Sunday, 13 November 2016

#London Walk of the Week: #Hampstead Spies Guided By @StewartPurvis


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Every Sunday I’ll pluck just one walk from the vast London Walks repertoire and put it centre stage.





You can check out the full schedule at www.walks.com.





But if you only take one walking tour this week, why not make it…

The Hampstead Spies

Meet at Belsize Park Tube
Sunday 20th November 10.30a.m

Guided by Stewart Purvis


The KGB in NW3  Toniest Hampstead was the unlikely hunting-ground for British and American spy-catchers trying to track down residents who'd signed up with the Soviet secret service the KGB. Stewart Purvis, former Editor and CEO of Independent Television News and now spy biographer, has been through top secret MI5 and FBI files to find out who was watching whom before and during the Cold War. 

You'll see some of those files

And the houses the files pinpoint. Houses that are only just now yielding up their Cold War secrets. We'll walk a "Street of Spies" where the KGB ran three separate operations. Stewart's arranged access to one of their London hubs – we'll go inside. One Cold War name will keep coming up – Hampstead boy turned Soviet Super-spy Kim Philby. The real thing is better than any spy thriller. Guided by Stewart Purvis, author of Guy Burgess, The Spy Who Knew Everyone. Stewart will have copies of his book with him.


From November 1 onward The Hampstead Spies walk will take place at 10.30 am on the third* Sunday of every month. To go on the walk meet Stewart just outside the exit of Belsize Park Tube.

*November 20, December 18, January 15, February 19, March 19 and April 16.


The Hampstead Spies

Meet at Belsize Park Tube Sunday 20th November 2016 10.30a.m



About Your Guide

Stewart Purvis

Former Editor and CEO of Independent Television News and now spy biographer, Stewart Purvis has created and guides The Hampstead Spies walk. Stewart's the author of Guy Burgess, The Spy Who Knew Everyone.




A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.









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