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Join us for our Churchill Tour of London. Learn about Britain's greatest Britain (as voted for by the British public in 2002) and how he led Britain and its empire to victory over the evils of fascism.

Not only will you explore locations linked to Sir Winston Churchill, including his childhood home, you will also get to visit some of the finest shopping areas in London, Green Park which is home to some unusual wildlife, and several areas linked to royalty.

Finishing at the Imperial War Museum's Churchill War Rooms (entry not included) the tour is for everyone from people curious about Britain's greatest war-time Prime Minister to people who are well versed in Churchillian history.

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Itinerary
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Pass By: Bolton Street, Bolton St, London W1J, UK

Bolton Street was home to Churchill's first 'bachelor pad' which, upon his marriage to Clementine became their first family home. Known for having toy soldier's loitering around the place, a library stocked with £6,000 worth of books and a bedroom which was decorated in his mother's taste, Churchill's home life started here. Whilst still in private ownership, the exterior views of Churchill's old home gives us the chance to discuss Churchill as a young man, as a new husband, and his relationship with his mother and his wife, both of which could be difficult yet loving.

Stop At: Berkeley Square Gardens, London W1J 5AR England

Churchill's marriage to his wife Clementine has often been seen as loving, stable, and faithful. However recent tapes unearthed at Churchill College Cambridge shed some doubt onto this view of their relationship. Was Winston having an affair with the woman dubbed 'The Mistress of Mayfair'? Did she, as some suspect, have plans to blackmail Churchill during the countries darkest hour? Uncover all, including the rumours and gossip that surrounded Churchill and his mistress, outside the address where she lived, and where Churchill regularly met her.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Churchill And Roosevelt Allies Sculpture, New Bond Street, London W1S 4JU England

This iconic statue of the two great wartime leaders was designed to capture their intimate friendship. Sat on a bench and chatting happily this statue was unveiled by Princess Margaret in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Now a popular tourist attraction, this is the perfect place to stop, take a photo, and chat about the great men, their friendship, their differences, and some of outrageous stories that surround them both.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Burlington Arcade, 51 Piccadilly, London W1J 0QJ England

We will walk down the prestigious Burling Arcade (if open) and discuss the role of the jewellers Hancocks in the creation of the Victoria Cross. We will also discuss the 181 recipients of the VC during the Second World War, including Captain Charles Upham the only man during the war to receive the highest medal for 'valour in the presence of the enemy' twice!

Stop At: James J. Fox & Robert Lewis, 19 St. James's Street, London SW1A 1ES England

Here clients can see where Sir Winston purchased his cigars and visit the James J Fox museum (not available on Sundays or Bank Holidays) which contains a selection of artefacts linked to Sir Winston Churchill's smoking habits.

This is also an opportunity to purchase, should you wish, some of the finest cigars in the country.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Lock & Co. Hatters, London England

See one of the finest hatters in the land and learn its links to Sir Winston.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Berry Bros. & Rudd, 3 St. James's Street, London SW1A 1EG England

Visit the shop which sells Sir Winston's favourite type of Champagne and, if you wish, purchase a bottle to take home with you. (Not available on Sundays due to the shops opening hours).

Outside Berry Bros & Rudd your guide will also tell you about Sir Winston's infamous drinking habits, including asking for a glass of white wine for breakfast throughout the Second World War whilst the milk for his tea was rationed.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: St. James's Palace, Marlborough Rd, St. James's, London SW1A 1BS England

St Jame's Palace is where Churchill's parents lived during his childhood. It is possibly here (although no one can be certain) where Churchill's mother introduced the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII to his favourite cook Rosa Lewis, who famously chased the young Winston out of her Kicthen with a ladle! Whilst here you will have the chance to talk about Churchill's father Lord Randolph Churchill and how Winston's upbringing made him the man that we all recognise today.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Green Park, Piccadilly, London W1J 9EJ England

Green Park

Stop At: Buckingham Palace, Spur Road, London SW1A 1AA England

Stopping on the Mall you will learn about the relationship between Sir Winston Churchill and his relationships with the monarchy, including Edward VIII, whom he supported during the abduction crisis, George VI who he initially terrified, and Elizabeth II our current reigning monarch.

Whilst outside Buckingham Palace we will also discuss Churchill's plans for the royal family if the invasion of England had taken place, and give you the chance to grab as many photos as you would like.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Memorial, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AG England

Learn about how the King and Queen boosted morale during the war and how Churchill's difficult start with King George VI blossomed into one of the closest relationships that a British monarch has shared with a Prime Minister.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Charles De Gaulle Statue, Carlton Gardens, London SW1Y 5AD England

Learn about the free-French efforts during the war and why Churchill's orders to destroy the French fleet at Mers-el-Kébir were so important.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Admiralty Arch The Mall Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, London SW1A 2WH England

Sir Winston was First-Sea-Lord twice, firstly between 1911 and 1915 where he oversaw massive changes to the way the Navy was run. Given Britain's naval might, he ordered that for every ship Germany made, Britain would make two! Finally ousted from the Admiralty in 1915 due to political manoeuvring from the conservatives, Churchill's time at the Admiralty had changed the way war was fought - Churchill's admiralty had developed the world's first Tank!

When Churchill returned to the Admiralty at the outset of the Second World War the British signalled the Royal Navy with the message "Winston is back!" much to the delight of sailors young and old.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Whitehall, Government London, London SW1A 2BX England

As your guide walks you down Whitehall, the home of the British government, your guide will point out the government ministries in which Winston Churchill worked during his illustrious political career.

We will stop outside Downing Street where your guide will explain the key moments of Churchill's two terms as Prime Minister, his role as the leader of the opposition between 1945 and 1951, and how Churchill's shadow still looms large over British politicians today.

Our final stop on Whitehall will be outside the building where Churchill addressed the crowds on VE day, where your guide will explain how the greatest Britain managed to lose the first election after the war.

Stop At: Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3BD England

See one of the many statues of Sir Winston Churchill and learn about his role in the reconstruction of the Houses of Parliament after the Second World War. You will also discover how Churchill was honoured with having his coffin lay in state at Westminster Hall, why his memorial was at St Paul's Cathedral and not Westminster Abbey, and why his statue faces Westminster and not into the Square.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Churchill War Rooms, King Charles Street, Clive Steps Westminster, London SW1A 2AQ England

Our final stop will be the Churchill War Rooms where you can queue to go inside. We advise that if you are planning to visit the War Rooms after the tour that you book tickets in advance for 3 hours after the start time of the tour.

Duration: 2 hours

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Guide fees


Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Buckingham Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Churchill War Rooms


Departure Point
Green Park Station, Piccadilly, London W1J 9DZ, UK

Traveler pickup is offered
We can pick clients up from any central London location.



Departure Time
Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 9/16/2019 - 6/27/2022
Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 04:00 PM


Duration
3 hours

Return Details
Churchill War Rooms, Clive Steps, King Charles St, London SW1A 2AQ, UK


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