Between 1939 and 1945, Britain fought for its very survival against the might of the German war machine, but there was one city in particular that took the brunt of the German attacks: London. The story of wartime London is one of devastation, panic, destruction underlined by the striking resilience of the British people.
For the first time, Evan Evans is helping you to explore London’s greatest wartime monuments and deepest scars left by the wars of the 20th century.
You’ll visit the places where the futures of millions of lives were decided, where Britain’s greatest heroes are celebrated and where some of the most memorable public moments of the twentieth century played out. Our expert tour guides will give you unique insight into each location, taking you beneath the curtain to discover the untold stories of Wartime London.
Explore this fascinating, terrifying and thought-provoking period in history with Evan Evans.
Churchill’s Cabinet War Rooms
This innocuous looking bunker was the nerve centre from which the world’s largest and most tragic war was directed. From here, Britain’s leaders planned the downfall of the Nazi regime and led the world to victory against the Axis forces. Experience the fear and triumph of Britain’s most remarkable moments.
Monument to the women of World War Two
It takes only one soldier to fight a war, but it takes an entire country to win one. The women of Britain worked, struggled and died alongside their enlisted compatriots and this monument commemorates their sacrifices. Built in 1997, this uniquely beautiful statue stands proudly in front of Downing Street, Westminster.
Charles de Gaulle’s London HQ
“I, General de Gaulle, now in London, call on all French officers and men who are at present on British soil, or may be in the future, with or without their arms…to get in touch with me.”
These history-making words were broadcast by the General from his temporary residence in Curzon Square. It was the clarion call for resistance fighters in France to muster against the Nazis and resulted in de Gaulle himself becoming the leader of the Free French Forces. Without the help of resistance fighters in France, the war could have gone very differently for the Allies.
Monument to the Battle of Britain
“The Battle of France is over. The Battle of Britain is about to begin.”
After the Axis forces’ invasion of France, there were few countries left in Europe with enough military might to stand up to the Nazis. Hitler knew that Britain represented the last bastion of armed resistance on the continent and set his sights on conquering it by air. Fortunately, the brave men and women of the Royal Air Service had other ideas. This monument celebrates their legacy and the sacrifices they made to their country.
Statue of Churchill
Standing tall and proud in Parliament Square is the singular monument to World War Two’s most famous Allied hero. Unveiled in 1973, Churchill picked out the spot for this statue himself back in the 1950s. Ever since, it has looked overlooked the Houses of Parliament and the British Democracy that the man himself protected.
If you’d like to explore these fascinating locations for yourself, you can buy tickets for the Wartime London Tour direct on the Evan Evans website. Check out the tour page to find out everything it has to offer.