Wartime London - Small Group Experiences86-86
Discover the devastating effect the Second World War had on the city of London as your Evan Evans Expert Guide brings the story of this chapter in British history to life over 75 years later. Visit the most important wartime headquarters used by the Allies, see evidence of bomb damage, surviving signs locating life-saving air raid shelters, and the monuments and statues dedicated to our wartime heroes.
- Meeting Point
The Original London Visitors Centre
Your Guide will be waiting to greet you at The Original London Visitors Centre, located on Cockspur Street near to Trafalgar Square. The Original London Visitors Centre is around a 10-minute walk from either Piccadilly Circus Underground Station (serviced by the Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines) or Charing Cross Station (serviced by National Rail, Bakerloo and Northern Lines).
- Visit Wartime Headquarters
From 1939 to 1945 Britain fought for its very survival against the might of the German war machine. Enraged by the air superiority of the Royal Air Force at the Battle of Britain and Britain’s stubborn refusal to surrender, Hitler vowed to destroy London and the spirit of its people ahead of a planned invasion.
See the wartime headquarters from where the Allied leaders coordinated the resistance, including Eisenhower’s Supreme Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), General Sikorski’s London base, and many more.
Britain was to be bombed into submission, and over the course of 76 consecutive nights between September and November 1940 a third of the city was destroyed, while tens of thousands lost their lives.
See visible signs of bomb damage from the war and visit the remains of at least one church that was destroyed during the blitz and left as a testament to the devastation.
- Explore Important Historical Sites
See the building where ‘Operation Overlord’ wad planned, including the Allied landings on D-Day – the largest air, naval and land operation in history. You’ll also see where Sir Winston Churchill delivered his victorious VE Day speech and the sites where, almost 6 years earlier, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain broadcasted the British declaration of war.
- See Monuments & Statues
Pass through Parliament Square en-route to Whitehall, where along the way you’ll see the statues dedicated to notable Allied figures including Churchill, Eisenhower, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Sir Arthur “Bomber” Harris, as well as several monuments dedicated the Battle of Britain, Women of WWII and the Cenotaph- the site of Britain’s national war memorial.
- End Point
The Original London Visitors Centre
Your Tour will conclude at The Original London Visitors Centre, located on Cockspur Street near to Trafalgar Square. The Original London Visitors Centre is around a 10-minute walk from either Piccadilly Circus Underground Station (serviced by the Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines) or Charing Cross Station (serviced by National Rail, Bakerloo and Northern Lines).
- Meeting Point and time: 8:45 am at the Original London Visitor Centre. Please wait just inside the door on the left-hand side
- Departure time: 9:00 am. We are unfortunately unable to wait for latecomers and there is no opportunity to join the tour at a later point
- Finishing time and endpoint: The tour will end at approximately 12:00 pm (noon) at The Original London Visitor Centre (traffic dependent)
- Please note - From the 1st April 2020, the drop-off location for this tour will be at Victoria Train Station, London
- Compare wartime photos of key landmarks with their modern day appearance
- Listen to original news broadcasts from the day
- Feel the atmosphere of the 1940s with a vintage music soundtrack
- Discover important wartime headquarters
- See evidence of bomb damage sustained from the Blitz
- A maximum of 16 guests on this Experience