Friday, 23 May 2014
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
This is the Art Deco frontage of Barkers of Kensington Department store which closed in 2006. Currently it is a whole food store but still looks as elegant today as it did when it was built in the late 19th C.
Just across the High Street is St Mary Abbotts church. The spire is 278 feet high and is the tallest parish church spire in London. The church stands where the original village of Kensington stood in the 8th C.
Monday, 19 May 2014
At the back of Whitehall is the entrance to the most important underground building during the 2WW, the Cabinet War Rooms. This was the secret headquarters of the British government during the war.
When the Japanese surrendered on 16th August 1945, these rooms were locked and not used again. They remained secret until the late seventies when the Imperial War Museum had the task of preserving their contents and ensuring the site was preserved as an historic site. Part of the site was opened to the public in 1984 but it wasn't until 2003 that the public were able to see the rest of the site.
Behind this door is the small room where Churchill was able to make his most important calls in private.
This is the room used by Winston Churchill's detectives.
A little more colourful, this is the room where Mrs Churchill stayed when she visited her husband.
Chief of staff conference room. This is where the heads of the army, navy and air force would meet to discuss their strategic plans.
Even the phones were colour coded.
This board has been left as it was on the day the headquarters were closed.
Sharing with Our World Tuesday.