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War in the Suburbia

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Ruislip Manor Station

Victoria Road

Ruislip Manor

HA4 9AA

United Kingdom

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Discover the untold wartime stories of Greater London in this self-drive tour

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A different World War and Cold War history tour exploring nearly forgotten marks of 20th century conflict in suburban London

In September 1939, Britain is at war with Nazi Germany. Soon, everyday life would become very different for the millions of people involved. In the declaration of war announcement, the Prime Minister spoke of the British resolve to finish the war, with calmness and courage. And also about how essential public participation was, whether in the fighting services, civil defence, or toward the maintenance of the life of people : in factories, transport or supply. And the residents of London’s westernmost urban districts of Rusilip, Uxbridge and Hayes answered the call to “carry on the work of the nation in the days of stress and strain that may be ahead” with dedication and grit.

My War in the Suburbia tour is about those wartime stories of courage and resolve, as we discover the ways the war unfolded in London’s quaint suburbia. We will visit historic locations : some obvious and celebrated, and others nearly forgotten and obscure. We will imagine the wartime spirit and everyday life in the neighbourhood, relating real stories and eyewitness accounts. And will see evidence of the local districts’ involvement in monumental events of World War 2 and beyond: the Battle of Britain, the Invasion of Normandy, or breaking the Enigma Code. In addition, we will relate the astonishing stories of Soviet and German spies, covert operatives, and double agents operating in the area throughout the war – and well into the Cold War years !!

London’s wartime era of secrecy, heroism, and bloody mindedness will come to life with an explosive narrative that’ll carry us through an astonishing sequence of locations. The event is further enhanced by audio visual materials, contemporary accounts, and original photography.

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Your support will help me continue my research into the wartime history of suburban London, and will go towards travel and research costs, acquiring materials and collecting artefacts.

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What we’ll visit

  • The abandoned ruins of an OSS Secret Agent Training facility in the woods
  • A former Gas Decontamination Facility
  • A hidden Flak Tower and a secret Machine Gun Bunker
  • The former site of a top-secret Enigma Decoding facility
  • The street where Soviet resident spies used to live
  • The huge underground RAF Command complex where the Battle of Britain was fought
  • A pub where RAF airmen used to hang out between sorties

and many more monuments and displays.

What’s included in the tour

  • A Google Map to help you navigate to all locations
  • All tickets and entrance fees
  • A passionate, knowledgeable and fun local guide (that’s me)

What’s NOT included in the tour

  • Transport. This is a self drive tour, and you’ll be expected to turn up in your own vehicle with adequate petrol for a 15 mile trip
  • Meals or drinks
  • Parking costs
  • Tips

Price : £29 per person (20% discount for under 18s and Hillingdon First Card Holders)

Booking Conditions : You will receive a full refund minus Eventbrite's booking fee if you cancel within 24 hours of booking, or up to 7 calendar days prior to departure. A 100% charge will apply in all other cases (no-shows, cancellations, amendments) to cover for supplier commitments and admin fees. The organiser reserves the right to cancel an event as a result of low turnout, and notify guests no less than 3 days prior to departure. In case of a cancelled event, the guests may chose between a full refund or any other alternative arrangements that may be offered.

Important : Hillingdon Card Holders must have one valid card per ticket purchased with them at the tour.

Duration : between 5 and 6 hours

Meeting Point : Ruislip Manor Tube Station, Victoria Rd, Ruislip HA4 9AA

Farewell Point : Battle of Britain Bunker, Wren Ave, Uxbridge UB10 0BE

Please Note : The tour includes a 15 minute trek in the woods, several steep steps, and uneven and muddy terrain. Guests with very young children, or mobility difficulties are welcome, but may not be able to visit some of the stops, or may be requested to follow alternative arrangements for certain locations : please contact me at explore@explorabilia.co.uk for further information. There will be two opportunities for a break where snacks, drinks and WC facilities are available.

COVID 19 : As per government Coronavirus guidelines, the event will be limited to 6 persons. We will practise social distancing (2m) throughout. The use of face masks and gloves is recommended.


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Enigma Memorial at former RAF Eastcote


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The Plotting Room at Battle of Britain Bunker, Uxbridge


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Ruins of Battle of Britain House in Ruislip Woods


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Abandoned Bunker

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Location

Ruislip Manor Station

Victoria Road

Ruislip Manor

HA4 9AA

United Kingdom

View Map

Refund policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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Organiser Evan Panagopoulos / explorabilia

Organiser of War in the Suburbia

I am an urban storyteller : a fan of brutalist and mid-century architecture, a knowledgeable WW2 and Victorian era enthusiast, and I like engaging with abandoned spaces and forgotten history. I am the founder of explorabilia, a travel company that helps people discover the most astonishing, off beat spaces hidden in plain sight around us ! I do chilled out, fun walking tours with like minded people where we can enjoy special locations and exchange views about their history and significance - so don't expect me to give you a history lecture or throw a heavily scripted narrative at you ;-)

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