Can't get enough of James Bond, thanks to the release of the latest 007 movie, Spectre? The folks at British Airways share the best Bond-themed activities to see and do in London - so don't forget to add these to your itinerary on your next visit to the capital.
Visit famous filming locations
The two-and-a-half-hour James Bond Walking Tour of London, conducted by Brit Movie Tours, will take you to more than 10 different locations featured in the 007 movies. See first-hand the streets of Whitehall, which Daniel Craig raced through during Skyfall’s famous chase scene, and marvel at spy headquarters MI5 and MI6, just to name a few. Visit britmovietours.com to find out more.
Alternatively, pay a visit to the world-renowned O2 Arena – this is where Pierce Brosnan’s Bond took a fall from a hot air balloon in The World Is Not Enough. You can even climb to the top of the iconic landmark to enjoy panoramic views of the city. You’ll be given safety equipment such as boots, a suit, a harness and a latch, so don’t worry about falling off! Learn more at www.theo2.co.uk.
Ogle at Bond cars
The Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum is the biggest-ever display of genuine vehicles from the Bond movies. Among the cars on show are the Aston Martin DB5, Goldfinger’s Rolls-Royce Phantom III and the Lotus Esprit S1 sub from The Spy Who Loved Me. Click through to londonfilmmuseum.com for more info.
Explore the River Thames, spy-style
The Thames has been featured in many Bond movies, including The World Is Not Enough and Spectre. Now, you can cruise along the river, spy-style, with The Ultimate MI6 Spy Experience conducted by Thames RIB Experience. You’ll be in for an adrenaline-filled ride – Bond-themed music will play as you hurtle along the river, while your guide will regale you with fascinating anecdotes about author Ian Fleming and the British Secret Service. Find out more at www.thames.ribexperience.com.
Drink up at the “shaken, not stirred” bar
Dukes Bar in Mayfair’s Dukes Hotel was one of Ian Fleming’s favourite watering holes, and is said to be where he found the inspiration for Bond’s iconic “shaken, not stirred” catchphrase. Be sure to order the “Fleming 89”, a martini concocted as a tribute to the author. Visit www.dukeshotel.com for more info.
Marvel at the toys of the real James Bonds
London’s Imperial War Museum hosts a permanent exhibition, Secret War, revolving around the espionage work of Britain’s Special Forces. The exhibition explores the personal experiences of real-life operatives, and showcases previously classified gadgets, such as encoding devices. Discover more at www.iwm.org.uk.