhibits and restored living and working quarters. Visitors can explore onboard the HMS Belfast, climb the sailor’s ladders, peek into the operations and engine rooms, and learn about life at war and at sea from WWII to 1963.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

The magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral is not only an architectural masterpiece and one of London’s most memorable landmarks, but it was also a symbol of hope during WWII, when it famously survived the Blitz. Also of note is the American Memorial Chapel, paid for entirely by public donations and displaying a Roll of Honour containing the names of over 28,000 Americans who gave their lives during the Second World War.

Winston Churchill’s Britain at War Experience

An interactive re-creation of Britain at war during the Blitz, this museum offers unique insight into British history and life in the war. Visitors have the chance to experience what it was like in an air-raid shelter, listen to wartime news via the underground cinema or the BBC radio studio, learn about life on the home front, and even dress up in wartime clothing.

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Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and River Cruise

Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and River Cruise

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See the best of London without the stress of rigid tour times and massive crowds on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your flexible pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a comfortable sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your pass offers multiple route options with stops at main attractions like Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and more. Bonus features include a free city walking tour, a Thames River cruise, and local discounts.
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  • 2 hours
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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Access to Over 80 Attractions

London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Access to Over 80 Attractions

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Discover London’s top sights for one low price with the London Pass®. Choose from a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, or 10-day sightseeing credits package, and enjoy access to your London Pass straight from your mobile. Simply show it at the gate or ticket office to gain entrance to more than 80 attractions including Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, and the "View from the Shard." You also benefit from skip-the-line access at some of the city's top attractions like the London Zoo. Your pass also includes a hop-on hop-off bus tour, a Thames River cruise, a free guidebook packed with useful information, and valuable shopping and dining discounts. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 10 days
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Historical London Walking Tour in Westminster & Entry to Churchill War Rooms

Historical London Walking Tour in Westminster & Entry to Churchill War Rooms

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Immerse yourself in the rich history of World War II on an enriching and emotionally stirring tour of London Westminster with a knowledgeable guide. Descend to the subterranean Churchill War Rooms, an underground network of bunkers that functioned as wartime offices, and enrich your knowledge of British history with commentary that covers little known facts. As you explore, see iconic London sights like the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and delve into the life and work of former British prime minister, Winston Churchill.
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Private Tour: Discovering the British Museum

Private Tour: Discovering the British Museum

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Visit the British Museum on this private tour. With your own art historian guide, explore the British Museum, one of the world’s greatest historical treasure troves, as you wish. As British Museum tours go, it’s ideal for getting a personalized perspective on the collections and highlights such as the Parthenon sculptures.
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  • 3 hours
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Wartime London small group tour

Wartime London small group tour

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If you’re interested in the history of World War II then look no further than this wartime tour of London, which proves the ideal choice for history buffs. In a small group that ensures you receive personalized attention, you’ll visit top London attractions such as Whitehall and Parliament Square, and learn about their significance to WWII.
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British Museum & London City Center Westminster Guided Tour - Private Tour

British Museum & London City Center Westminster Guided Tour - Private Tour

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History buffs will be delighted by this historical tour of London, including the highlights of the British Museum. Alongside your private guide, witness a Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, and see iconic landmarks such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Ensure you don’t miss the best of the British Museum on a guided tour of its 8 million-strong collection of artifacts. Private tour ensures undivided attention and the opportunity to customize your itinerary.   
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Spy & Espionage Tour of London

Small-Group Spy & Espionage Tour of London

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From James Bond’s favorite haunts to real-life locations used by MI6, this tour will introduce you to parts of London that most other visitors (and even locals) miss. Meet your guide in Central London, and set off with just a small group for company. You’ll learn about the city’s sordid history of espionage, will discover important landmarks hidden in plain sight, and will round out the tour with a bracing vodka martini.
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  • 3 hours
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