Learn more about the different London spy tours offered by THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL . Critically acclaimed by the pros: beware of cheap imitations!
Here’s the brief, appetite-whetting, summaries of the different London spy tours available for you and your friends, work colleagues or student groups.
All of these tours are delivered on foot and generally take around three hours. Click on the links for the full tour webpage.
The CLASSIC TRAIL spans the decades. There’s old and new to keep you absorbed, including:-
Ian Fleming’s intelligence activities during WWII; the Cambridge Spy Ring; arch MI6 traitor George Blake; Libyan rapprochement; Egyptian defenestration; the ‘spy hotel of London spy hotels’ and who frequented it…and more.
EARLY YEARS TOUR (1909-1945)
Taking you back to the origins and first decades of Britain’s intelligence services, the Early Years tour is packed with personalities who have played the spy game – some heroically, others treacherously – through these years. With dubious invisible ink, exploding cars and double crossing galore to hear about: who said the early years were boring?! With two World Wars and more to deal with, there’s lots to learn.
COLD WAR TOUR (1945-1992)
Learn about key incidents and personalities playing the intelligence game during the decades-long tension between East and West on the Cold War tour, including: British traitors Vassall, Bossard, Blake, AND one would-be traitor; – the two Oleg’s playing their part in turning the tide; the importance of underground stations to the KGB; the case against Roger Hollis.
WESTMINSTER & WATER TOUR
Passing not only some of the locations used by the agencies, but also institutions associated with the espionage and intelligence world from the 1920’s to the present. Highlights include: Modern-day MI5, MI6, and GCHQ and the issues they face; Prime Ministers, Parliamentarians and the spooks; Intelligence and Iraq; the ‘Spy school’ for both arguably Britain’s worst spy traitor AND one of Britain’s most unconventional WWII intelligence officers; the former home of one of the most colourful – and controversial – MI6 Chiefs in the Service’s history.
Sex and spying come together as the edgier antics of the ‘second oldest profession’ are revealed on London’s streets. Scandals, seduction, entrapment, and defection all feature. Highlights include: the private life of James Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming; the sexual antics of the Cambridge Spy Ring; Britain’s worst Cold War political scandal; MI5 redressing the balance due to the UNdressing KGB operative; Katia and the Parliamentary penetration?
WARNING: this tour is NOT for the prudish or easily offended! Open-minded adults only!
MAYFAIR AND MOTHER RUSSIA
From the Cold War to more recent times, walk through London’s most opulent district and learn more about the intelligence game being played out between Britain and Russia through the years.
Highlights include: ‘The Polonium Trail’: the Alexander Litvinenko affair; Roger Hollis and the MI5 molehunts; the last London days of Cambridge Spy Ring member Guy Burgess; Russian DLB signal sites; Anna Chapman at work and play…… and MUCH more!
This tour has MANY spy locations en-route that can’t all be discussed in detail due to time constraints, but will be pointed out along the way.