London’s Spymasters

(107 customer reviews)

St James's Park Underground Station (Broadway/Petty France exit)

Guided by Dan Parry

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
29 June 2024 Special 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Summer Reserve Online
13 July 2024 Special 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Summer Reserve Online
31 August 2024 Special 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Summer Reserve Online
28 September 2024 Special 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Summer Reserve Online
26 October 2024 Special 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Summer Reserve Online
30 November 2024 Special 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Winter Reserve Online

 

Step into the shadows of Westminster and discover covert locations where spies, assassins and duplicitous double agents plied their trade. Visiting the smartest corners of London, we peer into a murky world marked by treason and treachery, betrayal and murder.

From the wartime HQ of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) to the exceptionally discreet apartment of C, (‘M ‘in the Bond films), we walk in the footsteps of officers and agents who shaped history. Some of them managed Enigma – WWII’s greatest secret; others deviously created the biggest deception operation of the war.

AND WHILE WE’RE AT IT, MEET YOUR GUIDE

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Some planned covert Cold War actions, a few gave away information on all of the above and one or two recently revealed GCHQ’s modern-day London secrets.

Visiting shadowy locations that are rarely seen, we pass Ian Fleming’s wartime office, the glamorous house once used by SIS as a recruitment centre and the beautiful garden that witnessed an ugly assassination. Guided by Dan Parry

“For decades to come the spy world will continue to be the collective couch where the subconscious of each nation is confessed.” – John le Carre

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107 reviews for London’s Spymasters

  1. Stephen

    Great Tour ! Dan is terrific…..so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. His stories bring the “hidden” world of spy craft to life.

  2. Brad Feuer

    This is a great walk and Dan is the perfect guide. He knows spies. He knows London. He knows history. And he knows a lot more! Dan is a natural storyteller, a historian, a writer, a producer, and more. Dan is completely immersed in his subject. And if you go on this walk, you can’t help but be as enthusiastic as Dan is. And why not? The 20th century was a century of spooks, and London its capital. First World War, Second World War, the Cold War – so much spying to be done, and so much to see, hear and experience with Dan. You’ll learn a lot, and have a lot of fun to boot!

  3. James

    Dan is a terrific guide. As he presents, his deep expertise and enthusiasm for the material is on full display. His Spy Masters tour will leave you wanting more!

  4. Madison Littlepage

    Fantastic storyteller! Enjoyed how he weaves the very real stories of the spies operating in/around London with the stories they inspired. You can tell he is very passionate about his research and this subject.

  5. Sarah V

    Outstanding tour by Dan!! He is incredibly experienced, knowledgeable and a wonderful story teller -our family loved every minute of the tour along with all of the tips at end. My husband and son didn’t want it to end. Thank you for a terrific afternoon.

  6. Martin Durkan

    A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon thanks to Dan’s entertaining and informative storytelling. He successfully managed to evoke the intrigue and atmosphere of the world of spying centred in London during the war, post-war and 1960s Cold War periods. As a Londoner, I was also surprised to discover delightful parts of the area around St James’s that I had never been to before. An added bonus for anyone like me with impaired hearing was Dan’s beautifully clear and robust voice that sounded as though it belonged to an experienced stage actor!

  7. Julie C

    A very interesting walk on spies, not a subject I knew a lot about. Dan is a great guide, clearly very knowledgeable and able to engage the audience with very interesting stories. It was good to discover areas around St. James’s Park that I had not explored. There were a lot of people on the walk but Dan patiently waited for everyone to get to the next stop and gather round. Heard a lot about the Cambridge spies, and also Ian Fleming’s contribution to the war. Thoroughly enjoyed it and I will definitely look out for other walks that Dan does.

  8. Leigh

    A ‘must do’ walk that revolves around the secret world of Spies. Dan has a fantastic knowledge of his subject. An entertaining afternoon.

  9. Julie Gray

    Thanks Dan Parry for a wonderful insight into the spy world in and around WWII and beyond. You really feel like you are drawn into the lives of these men and women. Loved it! I didn’t know much about this topic prior to booking but am now looking at a documentary on British spys! I’ve lived in London for many years and love its history – this is a great walking tour!

  10. Steve

    Dan Parry made my day with his encyclopedic knowledge of cloak and dagger intricacies of the spy world of London and of the world during the 20-th century. A lot of information and sightseeing spots revolved around the Cambridge 5 group. And Kim Philby in particular. Many previously unknown details cerfaced during Dan’s narration. I was so intrigued that upon returning home I started watching the show “Spy Among Friends” that covered Philby’s betrayal and defection to the USSR.
    I highly recommend Dan’s Spymasters walk for anyone interested in modern history of spy game.

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