Spies & Special Forces

(4 customer reviews)

Knightsbridge Underground Station – exit 2 (by Harvey Nichols department store)

Guided by Dan Parry

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
17 February 2024 Special 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Winter
16 March 2024 Special 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Winter Reserve Online
13 April 2024 Special 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Winter Reserve Online
11 May 2024 Special 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Summer Reserve Online
15 June 2024 Special 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Summer Reserve Online

Discover real-life James Bonds, with Dan Parry – “a world-class guide”

The glittering whirl of Knightsbridge conceals a shadowy world of modern-day assassins, spies, and special forces. From dead drops used by the KGB to the deadly SAS assault on the Iranian Embassy – via MI5 actions against the IRA and a daring rescue by MI6 – this unique walk is a spies tour with a twist.

Focusing on the sharp end of intelligence operations, we discover real-life James Bonds acting on guts, daring, and a wild stab in the dark.

Knightsbridge has long hosted the British intelligence community and their friends in special forces. Just a gunshot away from the nearby Russian embassy, this part of London is smart, fast, and  conveniently crowded. But out of sight in its quiet back-streets are dead drops known to have been used by the KGB, the discreet apartments used by MI6 as a training school, and the home of diver Buster Crabb who vanished on a secret mission to investigate a Russian cruiser.

We encounter the hotel where MI6 met KGB officer Oleg Gordievsky – who they later rescued from Russia. Next door were the offices of the private military company run by the founder of the SAS.

We discover atom bomb spy Klaus Fuchs as he was being shadowed by MI5 watchers. We step into the world of secret agent Anna Wolkoff, we hear of the heroism of SOE’s Christine Granville – murdered in the area – and we meet Belgium’s Gabrielle Petit, who was shot at dawn in 1916 after spying for Britain.

A family-friendly stroll – guided by Dan Parry. A former BBC documentaries producer and author of D-Day (published by BBC Books), Dan also leads our ever popular London’s Spymasters tour. 

David here, chiming in. Dan Parry comes trailing clouds of glory. He and his walks get rave reviews like sparks coming off a grindstone. No other ‘body of work’ attracts them the way Dan’s walks do.

4 reviews for Spies & Special Forces

  1. Judith Phillips

    This is a most interesting walk with Dan’s superb storytelling style keeping us entertained the entire walk. I learned so much about past ‘spy and special forces’ events in this area. I highly recommend this tour!

  2. Simon & Alexandra

    Hugely entertaining tales of clandestine and top-secret goings-on in one of London’s most up-market neighbourhoods. Dan really knows his stuff and is a witty and amusing storyteller. Highly recommended!

  3. Richard

    Superb: Dan is witty, lucid, and full of gossipy asides. What are you waiting for?

  4. Mihaly

    Very informative and fun tour, Dan is excellent. We had a great time!

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