London's bomb damage that's still visible today 83 years after The Blitz of World War 2


Take a walk along Exhibition Road in South Kensington and you might stumble into a stark reminder of The Blitz that's still visible today. With The Natural History Museum, Science Museum and V&A all nestled along the West London street, it already boasts major historic and cultural significance.

The museums which each date back more than a century attract millions of visitors every year, but a key part of London's history goes unnoticed by tourists travelling to the area. On the wall outside the V&A entrance you'll find a plaque which reads: "The damage on these walls is the result of enemy bombing during The Blitz of the Second World War 1939-1945 and is left as a memorial to the enduring values of this great museum in a time of conflict."

On the right of the inscription a large hole can be seen in the stone wall as a result of the bombing. Continue walking south towards the junction with Cromwell Road and you can see a hole series of holes and craters.

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Bomb damage can still be seen outside the V&A today
Bomb damage can still be seen outside the V&A today -Credit:MyLondon

Incendiary bombs were dropped on the V&A Museum throughout The Blitz between 1940 and 1941 as the Luftwaffe enacted a campaign of carpet bombing to dampen British resolve.

The attack which caused the significant damage on the museum wall along Exhibition Road happened on April 19, 1941. The severe blast blew open the museum doors and shattered all of its windows as it was forced to close for the first time.

The V&A remained open for most of the Second World War
The V&A remained open for most of the Second World War -Credit:MyLondon

Remarkably, very few objects inside were damaged by German bombing campaigns. But take a look to the left of the entrance and you'll see just how powerful the blast in April 1941 was.

Shrapnel went straight through the iron of the red telephone box outside the museum, which you can see for yourself today. Other examples of damage which occurred during The Blitz can also be seen today across other parts of the city.

St Dunstans in the East - situated just a stone's throw from London Bridge - is a great example of this. After the church suffered a direct hit during a bombing raid, the church was left in ruin for decades.

However, it was eventually turned into a public garden by the City of London. It's now a popular spot for Londoners to escape the hectic city while exploring the plants and greenery nestled among the walls of the church.

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