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A Spy's London: A Walk Book of 136 Sites in Central London Relating…

by Roy Berkeley

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A Spy’s London – A great read for anyone that is interested.

London has always been a place of intrigue for centuries and the simplest reason is that has been the capital city of first England and then the United Kingdom for over a thousand years. As a northerner who is proud of my own city I have always been drawn to my capital city for many different reasons, both factual and non-factual and A Spy’s London further enhances my love of the intrigue of that City.

London as the home of Kings and Queens, politicians and ambassadors and during the Second World War the final front against the Nazis with the exiled governments of occupied nations. As a capital city it has always drawn those that have often very shady reasons to be there, often spying for foreign nations some our friends but in the main our enemies. London has always had a starring role in unconvential warfare, there have been other capitals around Europe but to me and others London has been pre-eminent.

Roy Berkeley has researched and written a wonderful reader not just for the spy history fan but also for those to learn a little more of what went on in London during the twentieth century with some of the infamous espionage acts. This does not only include the wartime incidents but the cold war incidents too. At the same time as giving an outline of each episode he has created twenty one walks around London so you can view these places of mystery.

When I am next in London I will start with the first walk which is the Westminster Walk because it gives a flavour of what you will see, as it starts in Parliament Square with Westminster Abbey behind you and the Palace of Politics (Westminster) to your right staring up Whitehall, home to the Prime Minister and many departments of government one first walks to The Cabinet War Rooms and as the walk continues with its history lesson you are guided past the original home of Mi6 and then on to its second home. The sort of names that come to mind factual and fictional spring to mind from Philby to Bond. You would also get to go past St Ermin’s Hotel as part of this walk (personally I would recommend afternoon tea here!) but you end up at the home Mi5 at the end of this walk. As you can imagine I have missed many places of interest out, as I do not wish to spoil the read or the walk.

A Spy’s London is a wonderful book, packed full of information as well as a great exercise regime for those wishing to walk and find the places of interest in this book. As well as recommending this book, if you do decide to walk it, a good pair of walking shoes or boots, a good map of London but if you do have a camera do not be surprised if a few places are not welcome to the idea of their building being photographed! ( )
  atticusfinch1048 | May 16, 2015 |
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