I could show all the usual places in London that tourists want to know about, such as Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, etc, but I’d like to talk about places that interest me personally, such as the iconic building housing the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS – otherwise known as MI6, a nod to its military intelligence origins) in the photo below.
All information on this website about Vauxhall Cross and Thames House is already in the public domain.
The main entrance to the Vauxhall Cross building on the Albert Embankment opposite a motorbike garage and railway bridge. At the ground level are steel doors with barriers behind them, pedestrian entrances on either side and a security booth to check visitors. There is a separate entrance for vehicles, also closely guarded as you would expect.
More (official) information about the history of the SIS, recruitment and FAQs can be found at the SIS website below:
There is also a section devoted to the artist James Hart Dyke, who spent a year with SIS creating some atmospheric paintings recording the work of the agency.