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The smell of history.

How do you do, ladies and gentlemen!

Today – about the Churchill War Rooms. The underground bunker of Winston Churchill during WWII, in which he lived and worked at the helm of Britain’s tough, valiant and victorious war effort.

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Many rooms were closed, but we managed to get into the meeting room. It was here where Churchill smoked his favorite Romeo y Julieta No. 5s, and infamously – heroically! – drank his preferred champagne and Armenian brandy! Btw, there’s still a distinct smell of cigar tobacco in the room. The smell of history…

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It was in this chair where he commanded his armies and listened to the latest war reports. The arms of the chair are a little scratched and torn – they say that he would scrape them with his rings when he was particularly vexed.

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The Map Room – in which hung the “Map of Everything” of what was going on in the war and particularly the Allies’ positions. The most secret of secret rooms.

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In all, a really interesting place, dripping with significant 20th century history. A must-see if ever there was one in foggy London :).

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The Battersea Power Station. But no pig. Eh? :)

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A few more pix – here.

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