This is a guest post by Sohaib
“Vodka martini: shaken, not stirred”. Or a guided tour of a James Bond London through the agent’s eyes, perhaps? Why not both? Go exploring the iconic 007 moments and visiting different sets the Bond movies were shot at.
Hang out at the ‘Universal Exports’ Headquarters
The HQs have been the same since GoldenEye in 1995. Head over to the Thames and see the Vauxhall Cross building to witness where it all happens — the home of MI6. Before 1995, the HQ was filmed at a building somewhere near Whitehall. If you’re lucky, you might just see M in time to give Bond his next mission!
Park your car at the Atlantic Garage
No, it isn’t in Hamburg! The famous escape scene with the remote-control BMW 750 is actually filmed in Brent Cross Shopping Centre’s car park. The stunts in the scene ended up producing more smoke than they anticipated — the fire brigades made it to the set in no time!
Note: the final leap in the scene is actually filmed in the real Hamburg.
Take your date to St. Petersburg Square
Bond’s St. Petersburg Square visit in GoldenEye is actually bang in the centre of London. You may not be able to get into a tank like him and destroy everything in sight, but you can still see the marvel of the set — and it’s quite the romantic one, to be honest. The scene was filmed at the Courtyard, Somerset House on the Strand.
Laugh at the traffic wardens who got splashed
Here’s the link if that doesn’t work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-Tdmxx54PY#t=04m25s
Visit Wapping Lane right after the Strand to see where the traffic wardens were splashed just before Bond goes down the canal with the ‘Q’ Boat in The World is Not Enough. The famous boat chase is claimed to be the best action scene from all the Bond movies. Careful, though, there’s no knowing if you’ll be walking away drenched in water or not!
Suit-up like Bond – Savile Row, City of Westminster, London W1S
What better way does a gentleman express himself than with his suit? Savile Row in the City of Westminster has been home to high quality tailoring for hundreds of years now. It creates the highest quality bespoke material — a quintessential element to an elegant English suit. Bespoke tailors are now recreating James Bond’s suits to be excellent in quality. You won’t only be dressed like Bond; you will be dressed better than Bond!
Have a drink at the Reform Club – 104-105 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5EW
The Reform Gentlemen’s Club is where the famous fencing scene in Die Another Day was shot back in 2002. The Reform is the set for the fictional club ‘Blades’. Blades’ elegance makes it one of the most interesting places to spend an evening. In my opinion, the Reform is the perfect way to end an evening of agent work. After visiting each of these places, I’m sure you can, too, call yourself Bond. James Bond.
Sohaib is a travel writer and adventure enthusiast who currently writes for HotelClub, a website for booking London hotels and more. When he isn’t working hard, you’ll find him roaming the streets of London in his suit, battling the villains of the capital with a license to kill.