Welcome to London! Your Guide to London.
The All About London Team has lived and worked in London for many years. We have detailed knowledge of London, feel free to ask us about Places to visit, places to stay and things to do. London Tours, Attractions, Hotels, Accommodation, Events, Theatre, Shows and Places to eat.
Churchill also used the bedroom as an office before and after meetings with the War Cabinet.
If you have ever seen Churchill’s wartime bedroom, you may have noticed that the walls are covered in various maps.
These maps showed Britain’s main coastal and defence installations, as well as possible landing sites for a German invasion – the Prime Minister’s chief concern in the darkest days of 1940.
As many of these were confidential, heavy curtains were hung, which could be pulled over to hide them if Churchill was entertaining visitors who didn’t have that level of security clearance.
Most notably, this room was used to deliver four major speeches during the Second World War.
One on 11 September 1940, encouraging Britons to prepare for a German invasion. Another on 21 October 1940 to the French Empire.
The third was a speech to the people of Italy on 23 December 1940. And the last was a response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on 8 December 1941.
Possibly some of Churchill’s best wartime thoughts could have come to him in that room. While he only delivered four speeches from his bedroom, he dictated many more from there.
He could often be found dictating his next speech to his secretary from the comfort of his bed.
The Prime Minister’s Private Secretary, John Colville recalls:
“I remember vividly going into his bedroom … just when Neville Chamberlain died and he was dictating to Mrs Hill, one of his personal secretaries, a very moving speech which he made the next day in the House of Commons.
… lying flat on his bed looking, I think, not totally proper, because he did rather forget who was in the room… He dictated quite a lot from that room – quite a lot of speeches – because he liked to lie in bed and dictate.”