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Some Famous Spy Locations In The City Of London

It is already known to you that London is full of hidden corners and secrets which the city is protecting for years. Some of these secrets are also related to spies that frequented the shady clubs of the city. While you are staying at the exclusive, The Montcalm brewery hotel on chiswell street London, it is hard to believe that even this fashionable city with all these london 5 star hotels was had such a shady past. Let’s just take a look at these intriguing look so that you can drop by next time when you are in London availing the London hotel deals.

Mornington Crescent Tube Station
This location was once used by Top KGB spy handler Yuri Modin to meet and liaise with other several spies. His network mostly included the infamous agents which formed the “Cambridge Spy Ring” including the likes of Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, and Kim Philby.

St James’s Park’s Tin And Stone Bridge
Just in the middle of powerful ministries of Whitehall and Buckingham Palace, the Tin and Stone Bridge was used or still is used by British Intelligence as a meeting point with all kinds of people. It also happens to be the meeting place with New recruits, and the location instills a sense of importance and pride for those embark upon this career in the Secret Service.

In And Out Club Of Piccadilly
Known to be the recruiting venue for both MI5 and MI6, the address of In and Out Club was also used in correspondence found on a dead British officer that was intentionally dropped into the seas off Spain by the MI6 in the time of Second World War. It was and deception operation which tricked the Nazis into believing that Normandy invasion force will land elsewhere than the designated place. It is still considered as a private member’s club.

54 Broadway
Though the MI6 moved its headquarters to this address in the year 1926 under the guise name of “Minimax Fire Extinguisher Company,” but soon the motives were known. Soon many taxi drivers of the city came to know about its actual role as a spy location of the capital.

This lead to another incident as by the mid-30s and also unknown to the Service, German Intelligence engaged an agent disguised as blind match seller that stood on the opposite side of the building to monitor all the comings and goings into the building.

Waterloo Bridge
In the year 1978, a Bulgarian dissident and also a BBC World Service presenter, George Markov was prodded with an umbrella when he was waiting for a bus on the bridge. At first, he thought it was an accident and within few days he was dead. It was later understood that he was a victim of KGB assassin under the code name Agent Piccadilly. The impact was in his leg, and the umbrella with which he was prodded had the deadly ricin pellet that got injected through the umbrella prodding.


28 St James’s Street’s Boodle’s
This strict London member’s only club was once played host to many MI6’s famous officers. It was an ideal location for convivial events and also recruiting. With this, note, Ian Fleming, the famous creator of James Bond and also an MI6 man used to be a frequent visitor to this place during his time of visits in the city.

37-38 St James’s Street’s White’s
This was also another famous recruiting place and meeting point of the MI5 and MI6 agents for ages and acted as a member’s only club.

Caxton Street’s St Ermin’s Hotel
This venue was used by MI6 during the Second World War as an operational center. Parts of this building were also occupied by officials from Britain’s wartime Special Operations Executive or the SOE. It was established by Churchill in the 1940, and the agents belonging to this group performed many daring feats and operations on mainland Europe.

26 Ebury Court, The Topmans Hotel
This venue was used extensively during the Second World War by SOE and officers of MI6. During its time the SOE expanded greatly, and this location hosted many foreign nationals that signed up to become agents in the war ridden country.

Leconfield House
In early 1945, this place became the headquarters of MI5, and since then, this place has been refurbished and modernized. The original structure consisted of windows devised to support machine guns for just in case, the Germans reach London. Inside, there is an MI5 bar known as the “Pig and Eye.” Many famous personalities from the Service used to have drinks here like Peter Wright, the popular author of one of the world’s greatest espionage books called Spycatcher.

18 Carlyle Square In Chelsea
This is the address that was once associated with the most infamous spy of Britain, Kim Philby. Philby used to be the MI6 officer that later became KGB spy betraying many secrets to Moscow in the year 1950s.

Holly Mews’s Grove Court
Related to the infamous spy of the KGB, Kim Philby and it used to be his mother’s basement flat where the spy held his famous 1855 party with journalists being cleared of the name of being a spy to the Soviet Republic. By the time it was 1962 that Philby’s deception was exposed and it was a cause of much embarrassment to those counter-espionage officials and politicians that cleared him in the first place.

Old Vic Theater In Lambeth
It was the place where MI5 spy catchers used to wait to arrest one of the most notorious and famous KGB spies in London, Gordon Lonsdale also known as Konon Trofimovich Molody. In the year Lonsdale was released in exchange for MI6 agent Greville Wynne.

London is widespread with secret locations and meeting points that were used over a different period of history, and most of them were related to the wars. Next Time, when you visit London, try to stop by in a few locations and see if you can find anything there. The places are enough to give you all the chills and thrills.

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