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6 August 2003. One of the Eyeball series.
Source of aerial photos and maps:

The Security Service - MI5 website:

The Secret Intelligence Service - MI6:

On MI6, the best recent book is MI6: Inside the Covert World of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service. Dorril, Stephen. New York: The Free Press, 2000. 907 pages.

For recent history and organization of UK intelligence agencies:

UK Intelligence and Security Report August 2003 (.DOC 445KB) (Zipped 136KB)

In contrast to fierce security fences surrounding US intelligence agency facilities, both MI5 and MI6 headquarters were directly accessible from public streets, or were before September 2001. As shown in photos below, one could walk in the front door of MI5, though not that of MI6. However, walkways around MI6 were completely open -- a few idlers appeared to be watchers.



MI5 Headquarters
Cryptome photos - November 2000

MI6 Headquarters
Cryptome photos - November 2000