Westminster at War

  1:45 pm - 3:45 pm

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Let’s start with a few salient facts…

1) Where we meet – if you know how and where to look – you can see the dagger that was plunged into the heart of Nazi Germany. 2) Until the middle of 1944 there were more British civilian deaths than military. 3) Europe, like a prison door, had clanged shut – this country stood alone and at bay in guarding the future of the civilised world.

And Westminster?

The nerve-centre of the entire war, it was a city transformed: sandbagged tombs in the Abbey (ditto Eros in Piccadilly Circus); a pillbox and barbed wire in Parliament Square; a machine-gun nest on the Members’ Terrace; bombers caught in the scissors of searchlights; barrage balloons and air-raid shelters; nights out of the Revelation of St. John – fires that turned the moon blood red and canopied the Thames with smoke. Any of that left?

Well, more than you’d think. And in some cases it’s not just “trace evidence.” That history is writ here in stone.

We end at the Cabinet War Rooms, the fortified bunker that housed Winston Churchill’s centre of operations during the war.

Cost: £15

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2021-05-23 13:45 2021-05-23 13:45 Europe/London Westminster at War A guided walk around Westminster ending at the Cabinet War rooms looking at the area's WW2 history. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2021/05/23/westminster-at-war-241539 Embankment tube station (riverside exit),Villiers Street,London,

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