About Churchill’s Secret Bunker
Churchill’s Secret Bunker – also known as Paddock – was designed to be used as the nerve centre of the British government during WW2 in the event of Britain being unable to defend itself from air attack.
Far more fortified than it’s Whitehall equivalent, the Paddock Bunker was built in the late 1930s in Neasden, north-west London, and would have been able to survive a direct hit from the Luftwaffe. In reality, the complex was never fully employed as the RAF proved able to negate the worst of the threat from the German air force after victory in the Battle of Britain.
Today, this relatively unknown underground complex is still very much as it would have been at the end of the war. Located 40 ft below ground and comprising over forty rooms on two floors, the Paddock bunker is now in a semi-derelict state but still boasts abandoned and rusted original equipment still in place. Inside can be found the original map room, kitchen, and Churchill’s War Cabinet room – where he held a Cabinet meeting on October 3, 1940.
Abandoned after the war, the site passed to the care of a local housing group after they were granted the rights to develop the area above ground. While closed to the public for much of the year, Churchill’s Secret Bunker is open twice a year for guided tours which are run by the Subterranea Britannica group.
All that remains above ground is a small modern brick enclosure within which a concrete staircase runs down to the complex – indeed passers-by would never imagine what lays beneath their feet.