Cabinet War Rooms

Located on the edge of St. James Park in the basement of the Office of Public Works (now the Treasury Building), the Cabinet War Rooms became fully operational in 1939 with the outbreak of World War Two.

Shortly after becoming Prime Minister in May 1940, Winston Churchill visited the rooms to see what preparations had been made to allow him and his War Cabinet to continue working during the anticipated air raids on London.  It was here that he announced 'This is the room from which I will direct the war'.

Churchill attached such importance to the Map Room that his own room is to be found immediately next to it, with an adjoining door. Here he had his bed, together with a desk and meeting area.  Mrs. Churchill’s rooms are nearby – including a kitchen.

After VJ day, the Map Room, and all the other underground rooms were left exactly as they were when the doors were closed for the final time. Visitors today will see it the way it was left in August 1945, down to the placement of each book and map pin in the Map Room.  Facinating! 

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