Welcome to the WWII Forums! Log in or Sign up to interact with the community.

Going to London... any must see sites I'm missing?

Discussion in 'WWII General' started by Henry G, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. Henry G

    Henry G Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2006
    Messages:
    47
    Likes Received:
    3
    I'm going to be in London for 2-3 days in about a week. I'm hoping to make some time to checkout some of the WW2 sites while I'm there. This is my first time to anywhere in Europe so I'm excited.

    What I'm planning to see so far is:

    -RAF Museum (north of London)
    -Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms
    -Imperial War Museum

    I'm hoping to find some lesser known things to see. I'm sure most, if not all, damage has been since repaired. Anything else I should add?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. von Poop

    von Poop Waspish

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2006
    Messages:
    6,250
    Likes Received:
    1,879
    Location:
    Perfidious Albion
    Good choices for a quick visit mate.
    If and when you inevitably find yourself in Horseguards (The cabinet war rooms are very nearby), glance around the parade ground at the large incongruous concrete structure almost completely covered in Ivy & attached to the left of the Admiralty.
    This is one of the 'citadels', constructed as strong-points during the war, and if necessary envisioned as the last points of armed resistance if invasion came.
    [​IMG]
    You can't get in as it's still in use but it sometimes provides a chilling reminder of how great the threat was and how seriously it was taken.

    Hope you enjoy your visit!

    Cheers,
    Adam.
     
  3. syscom3

    syscom3 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2008
    Messages:
    1,240
    Likes Received:
    183
    I think there is a Battle of Britain memorial along the Thames near Parliament.
     
  4. T. A. Gardner

    T. A. Gardner Genuine Chief

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2003
    Messages:
    5,945
    Likes Received:
    765
    Location:
    Phoenix Arizona
    RAF Museum at Hendon
    There is also a science and technology museum over towards Heathrow Airport that has some neat stuff like original cavity magnetrons and such of interest from the WW 2 period.
     
  5. Firefoxy

    Firefoxy Dishonorably Discharged

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2008
    Messages:
    254
    Likes Received:
    3
    This is abit different to what the other member's had mentioned.
    I would go to the english coast side and have a look towards Germany.
    You can imagine for you're self seeing Germans navy and luffuwaffe prepairing for an invasion.Well i always thought of doing that.
    Just a suggestion for you. Have a great time in England!
    Cheers.
     
  6. fsbof

    fsbof Member

    Joined:
    May 14, 2005
    Messages:
    243
    Likes Received:
    15
    While you're at Hendon, be sure also to visit the Battle of Britain Museum - it's in a separate building near the RAF Museum.

    HMS Belfast is worth a visit, also gives you a different perspective of the city.
     
  7. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2002
    Messages:
    13,578
    Likes Received:
    1,487
    Location:
    London, England.
    As others have said, the RAF Museum at Hendon is really essential. It's easily accessible by Underground train ( Colindale station ) and I'd advise leaving yourself quite a bit of time. The IWM is of course very good.

    The last of the 'bomb-sites' in Central London were cleared and developed during the recent 'property boom' and the few which are left are well away from the normal tourist areas.

    HMS Belfast is a good suggestion and, again, easy to get to ( Tower Hill underground ). A thought - if you're interested in an obscure 'Blitz' site, walk to Stainer Street which is about 5 minutes from HMS Belfast. The street is a tunnel beneath London Bridge station. It was used as a shelter during the Blitz and in February 1941 a German bomb penetrated the tunnel roof. 68 people died. A 'blue plaque' on the wall at the far end commemorates the incident......
     
  8. hucks216

    hucks216 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2008
    Messages:
    428
    Likes Received:
    54
  9. Skipper

    Skipper Kommodore

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2006
    Messages:
    24,984
    Likes Received:
    2,385
    I recommend the HMS Belfast on the Thames near the Towerbridge

    [​IMG]
     
  10. TiredOldSoldier

    TiredOldSoldier Ace

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2008
    Messages:
    3,223
    Likes Received:
    452
    The IWM (Bedlam, Belfast and Duxford) is a must for any WW2 fan, but I have a a fond memory of the Army museum, it had a very friedly atmosphere with knowleadgable people willing to explain things to you.
    Last time I went to London the RAF museum had the advantage of being reachable by underground which Duxford was not, don't know if it's still true.

    National Army Museum
     
  11. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2002
    Messages:
    13,578
    Likes Received:
    1,487
    Location:
    London, England.
    Duxford is a fantastic place to visit at any time - but it is difficult to reach by public transport ; and if you do, you'll run out of time.

    For Duxford, you really need access to 'wheels'....:(
     
  12. bigfun

    bigfun Ace

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2007
    Messages:
    3,851
    Likes Received:
    217
    Location:
    Karlsruhe, Baden-Wurtemburg, Germany
    I would love to see some pics of wherever you visit!!n
    Have a great trip!!
     
  13. hucks216

    hucks216 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2008
    Messages:
    428
    Likes Received:
    54
    Duxford is a great place to visit and if you have the time to put a day aside then it is well worth a visit. If you don't have a car then to reach it by train go to London Kings Cross station and catch the fast train to Cambridge which takes about 55 minutes (usually depart London at quarter past and quarter to the hour). Right outside Cambridge station catch the number 7 bus and it will drop you right outside the entrance to the Duxford museum.
     
  14. wartourist

    wartourist Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2008
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    2
    Hi Henry,
    I went to London for the first time this spring (I'm a Dane) and I also only had 3 days. My experience is; do not overdo it, you will tire out (mentally) quicker than you anticipate! Better to come back then, London is a fantastic city and the Tube makes commuting ever so easy (buy a one-day ticket for some 5 Pounds).

    I only made it to the IWM, the "must-see" on my list. A recount and some photos can be found here: http://wartourist.eu/TWTNewsletter/TWTmagazine_200808_gb.pdf

    Another thing; I know this is a WW2 forum, but if you get the time, you should not leave out The Tower. History comes alive there!

    Have a really good trip, and yes; I would also like to see your photos :)

    Dan aka wartourist
     
  15. gtblackwell

    gtblackwell Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2006
    Messages:
    2,271
    Likes Received:
    676
    Location:
    Auburn, Alabama, US
    This may be too late and needs the help of some Londoners. Very near Russell Square and the British Museum, I forget the tube stop but across from one , is a concrete bunker structure right off the side walk. It was painted in colorful stripes orange and white, the last time I was there. It is the entry to a great underground labyrinth of tunnels used by the D-Day planners and the war in it's later stages. Some valuables were also stored there and papers still are. Interesting artifact of the war. Of course you cannot go in but I walked by it for years and thought it was part of the tube. They are probably too far but the tank museum at Bovington is a must , a WW2 destroyer is at Brighton and a V-1 at Dover Castle.
     
  16. texson66

    texson66 Ace

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2008
    Messages:
    3,095
    Likes Received:
    592
    Well, Henry G, its December. Any photo reconnaissance you care to share???
     
  17. ghost_of_war

    ghost_of_war Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2008
    Messages:
    624
    Likes Received:
    13
    Indeed - awaiting photos.....
     
  18. Henry G

    Henry G Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2006
    Messages:
    47
    Likes Received:
    3
    Well I'm back from the trip and like someone had mentioned it is easy to get overwhelmed there. I didn't see anywhere near the amount of stuff I had planned. Regardless I had a great time and look forward to my return trip. Even though it was Dec. the weather held up just fine and I loved every minute I was there.

    I did see the IMW and I could have spent all day there. They had a great Holocaust section that took you from the very beginning of Hilters rise to power to the end of the war. Very interesting stuff for even my girlfriend who is not into ww2 in general. She's a great girl so she puts up with all my ww2 talk. :D

    I'm a big mustang fan so I can't get enough of them. I loved the fact that it was hanging above any, and all other aircraft on display. :D

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Thanks for all the advise! I look forward to going back and seeing some of the places that were mentioned that I was unable to see. I also went to Scotland which was a blast. Edinburgh is a fantastic city to visit...even in winter.
     
    Stefan and ghost_of_war like this.
  19. ghost_of_war

    ghost_of_war Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2008
    Messages:
    624
    Likes Received:
    13
    That's awesome. Talk about the pilot being a multiple ace. Wow!
     
  20. Henry G

    Henry G Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2006
    Messages:
    47
    Likes Received:
    3
    Found it! You've got to admit it's a bit of an eye sore amongst all the other beautiful buildings in the area. :D

    Great find by the way!

    [​IMG]
     

Share This Page