The Film Lover’s London Tour
What’s that we spy with our little eye? A chance to follow in the footsteps of Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig and even real spies on a tour of film locations from the Bond empire and true-life espionage hotspots (£25pp from Brit Movie Tours). Not quite luxe enough? Upgrade to a private VIP tour and travel across the capital in a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, Range Rover Vogue SE or Jaguar XJ L – all of which have featured in the films – and add extras like a martini making masterclass or action-adventure (half-day tours from £290 for 1-5 people).
The Plush Private Screening
Warning, slots are booking up fast for this experience at Altitude 360 (a sky-high destination overlooking Westminster, with views the spy himself would swoon over – did we mention they do weddings, too?). Start with a sleek drinks reception, then wine and dine over three gourmet courses before you take in a private screening of Skyfall, complete with an open cocktail bar. (Skyfall packages from £155pp at Altitude 360 run through 4 November).
You can’t earn your Bond stripes without a good pulse-racing chase, and there’s no better place to get your feet wet than on a RIB (that’s ‘rigid inflatable boats’ for the uninitiated) ride down the Thames at up to 35 knots (from £34.95pp at londonribvoyages.com). Or defy gravity atop the 02 – that’s right, you can mount the dome and take in 360-degree views from the summit (from £22pp).
The Ultimate Martinis
Of course, all that climbing and river-blasting can take its toll on one’s dinner jacket. For a more elegant interpretation of life, James-style, you could just order a few rounds of expertly mixed drinks. Try the bar Dukes Hotel (a favourite Fleming haunt back in the day) or The American Bar at The Stafford for Mayfair refinement, or hit up Paramount (positioned at the sky-scraping peak of the Centre Point) for a thoroughly modern cocktail experience.
The All-Weekend Immersion
Prefer your party to come pre-planned, rather than putting the components together yourself? The stag pros at Red 7 have bundled the full spectrum of male Bond-ing into a weekend-long itinerary packed with clubbing, Casino Royale-style gambling and adventure on the Thames (from £197pp including two nights accommodation). Also see packages from chillisauce.co.uk, or check out the Bond-worthy activities (think target shooting and stunt driving) available around the UK at stagweb.co.uk.
Words by Julia Scirrotto