Sleuthing about London

There are many places in London that have a history of spies and covert operations and the intrepid woman can sniff them out! On a recent trip to Ireland and the United Kingdom, my sister and I happened upon two such places: Holy Trinity Church in Knightsbridge, and Cafe Daquise, South Kensington. Both place were used by the KGB for years. 

Holy Trinity Church was used as a "dead letter drop".  KGB agents would hide secret materials behind a statue of St. Francis of Assisi, on the church grounds, that were then collected by other agents.

Cafe Daquise, was also known for covert KGB operations and apparently the location where John Profumo, Secretary of War, disclosed state secrets during his affair with Christine Keeler, a 19 year old model.  "The Profumo Affair" in 1963 nearly brought down the British Government. 

My sister and I not only had a wonderful dinner, but we sat next to a couple where were very possibly spies - or at least that's what the covert British agent told us after they left the restaurant. Imagine this: he ordered a bowl of mashed potatoes, she had tea. Neither of them spoke, except to the hostess who's hand he kissed. They were not charged and left after receiving a telephone call. EXQUISITE.

My dinner was the most delicious duck and my sister had boer goulash. Service was excellent, the wine delicious and the entertainment fully of intrigue!

Spies or just a regular couple? Who knows? I prefer to think of them as covert spies.

Spies or just a regular couple? Who knows? I prefer to think of them as covert spies.

Posted on June 28, 2017 .