For 76 consecutive nights between September and November 1940, the city of London was relentlessly bombed by the German Luftwaffe in a series of devastating raids that came to known as 'The Blitz'.
A third of the city was destroyed, and tens of thousands of civilians lost their lives. While Hitler's attempt to bomb Britain into submission would ultimately fail, the scars of this destructive campaign remain visible on the streets of London today.
On this fascinating tour, you'll get to see visible signs of bomb damage from the war and visit the site of the very first bomb that landed in London. You'll see the ruins of at least one church that was destroyed during the Blitz and left to time as a memorial to the bloodshed, as well as important Allied wartime headquarters.
See where Sir Winston Churchill delivered his famous VE Day speech, and where Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, plotted the downfall of the Third Reich.
Cold War in London
For decades MI5, MI6 and GCHQ pitted themselves against the KGB in a silent war that played out on the streets of London. In a very literal sense, the British capital quickly became a crucial battleground in the Cold War against Russia.
On this part of your tour, you'll hear a tale of tragedy, betrayal, and eventual triumph. You'll explore this shadowy world with an expert guide and gain an insight into Britain's top intelligence agencies and learn about how they help to protect the country.
See the home of MI6, the home of James Bond 007, the headquarters of MI5 and visit the public' dead drop' sites where turncoat spies exchanged top-secret information with the Soviets. You'll also discover the secret locations used by the intelligence services to recruit their agents, and hear how they were recruited.
Prepare to be shaken and stirred by the stories of some of Britain's most infamous traitors and double agents on this insightful tour into Cold War London.
Meeting Point and time: 8.45am at the Original London Visitor Centre. Please wait just inside the door on the left hand side.
Departure time: 9.00am. We are unfortunately unable to wait for late comers and there is no opportunity to join the tour at a later point.
Finishing time and end point: The tour will end at approximately 12.00pm (noon) at the Original London Visitor Centre (traffic dependent) From April 2020 the tour will end at Victoria Train Station
Tour Starts: 1.30pm, concierge desk at the St Ermin's Hotel (Meeting time is 15 minutes prior, 1.15pm)
Tour Finishes: approx 4.30pm at the St Ermin's Hotel
From April 2020: the tour will end at Victoria Train Station with an optional drop off at the St Ermin's Hotel