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Churchill War Rooms led by John Wingham

On 22nd May group of 13  Members and Partners met at Brockenhurst Station for the 8.40 train to London. The plan was to spend the day in London with most returning on the 17.35 in the evening.

On arrival at Waterloo we caught a bus to the stop closest to the War rooms. We experienced an in detail reconstruction of the war rooms as they were used in the darkest days of the war. Rooms with maps where the war was being fought, where Churchill and his generals slept, and lots of documents and photos bringing it all to life. The array of the old phones and Churchill's phone that was connected to Roosevelt were all on display. It was a reminder of how dark the first years of the war were. In fact watching the film ‘Our Darkest Hour ‘ really helped to put it all into perspective.

Then some of us went to the Red Lion pub at the other end of the street for lunch. After that some of us went by Uber boat to The Battersea Power Station. This is an amazing renovation of the power Station with a lift in one chimney called 109 that takes you to the top of the tower. Unfortunaely it was raining for our trip to the top but on a sunny day the views would be spectacular.

We all met up back at Waterloo for the trip home. It was a trip of discovery and surprises. Thank you to John Wingham for organising it, getting us all there and back safely.

The pictures show us waiting to enter the war rooms, waiting for the Uber Water Taxi, Going past Parliament, Outside Battersea Power Station, Emerging out of the Chimney and Views from the top.

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