Being a spy in London is a lot of work, sometimes even the best spies find themselves letting their guard down at a bar after a long day of saving the world. Spy bars are a great place for you to put yourself in the shoes of an MI6 agent, and pretend to be a spy. So today we are going to talk to you about three of our favorite spy bars in all of London.
The Morpeth Arms is a central London pub with a view of the iconic MI6 building across the River Thames. The pub was originally built in the nineteenth century in order to serve prison wardens working at the nearby Millbank Penitentiary. The Morpeth Arms contains an upstairs spy-themed bar where you can look out into the MI6 building.
The Caxton Bar at the St. Ermin’s Hotel
The Caxton Bar is a bar filled with history. Winston Churchill is said to be a frequent customer of the bar, as he stayed in the St. Ermin’s Hotel during World War II. Special Operations Executive, also known as Churchill’s secret army, took over an entire floor in the hotel and used it as its headquarters during the war. Double agent Guy Burgess is also said to have met his Russian counterpart at the bar, and they would exchange files together there.
The Dukes Bar is home to the world’s best martini. James Bond’s author Ian Fleming, in fact created the vesper martini at the Dukes Bar. In fact guests have a limit of only two vesper martinis per visit since they are that strong. The bar itself is hidden away and hard to find, so you have to use your spy skills in order to find out where it is.
As a tour guide and a lover of London, I will be writing a series of interesting stories about London; tales I have heard, places I have visited, tasty food I have eaten and delicious drinks I have enjoyed. Watch out for this every week or so.