London audio tour: Piccadilly and Polonium: The Alexander Litvinenko Affair

Piccadilly and Polonium: The Alexander Litvinenko Affair

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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2mi

About the Tour

Welcome to VoiceMap. I'm Brian Gray. For many years as an intelligence guide and writer, I've been researching, creating, and delivering in-depth in-person tours on THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL. Clients include members of the intelligence, military and diplomatic communities from around the world.

But if you're here in London on your own or with a partner, I created this London Solo Spy Tour for you so you can still enjoy a content-rich, informative and thought-provoking spy tour all for yourself. After all, with London the undisputed spy capital of the world, it would be criminal not to!

And talking of criminal, this tour takes you on a journey involving one of the most shocking acts to have taken place in central London in recent years. It brought about a major police investigation to be launched, a thorough official Inquiry, and it thrust the murky worlds of Russian intelligence, political, and business affairs into the limelight here in the UK.

Taking you through Theatreland, Piccadilly, and into Mayfair, this is the most comprehensive GPS-enabled London spy tour you'll find that brings the story of death to life.

Tour Producer

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Brian Gray

For many years as an intelligence guide and writer, I've been researching, creating, and delivering in-depth in-person London spy tours on THE INTELLIGENCE TRAIL. Clients include members of the intelligence, military and diplomatic communities from around the world. I'm also the founder and presenter of the weekly 'Sunday Spy Show' podcast on SPIES & SHADOWS TV.

Major Landmarks

  • Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain

Directions to Starting Point

The starting point is Cambridge Circus, at the junction of Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road in central London. It's about halfway between Tottenham Court Road tube station and Leicester Square. Start in front of the Palace Theatre, facing the traffic junction.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Waterstones bookshop, Russian stall, St. James's Churchyard, Floris, Itsu, Pescatori, Palm Court Bar of Sheraton Park Lane, Pine Bar of Millennium Grosvenor Square

Best time of day

During the day, but evening is fine too.

Precautions

Be careful when crossing busy roads, and watch your belongings.

Comments

I tried this as a good excuse to wander around some streets I've not been to for years. The route is fine. The subject matter was interesting up to a point. A spy thriller without a happy ending. The chief suspects are still out there somewhere ...

Posted by Colin , about 4 years ago
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Piccadilly and Polonium: The Alexander Litvinenko Affair