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Bond’s London: top 10 places to follow in 007’s footsteps.

by Elizabeth Hands on January 8, 2015

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Excitement is building about the newest Bond movie – Spectre. Due for release in October 2015, details about the plot have already leaked out. And one thing is clear: yet again London will be one of the filming locations.

So to follow in the footsteps of Bond, where in the capital should you go? Here’s our guide to Bond’s London, along with our tips on where to stay…

Planet Hollywood

While not strictly a filming location, a visit to Planet Hollywood is a must for its wealth of Bond props and memorabilia.

Check rates at the Haymarket Hotel

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The Bond room in the Haymarket eaterie is home to one of the outfits worn by Pierce Brosnan in Golden Eye, along with chips and cards used in the film.

You’ll also see a pistol used in Never Say Never Again and ski goggles worn in the Spy Who Loved Me. Stay nearby in the Haymarket Hotel with its ornate chandeliers, quirky furniture and bright hues.

Bond in Motion

Flash cars are as much a part of a Bond movie as Bond himself.

Check rates at One Alwych

london film museum And London’s Film Museum in Covent Garden is offering the chance to get up close and personal with some of the models which appeared in the movies. It’s the largest Bond car collection ever to be shown in London. The One Aldwych hotel is just a few minutes’ walk away in the heart of Covent Garden.

Scott’s

Scott’s in Mayfair was one of Bond author Ian Fleming’s favourite restaurants.

Check rates at The Connaught

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The restaurant reopened in 2007 on Mayfair’s swishest road, Mount Street. Try the potted shrimps, which were Fleming’s favourite dish. Mayfair has no shortage of luxury hotels. The Connaught is located nearby.

Savile Row

Bond is known for his impeccable style, from the looser fit of Pierce Brosnan’s suits to the classic straight-pocketed, one-vent suits worn by Daniel Craig. Both Fleming and his character bought their suits from Savile Row.

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Invest in a bespoke suit of your own and you may just gain a Bond-esque swagger. The Stafford London is just a short hop away.

Dukes Bar

The legendary Dukes Bar is renowned for its martinis.

Check rates at Dukes

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Frequented by Fleming, it is said to be the inspiration behind the iconic line “shaken, not stirred.” And, after a martini or three, you won’t have far to go to bed as you can, of course, stay the night at the St James hotel.

Boat Chase on the Thames

In the World is Not Enough, Bond gives chase down the River Thames to the iconic Millennium Dome.

Check rates at The Corinthia

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Thames Rib Experience offers an MI6 experience, speeding down the Thames while playing Bond soundtracks. The Corinthia London is perfectly placed overlooking the River Thames if you want to stay close by.

Scale the 02

That very same boat chase ends with Bond dangling above the Millennium Dome (now the O2) in a hot air balloon.

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The O2 offers a package where you can choose to get your own bird’s eye view of London by climbing over the roof. You get all the safety equipment, plus a guide to tell you about all the sights you can see.

St Ermin’s

Bond stories have captured the imagination of big and little kids alike.

Check rates at St Ermin’s

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St Ermin’s Hotel on Caxton Street offers a special SpyKids package for budding Bonds. From £330 a night, a family of four can stay in a family room and take part in a special spy walk around London, as well as receiving a spy pack which could win your little ones an identity card and non-alcoholic cocktail (shaken, not stirred of course) from the Caxton Bar.

Les Ambassadeurs

London’s most exclusive casino has featured as the Le Cercle casino in Dr No, Bond’s first ever appearance on the silver screen.

Check rates at the Four Seasons at Park Lane

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The gaming floor of this private members club is open 24/7. Premium membership is a whopping £25,000 per year and includes private boxes at the world’s best sporting events, as well as private jet transfers. The Four Seasons London with its rooftop spa and great afternoon tea is close by.

The Reform Club

Blades, a private gentleman’s club which features in Die Another Day, was actually the Reform Club. It was also used as the location for the fencing club which is destroyed in Quantum of Solace.

Check rates at the Sofitel St James

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To become a member, you need to be proposed and seconded by an existing member. If you are lucky enough to get a glimpse behind its doors, then the Sofitel London makes a good base in St James.

Because Ian Fleming loved London’s bars, clubs and hotels and of course because the headquarters of MI6 are in the capital, there are countless locations around London with Bond connections just waiting to be discovered.

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Photo credits: Tom Woodward, Planet Hollywood London, London Film Museum, Scott’s, Mike Fleming, Dukes, Thames Rib Experience, The O2, St Ermin’s, Les Ambassadeurs, The Reform Club.

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