JOIN THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL, LONDON’S IN-DEPTH SPY TOUR.
AS CHOSEN BY INTELLIGENCE, MILITARY, SECURITY AND DIPLOMATIC PERSONNEL FROM AROUND THE WORLD.
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE REAL WORLD OF MI5, MI6 AND GCHQ ON THE STREETS OF LONDON – SPY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. Join Spies & Shadows Chief Brian Gray on a content-rich journey into Britain’s intelligence world, with a variety of general and themed private spy tours to choose from. Are you ready to pick up THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL?
WHO COMES ON THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL?
As well as the more shadowy groups, ‘civilians’ are warmly welcomed. Private group tours (or premium tours for couples and very small groups) are a great option for:-
- civilised stag parties that get everyone talking for the rest of the day and allows the Dad and prospective Father-in-Law to get involved too (Hen Parties are also welcome: no surprise, the last one opted for the Sexpionage tour!)
- university students and teachers, specialising in international relations, politics, security or intelligence studies
- social / retirement groups looking to spend a few hours in London and eager to learn about the spy world
- work colleagues either as part of a teambuilding exercise (ask about custom requirements) or a fun after-work activity for everyone in the team.
- spy film publicity events, allowing journalists and bloggers the opportunity to really get to understand the British intelligence world to help them write informative and absorbing content to promote the film.
WHAT TOURS ARE OFFERED?
Whichever of the FOUR tour options you choose (each lasting up to three hours), you’ll learn what’s really occurred in the British intelligence world, away from the fictional escapades of James Bond, Harry Palmer, Harry Pearce and George Smiley.
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. Full briefing available here.
COLD WAR TOUR
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. Full briefing available here.
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. Full briefing available here.
WARNING: this tour is NOT for the prudish or easily offended! Open-minded adults only!
Highlights include: the private life of James Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming; the sexual antics of the Cambridge Spy Ring; the sexual twists involving MI6 agents, and the ‘Mad Monk’ Rasputin; Invisible ink with a VERY special ingredient; Britain’s worst Cold War political scandal; MI5 redressing the balance due to the UNdressing KGB operative; Katia and the Parliamentary penetration?
Tour slots on THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL are booked on a first come first pay basis, via secure online payment. Tour size can be up to 30 people with the total price unchanged regardless of group size (decent-sized groups are therefore most cost-effective per person).
Tour pricing is based on notice period: the more notice given, the cheaper the tour. Current prices (UK Pounds Sterling) as follows:-
SIX OR MORE weeks in advance: £295.00
THREE – FIVE weeks in advance: £395.00
ONE – TWO weeks in advance: £495.00
SIX days OR LESS in advance: £595.00
‘TRADECRAFT’ AND CUSTOM REQUIREMENTS
Please get in touch if you have something special or different in mind that you’d like created. Whether it’s a bespoke tour focusing on a key topic, a full day (or longer) itinerary, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Similarly, if you’re a film PR agency needing a notable event for your forthcoming spy cinema release, then do get in touch. There’s experience here!
In need of a conference or after-dinner speaker? Whether it’s bemusing or serious, but always informative and absorbing, get in touch to discuss your requirements.
GET IN TOUCH!
Email’s the best wayhere’s the contact form on the ‘Trail website to do so. –
NEED MORE CONVINCING?
if judged by the company THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL keeps…it’s in fine fettle!
The Intelligence Trail in London was a truly memorable experience. Brian Gray delivered an in-depth and fascinating tour that took me to locations both famous and infamous, and he made the past come to life with his anecdotes and intimate details. As an author, I am unable to spend thirty seconds with a subject matter expert such as Brian without asking a question; he had all the answers and he took me deeper into the history of London’s intelligence community than I could have imagined.”
Mark Greaney, #1 New York Times Bestselling author / co-author with Tom Clancy and national bestselling author of ‘The Gray Man’ series.
“The Intelligence Trail is a very well researched and interesting insight into the history and evolution of the secret world of intelligence gathering and espionage. Conducted in and around Whitehall, it was fascinating to visit the various sites of interest whilst being briefed on the famous (and infamous) by an articulate and well informed guide. Highly recommended.”
Major, Royal Marines, Defence School of Intelligence, UK
In short, the ‘Trail is an acclaimed in-depth educational experience that’s informative, absorbing, entertaining, and thought provoking. Book your tour today!