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|Going Underground for Churchill's Private Life
- Cabinet War Rooms expand to include PM's bedrooms
WINSTON CHURCHILL'S private wartime underground quarters are to go on public display for the first time after a UKP7.5 million renovation.
The Cabinet War Rooms have long been one of London's most fascinating slices of time-travel tourism, but until now visitors were not able to see Churchill's private bedrooms, kitchen and dining room.
Britain's leader throughout the Second World War spent a lot of time in the underground bunker complex in Whitehall where he held regular meetings with senior staff. Strategy maps, electronic equipment and original furniture can all be seen pretty much as they were when Churchill and senior staff planned the defeat of the Nazis.
After the renovation of the private quarters, the War Rooms will be further expanded to include a UKP5 million museum, due to open in 2005, 60 years after VE Day.