I'm a huge James Bond fan and have been known on more than one occasion at the Eiffel Tower to simultaneously re-enact scenes from both A View to a Kill the film and the Duran Duran music video. My favorite Bond is definitely Daniel Craig, but I think my favorite part of all the films is admiring all the beautiful places where they're filmed. There are so many filming locations around London to live out your inner Bond fantasies, and this itinerary below is a smashing way to see London in Bond style!
Excerpt of article below from VisitBritain can be found HERE.
For fans of spy dramas and James Bond, London is just the place to experience a day or two in the life of Ian Fleming’s enigmatic secret agent. It’s here that you can see the city from new heights, discover the capital’s ties to the famous spy, and set off on an exhilarating adrenaline-filled adventure. Here’s how you can unleash your inner Bond with a trip to London.
Day 1 of 2
10.30 Take a James Bond London Walking Tour
Start your London adventure by diving into the world of 007 on a walk around many of the capital’s James Bond filming locations, including those from the secret agent’s latest blockbuster, No Time To Die. Setting off from Charing Cross railway station, the route passes Universal Exports, the offices used as the cover for 007’s secret London HQ, as well as more than ten filming locations used during the film franchise’s history. Spy sights that featured in The Living Daylights, Die Another Day, Skyfall and Spectre, in addition to the latest release, as you are taken on a journey through Westminster, the heart of British government and politics.
13.00 Dine at The Ned
Dine in luxury in the heart of the city of London at The Ned. Housed in a historic former banking hall, this elegant hotel boasts eight restaurants offering delightful cuisine from all over the world. Each restaurant has its own distinct space, with options to suit all tastes. Sample an array of delectable British cuisine at Millie’s Lounge, enjoy meat and fish prepared at the table at Lutyens Grill, or try Kaia for its Asian-Pacific-inspired menu.
Or at Enderby House
A focal point on the Greenwich riverbank for more than 185 years, Enderby House is a welcoming Grade II listed pub. The three-story pub celebrates its rich history and heritage, while offering a contemporary menu packed with British seafood, local produce and vegan options, as well as a broad selection of craft and draught beers.
Or at St. James’s Hotel & Club
Located in the heart of Mayfair, St. James’s Hotel & Club gives a true taste of the Bond lifestyle. Once home to Sir Ian Fleming, actors Sean Connery and Sir Roger Moore are also former members. Dine in secret service style at the hotel’s Michelin-starred Seven Park Place restaurant, or check in for a stay to remember before heading out to discover the sartorial delights of Jermyn Street and Savile Row, situated a stone’s throw away.
14.30 Explore Savile Row
Home to an array of bespoke tailors, Savile Row in Mayfair is just the place if you’re keen to emulate the Bond look. Running parallel to Regent Street, its tailoring heritage dates back to the late 18th century and the majority of businesses produce bespoke suits that are cut and made by hand. Marvel at the street’s exceptional architecture and listed buildings, including 3 Savile Row – the Apple office of the Beatles and the site of the band’s final live performance, before discovering true sartorial artistry at Gieves & Hawkes. Founded in 1771, it is one of the world’s oldest continual bespoke tailoring companies and has boasted a number of Royal Warrants since 1809.
15.30 Jump on a Thames Speedboat Tour
Hop on-board the fastest of London’s rigid inflatable boats and zoom your way along the River Thames with Thames Rockets, passing the headquarters of MI5 and MI6 en route. Learn about a number of the capital’s major landmarks and spot locations from recent films, including Skyfall and Spectre. Accompanied by the renowned James Bond soundtrack, you’ll spy Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the Shard, as well as a host of other London attractions.
17.00 Enjoy spectacular views from the Sky Garden
Take in stunning views of the capital from the lavish surroundings of the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street. Perched high above the city, wander its landscaped gardens spread over three stories before enjoying a drink in the Sky Pod Bar. Gaze out over London from the unique rooftop space as the sun goes down, while sampling one of the bar’s signature cocktails. Access to the Sky Garden is free but tickets to visit should be booked in advance. Booking for the Sky Pod Bar is also recommended.
20.00 Savor drinks and dinner in Bond style
Finish the day with a five-course immersive culinary adventure at The Distillery, a drinks and dinner session that guides you through the favorite tipples of James Bond and his creator Ian Fleming, accompanied by a range of delicious dishes. From signature martinis to the finest champagne and bourbon, get set for a decadent evening of gastronomic storytelling and Bond-themed discovery.
Day 2 of 2
10.00 Climb up at the O2
See London’s iconic O2 from a new perspective and enjoy spellbinding views over the capital at Up at the O2. This epic climb to the top of the city’s instantly recognizable attraction provides 360-degree views, allowing you to gaze out over historic Greenwich, Canary Wharf and the Olympic Park. A guide will be on hand every step of the way during the exhilarating 90-minute climb. Sunset and Twilight Climbs are also available if you want to experience the climb at different times of the day.
12.00 Experience London from the heights of the London Eye
Experience London from an unforgettable perspective on the London Eye, Europe's tallest cantilevered observation wheel. Rise above the South Bank’s busy streets in a state-of-the-art glass capsule to enjoy 360-degree views of London’s skyline.
13.00 Lunch at Chiltern Firehouse
Sit down for lunch (or brunch) amid the luxurious surroundings of the Chiltern Firehouse, where Michelin-starred chef Nuno Mendes serves up an ever-changing menu of reimagined classics and bold new flavours. Set in the heart of Marylebone, get set for an array of seasonal ingredients, lovingly prepared among the restaurant’s striking surroundings.
Or dine at Rules
Enjoy lunch like M (Ralph Fiennes in No Time To Die) at Rules in Covent Garden. Founded in 1798, London’s oldest restaurant featured in Spectre and offers a traditional menu of classic game cookery, pies and puddings amid lavish surroundings featuring oil paintings, velvet seating and an array of memorabilia from days gone by.
14.30 Enjoy a bespoke Aston Martin experience
Gain unprecedented access to the world of Aston Martin with bespoke experience At Home with Aston Martin: Power, Passion and Heritage. Take an exclusive tour of the car brand’s factory and global headquarters, enjoy unique access to their heritage centre, Aston Martin Works, and get behind the wheel for an exhilarating performance driving experience at Millbrook Proving Ground. Learn about the immaculate craftsmanship that goes into every Aston Martin before honing your driving skills on Britain’s toughest circuit, designed to mimic the world’s harshest terrain.
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