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Sunday 3rd March 2024 17:30-20:30 Lambeth Rd, London SE1 7SG

1930's spy thriller photowalk experience in London

An evening of atmosphere, mystery and a touch of espionage around the historic street of the capital


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About this event

Join us as we take you back in time to 1938 when war was brewing in Europe and MI5 were on high alert for spies leaking information into Nazi Germany. The threat known as the fifth column was the belief that the Germans successful occupation of Europe was to do with help from within the different countries, a network of Nazi sympathisers & spies spread around Europe. M15 were determined that no fifth column in the UK would evade their knowledge as Germany continued their spread through Austria and beyond.

Taking inspiration from iconic stories like the 39 steps we will create atmospheric and story telling scenes with our historically accurate and spy stylised re-enactors. We will have 2 male spy like characters and we will also have a professional female 1930's style fashion model. The streets of London are rich with history, many maintaining the same look and architecture as they would have done in the 1930's and 1940's. Our shoot starting 45 minuets before sunset will see us photograph into the blue hour and into after dark where we will make full use of torches, cigarettes/pipes and our portable lighting. We aim to create scenes like those from a film set to bring this city to life with 30's spy stories.

This event will be limited to 13 photographers with 2 re-enactors and 1 model. Timeline staff will be on hand with lighting to set up atmospheric images.

Our meeting point will be the North side of Lambeth Bridge and our walk will see us capture areas around here, then across Lambeth Bridge onto embankment along to our finishing point which will be Westminster Bridge. We have hand picked some of the best historic streets and landmarks in this area, which will also offer great backdrops of Westminster and Big Ben. All of the locations are quite close together and we would expect to walk around 1-1.5 miles in total.

Our characters for the evening will be:

Ralph: A young intelligent and charismatic gentleman who has been playing a double agent with the British Union of Fascists and M15. Ralphs involvement with M15 began in 1937 when they recruited him to infiltrate the Fascists group in London who were meeting on the Kings Road in Chelsea. Ralphs duties were to gather information on the meetings and pass it on to M15. However unbeknown to MI5 Ralph came across an old school friend within the group who has perhaps since persuaded Ralph's loyalties elsewhere... Is the Union of Fascists aware of Ralphs MI5 involvement and setting up fake meetings for him to attend to distract M15 from their true activities... or is Ralph actually a Nazi sympathiser attending the genuine Fascist meetings and passing on fake information to M15? It’s up to you to decide!

Lydia: Ralphs girlfriend has been very anxious of late, Ralphs behaviours seems to have changed dramatically since he started his new job with a private investigator firm on the kings road in Chelsea. She is always curious to know where Ralph is going and what he is doing but he always shuts her questions her down with terrifying statements like 'if I told you I would have to kill you'. He had seemed like such a nice chap at first but now she feels trapped in a strange and dangerous situation. Ralph has told her that his cover may have been blown and that a group of criminals he has been investigating have been following him. She must lie low and help Ralph keep his identity hidden. Sometimes he asks her to pass on packages wrapped in brown paper to gentlemen sitting on park benches. At least this is how Ralph sees her, he believes she is scared and under his control.... but what if actually their first meeting on the Kings Road in that late bar that sparked a love affair was actually carefully planned by her employer…? Perhaps Ralphs enemies are closer than he thinks!

Unknown man: Ralph has been meeting the unknown man for several months now, exchanging packages and having hushed conversations under canal and railway bridges. But things seem to have taken a bad turn and it would seem this man is now perusing Ralph and has been following him through the dark streets. It seems there has been an altercation between them and a debt is now owed that smells a lot like a spies revenge...

Event requirements


  • Spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Lenses
  • Camera protection - rain covers etc
  • Tripod

Other things you should bring

  • Snacks


  • All levels welcome
  • Knowledge of ISO Shutter Speed and Aperture


  • Medium
  • There will be a fair amount of walking on this event

Other essentials

  • Sturdy outdoor shoes
  • Warm clothing

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