Join the British intelligence services and get all its secrets with expert Rob

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language delivered in English

Hosted by Rob

I've been visiting London since I was a boy, but I still remember the thrill of the first time I arrived. A day in London meant a day full of surprises, where something fascinating, beautiful or inspiring could be around the next corner. I always knew I would come and live here, and now I have been in the city for over 25 years. And I still find surprising and new things. My real pleasure is to show people London's special places and share the inspiring stories from people who have lived here, whether long ago or today.

The experience

I've been visiting London since I was a boy, but I still remember the thrill of the first time I arrived. A day in London meant a day full of surprises, where something fascinating, beautiful or inspiring could be around the next corner. I always knew I would come and live here, and now I have been in the city for over 25 years. And I still find surprising and new things. My real pleasure is to show people London's special places and share the inspiring stories from people who have lived here, whether long ago or today.

Join me on this 2h walk about espionage and counter-intelligence that tells the true stories that inspired spy fiction. We'll see how the British security services were set up, how they are organised, their role in two world wars and the cold war and the work they do today. We'll visit the MI5, SIS (formerly known as MI6), Defence Intelligence and SO15 as well as a few places used by the security services today that hide in plain sight of thousand of Londoner's each day.

You'll hear true spy stories, like the amazing tale of Agent Zigzag, the woman SIS operative that helped catch Russian double agent Kim Philby, the unfortunate Agent Snow and the ungentlemanly warfare conducted by Section D. We'll end the walk in the traditional way that spies would end their missions in the 1930's.

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£15