London, day 4 (last day!)–Churchill War Rooms

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Map room

The “typical” London weather began as we awoke to our last morning in London–slightly overcast skies, light drizzle, and a mild damp chill. We packed up our belongings before heading out for a quick breakfast at Eat., which is a London fast-casual place. Two flat whites and a couple of breakfast sandwiches later, we walked over to the Churchill War Rooms, about 10 minutes from our hotel.

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Winston Churchill on the phone (obviously a wax figure)

The underground bunker is where Churchill and the rest of the Cabinet members strategized during World War II. The rooms have been restored to historical accuracy and it is worth seeing how Churchill led Great Britain through wartime. My husband is a history buff, so he enjoyed that aspect while I was fascinated by the way people lived during that period of history. The entry is fairly costly (£18 per adult) for a self-guided tour but it is an unparalleled piece of history that is very interesting to see.

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Bangers and mash and a pint–good last meal in London (even though it was airport food!)

After spending about 1 1/2 hours in the War Rooms, we walked back to the hotel and checked out. Our plane to Rome was out of Gatwick, so we walked back to Victoria Station to catch the Gatwick Express back to the airport. We arrived with plenty of time to spare, so we grabbed lunch at The Flying Horse, a pub in the airport. We caught our flight to Rome and said farewell to London. We’ll definitely be back soon!

Coming up: First night in Rome!

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