Winston Churchill

British Prime Minister

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, army officer, and writer. He was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when he led Britain to victory in the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955. 1 2 3


Winston Churchill rose at 7:30 am and started the day by eating breakfast and reading the newspaper in bed. After breakfast he’d remain in bed for the next couple of hours and dictate to his secretaries. At 11 am, Churchill would then take a morning stroll around the garden before heading to his study where he’d pour himself a whisky with soda.


At lunchtime, typically 1pm, Churchill lunched with family and guests. The meal was 3 courses and Churchill enjoyed a drink of Pol Roger, port or brandy as well as some cigars. After which he would continue working in his study, supervise his estate, or play cards or board games such as backgammon with his wife – Clementine Churchill. The British prime minster developed the habit of taking 1 ½ hour naps in the late afternoon, usually around 5pm, as it improved his productivity for the remainder of the day.


Churchill awoke from his nap at around 6:30 pm to bathe and prepare himself for dinner with his guests. Dinner was 8 pm and was accompanied with more drinks and cigars. Dinner would typically last until midnight or later.


When the guests retired, Churchill would sometimes return to his study to work for roughly another hour before bed.