London with James Bond
Posted on September 28th, 2021
Seven places to fully immerse yourself in 007’s London world…
Head to Dukes, St. James to enjoy a Martini (shaken, not stirred) in the famous bar before continuing your tipple at the Bollinger Bar in Burlington Arcade where the latest installment places you inside the barrel of his gun, taking you closer to the action.
From here you can shop like Bond within Burlington Arcade. Enjoy the array of watches on display at Omega, then into Crockett & Jones to complete any look with the finest English shoes, of which Daniel Craig is a loyal customer.
To eat you must go to none other than Rules of Covent Garden, the oldest bar in London, with its distinguable red interiors which can be seen in Spectre. Alternatively, Scotts of Mayfair, which was adored by Flemming and Bond alike, tucked away behind Piccadilly.
To enjoy art like 007, spend an afternoon in the National Portrait Gallery, specifically go to the Sackler Room. The scene of Skyfall where Q hands over information for a mission was filmed here, and whilst you’re there admire the painting by MW Turner called The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, just as Bond did.
Take to the streets to see where it all started at the MI5 Building on the Thames. Either marvel at it from Millbank or cross Vauxhall Bridge to get a closer look.
Two London addresses were once home to Flemming and supposedly Bond. Discover the Blue Plaque at 22 Ebury Street, Belgravia, where Flemming wrote many of his novels. Before subtly taking a peek into 25 Wellington Square, Chelsea, the address that is the answer to Flemming’s clues of Bond’s home scattered across his novels.
Finally if you fancy getting out of London, head to National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire where you can immerse yourself in the Motor history of Bond in the heart of the New Forest.