“Espionage was the hot end of the cold war” Spies’ London is peopled with Ian Fleming’s James Bond and John Le Carre’s George Smiley. But it’s also the London of the genuine article. The London where for over 40 years Burgess, Maclean, Philby, Blunt and the mysterious fifth man infiltrated the British and American security services and spied for the Soviet Union. This walk takes us into that hole and corner, cloak and dagger London – into the secret places of that murky nether-world. Here we venture into the covert London of MI5, MI6, and the American O.S.S., progenitor of the CIA. Here we close in on the American Soviet agent who finally confessed and unveiled the “Cambridge Ring”. Here we pinpoint the “dead letter box” and unmask the fifth man. Here, in Spies’ London, fact really is stranger than fiction..
I shall be leading this walk on Saturdays 5th November, 26th November, 10th December and 17th December 2016, and 14th January, 28th January, 4th February, 25th February, 4th March, 11th March, 1st April, 8th April and 22nd April 2017. Meet Piccadilly Circus tube, Exit 3, 2.30pm
Cost: £10 per adult, £8 concessions (seniors over 65, full-time students, Walkabout Card holders). Children under 15 go free if accompanied by their parent(s).