Military attractions in London

London has lots of interesting places for military enthusiasts… from the Tower of London and HMS Belfast, to Churchill’s Cabinet War Rooms and the Imperial War Museum.

Military-related sites

> Apsley House
Apsley House used to belong to the Duke of Wellington, and incorporates the Wellington Museum.
> Bomber Command Memorial
The Bomber Memorial in Green Park honours the sacrifices made by Bomber Command during WW2.
> Cenotaph
The Remembrance Day Parade is held yearly on the Sunday closest to November 11th.
> Churchill War Rooms
Home to Prime Minister Churchill’s wartime government during the dark days of World War II.
> Guards’ Museum
The Guards’ Museum in London tells the 350-year history of the Queen’s own bodyguard.
> HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast saw service in World War II, where it sunk the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst.
> Horse Guards
Horse Guards Parade is home to members of the Household Cavalry, and the Trooping of the Colour.
> House. Cavalary Museum
The Household Cavalry Museum tells the story of the Queen’s official guard, and houses the stables.
> Imperial War Museum
Covers World War I and II, the modern Gulf War and many other battles, from Korea to Vietnam.
> National Army Museum
The National Army Museum in London tells the history of the British Army from the early 16th-century.
> National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum contains the actual jacket that Admiral Nelson wore at Trafalgar.
> Tower of London
Built by William the Conqueror, the Tower of London has the Bloody Tower and Traitor’s Gate.

Military-related events

Where:Imperial War Museum, London
'Reflections on Helmand' will explore how Britain got caught up fighting the Taliban in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Where:Tower of London, London
The Ceremony of the Keys is over 700 years old, and represents the traditional locking up of the Tower of London at night.

Where:Horse Guards, Westminster
Changing the Guard at Horse Guards is similar to the ceremony at Buckingham Palace, but is usually a lot less crowded.

Where:Tower of London, London
One of the best ways of seeing the Tower of London is alongside a Yeoman Warder (better known as the "Beefeaters").

Where:Horse Guards, Westminster
The Dismounting Ceremony (or 4 O'Clock Parade) is a short ceremony that takes place every day at the Horse Guards.

Where:Churchill War Rooms, Westminster
Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms, and experience Winston Churchill's wartime bunker from behind the glass.

Where:National Army Museum, Chelsea
'War Paint - Brushes With Conflict' is the National Army Museum's first temporary exhibition after their grand re-opening.

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