The Handbook
The Handbook

London went wild for The Bletchley when it popped up in a basement under a Chelsea pub at the start of the year – it seems we can’t get enough of code-breaking, cocktails and secret underground venues.

Next up is your chance to take part in a once in a lifetime opportunity of honing your secret agent skills with real spies. Former British Intelligence operatives are coming out of the woodwork to reveal some of the most covert tricks of the trade – everything from surveillance to alias adoption to dead letter drops. Yes, that actually happens.

The day will take place in a top secret London location (we’re hoping for lasers, vaulted doors and gadgets galore) on Saturday 1st July. Guests will adopt an alias to ensure operations are carried out securely, check for followers by walking an authentic counter-surveillance route, swap highly sensitive intelligence through dead letter drops and get to use genuine lightning contact, used by British Intelligence operatives.

The two agents hosting the day have decades of experience between them, ‘Debra’ has served in the Ministry of Defence for 25 years and now specialises in the delivery of all operational aspects and theory of surveillance tradecraft around the globe whilst ‘Julian’ is a former operational officer in the Secret Intelligence Service and has worked in the private security and intelligence sector. He also appeared on the TV series, Spies, which appeared on Channel 4 back in January. They’re the real deal.

The experience will be limited to 20 spy-savvy members of the public (it really is a one-off event) but one lucky agent can win their ticket via the competition they’re currently running on Facebook. Just tell them what you think makes a perfect spy.

Try that for a Monday morning debrief at work…