Tipple, tailor, soldier, spy: MI6 reveals its secret bar

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Tipple, tailor, soldier, spy: MI6 reveals its secret bar

Agents need somewhere to unwind, since they can't talk about their work to anyone else, says the agency's head

Dominic Nicholls

We expect to find him leaning casually on a bar in a tropical paradise ordering his signature vesper martini, but it seems James Bond may in fact be more likely to frequent an exclusive watering hole a bit closer to his office.

In his first recorded interview, the head of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) has revealed that the spies in his organisation, better known as MI6, have their own bar, accessible only to those working at the headquarters in Vauxhall, London.

Sir Alex Younger said the bar was an essential element in allowing his operatives to unwind, given that they cannot talk to anyone outside MI6 about the pressures of their work...

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