It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
Winston Churchill is one of those larger-than-life historical figures. I stepped back into another era by visiting the Churchill War Rooms located in Westminster. This is the secure underground location where the War Cabinet met during World War II to plan out Britain’s war strategy. When the war ended in August 1945, these rooms were simply locked up. Everything was left behind as it was.
In 1948, Parliament recognized that these rooms needed preservation, but they weren’t opened to the public until 1984. Today they also include a state-of-the-art interactive museum about the life of Churchill. It is easy to spend several hours here exploring the life of this complex man.
Visitors can see the map room, where large maps were marked with the locations of ships and troops. The Cabinet room is where top officials of the government met during the war. You also can see the bedrooms set up for Churchill and his family, although he didn’t sleep there much except for the occasional nap, and the top secret room where Churchill had a direct telephone connection to Roosevelt.
This video clip gives a glimpse into the Churchill War Rooms.