The Secret World of Spies in London

Everything you always wanted to know about espionage..but were afraid to ask!

A Study Day with former Soviet spy turned espionage historian BORIS VOLODARSKY

In this thrilling Study Day, Dr Boris Volodarsky, a former agent of Soviet military intelligence, the GRU, lifts the (iron) curtain on the real spy world.

You will learn:

  • Where the Cold War was fought out across London : meeting points, dead letter boxes and safe houses.
  • Where Britain's Intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6 operated historically from their formation before WW1, and where they are located today.
  • 'Spyspeak': the meaning of 'treffs', 'cutouts', 'illegals' and 'agents of influence'.
  • The tricks of the Spies' trade: Code-breaking, cyphers, and electronic intelligence.
  • A brief history of britain's secret service : from Elizabeth I to the Cambridge spies.

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

09.45 Meet at National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Pl, Westminster, London SW1A 2HE 

10.00 Introduction by BORIS VOLODARSKY: 'The real spy world'.

11.00 Board bus for our tour around 'the spies' London.

12.30 Buffet lunch at The Liberal Club

14.00 Lecture by BORIS VOLODARSKY: 'The Cold War: yesterday, today and tomorrow'.

15.15 Break tea coffee

15.30 Lecture by Andrew Lownie - Historian biographer of Stalin's Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess

16.30 Finish

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager

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What to expect 

  • An expert guide to accompany you throughout the Day
  • A mixture of lectures, practical demonstrations, handling sessions, guided tours and walks
  • Special access to museums, sites and galleries otherwise closed to the general public (where specified)
  • Small Groups 12-25 guests 
  • The company of like-minded people!
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2019 Study Day Details

Fri 8th Nov - Fri 8th Nov

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Led By: Boris Volodarsky

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