There are to be two exercises carried out by the emergency services over the next few weeks – on the river outside MI5’s head office.

The river traffic notice simply states that “The emergency services will be conducting two exercises between Lambeth Bridge and Millbank Pier.”

As is normal for sizable events, there will be an exclusion zone created on the river to stop other boats intruding on whatever is going on.

However, what makes this potentially slightly more interesting (or not), is that the river exclusion zone is right outside Thames House on Millbank — also known as the headquarters of the domestic spy agency, MI5.

Whether that’s just a remarkable coincidence and this is actually a mundane rescue from a stricken pleasure boat — or an indication of what might happen on the river I leave to conspiracy theorists to get excited about.

The two exercises are scheduled to take place at:

  • Mon 23rd Oct 2017 10:55 to 12:30
  • Wed 8th Nov 2017 09:25 to 09:50

Certainly if Twitter goes nuts the mornings about an attack on the MI5 headquarters, you can calmly tell people it’s just a practice.

Incidentally, if you type MI5 headquarters into Google image search, much like the confusion between London and Tower bridge, the building most often shown is that of MI6.


Be the first to know what's on in London, and the latest news published on ianVisits.

You can unsubscribe at any time from my weekly emails.

Tagged with: ,

This website has been running now for over a decade, and while advertising revenue contributes to funding the website, it doesn't cover the costs. That is why I have set up a facility with DonorBox where you can contribute to the costs of the website and time invested in writing and research for the news articles.

It's very similar to the way The Guardian and many smaller websites are now seeking to generate an income in the face of rising costs and declining advertising.

Whether it's a one-off donation or a regular giver, every additional support goes a long way to covering the running costs of this website, and keeping you regularly topped up doses of Londony news and facts.

If you like what you read on here, then please support the website here.

Thank you

Home >> News >> London News