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London played an important role in nearly every aspect of the Second World War. The city was host to several governments in exile and was an important centre for the planning of the Allied war efforts. London was bombed during the Blitz and later on it was hit by V1 and V2 rockets. Nonetheless the population of London remained defiant until the victory over Nazi Germany was achieved. Historic sites can be visited in the London area and in Hampshire that contribute to a better understanding of London’s role in the war and pay tribute to the victims.
Arrive in London.Day 2
Start with a visit to the Imperial War Museum London where you can discover impressive exhibits covering both world wars.Day 3
Travel to Southsea, Hampshire to visit the SHAEF HQ at Southwick House, where many famous WWII battles were planned, including the Normandy invasion (D-Day). While there, visit The D-Day Story in Portsmouth, a museum that commemorates the events of the campaign to liberate Europe from the German forces at the end of the war. Then return to London.Day 4
Check out the Churchill’s Cabinet War Rooms in London, which were key places in the planning of Allied forces from 1940 onwards. Experience a sightseeing tour on the Thames River at the floating museum of HMS Belfast. Originally a Royal Navy light cruiser, the museum now tells the personal stories of the crew who lived and served on board during the Second World War.Day 5
Make your way across Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, the top secret home of the Codebreakers during World War II. Explore the grounds and historic buildings of the Park and discover exhibitions presenting the history of the site.