Darkest Hour – London at War – NEW TOUR
Includes Churchill War Rooms and Chartwell
If you have recently seen the film, Darkest Hour, a thrilling and inspiring true story with Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, who within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.
This is your chance to learn more about this turbulent time in the UK’s history as well as the life and times of Winston Churchill himself, with a visit to the Churchill War Rooms, the story of Winston Churchill’s remarkable 90-year life, his military career and life in the underground Bunker. Then discover another side of Winston Churchill at Chartwell, his beloved home set in the beautiful rolling hills of Kent. The house is exactly as Churchill left it and much of the gardens are as he arranged them. Many of his painting are on display in a gallery on the estate.
Available on request throughout 2019
Churchill War Rooms
Arrive in London early afternoon, and your first stop will be Westminster, and a visit to the Churchill War Rooms including the secret WW2 bunker and museum which chronicles the great leader’s 90 year life and legacy.
Discover the stories hidden beneath the streets of Westminster in the Cabinet War Rooms. Explore the underground bunker that protected the staff and secrets at the heart of Britain’s government during the Second World War as Churchill and his inner circle plotted the route to allied victory.
The rest of the evening will be at your leisure – a group meal can be arranged in a hotel or restaurant, alternatively maybe a visit to the theatre or a dinner cruise on the Thames, or maybe an evening at the Medieval Banquet? Please contact us for suggestions and prices.
Less than an hours drive from Central London, nestling in the rolling Kent Countryside is Chartwell.
The Churchill family loved Chartwell. It was a home and a place that truly inspired Sir Winston. The house is still much as it was when the family lived here – pictures, books and personal mementoes evoking the career and wide-ranging interests of this influential family. The studio is home to the largest single collection of Churchill’s paintings.
Sir Winston Churchill’s garden at Chartwell has a fine site and a calm dignified air. The style is Arts and Crafts, with a grass terrace in front of the house, a walled garden to one side and an ‘informal’ area on the other. It was designed by Sir Winston and Lady Churchill, with the Malborough Pavilion designed by Philip Tilden. Sir Winston built the garden walls and a summerhouse himself. We can arrange a garden tour with a local guide (supplement on request), and private guided tours of the house are also available on a Monday morning during selected months (please enquire for details). There is a restaurant and shop on site.
Please note entrance to the House is by timed entrance ticket. Holidays, Saturdays and Bank Holiday weekends are particularly busy, and availability may be limited.
Return to London during the afternoon with the evening at your leisure. A group meal can be arranged in your hotel or in a restaurant.
St Pauls Cathedral (Optional Visit) and return home
After breakfast in the hotel, we suggest a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral (supplement from £14 per person). St Paul’s was the setting for Winston Churchill’s funeral in January 1965.
Today Churchill is commemorated in St Paul’s by a bronze memorial plaque designed by John Skelton and set before the Quire steps which reads “The catafalque of Sir Winston Churchill stood here at his state funeral on 30 January 1965” and The Winston Churchill Memorial Screen, commissioned by the Cathedral Chapter and designed and made by the blacksmith James Horrobin in 2004, located in the crypt where it forms a line with the final resting places of Nelson and Wellington.
We offer a wide selection of 3 and 4-star hotels across both Central London and on the outskirts of London for this tour including hotels in London Docklands. English breakfast will be served in all hotels, and details of nearest coach parking is available on request.
|3 days (2 nights)|
|2019 dates||from £149.00 per person|
The tour is available between March and October.
Single room supplements apply.