You may never get a chance to whisk the Queen from Buckingham Palace to the Olympic Stadium, but a visit to Britain offers numerous opportunities to follow in James Bond's footsteps, making like the suave spy he is and taking in the breathtaking scenes that are all in a day's work for 007.
In The World is Not Enough, Bond survives a tussle with an assassin in a scene of high drama along the Thames at what is now called the O2—the iconic white-domed entertainment arena east of Central London. The new tour Up at The O2 allows you to ascend 173 feet to walk on top of The O2, where you can take in 360-degree views across the city from a rooftop platform. For added Bond-style thrills, you can arrive at The O2 in style, along the river in a high-speed boat, or swoop across the Thames from The O2 on a fabulous new cable car.
Beyond London, other dramatic 007 locations include the wonderful Eden Project in Cornwall, the setting for a diamond mine in Die Another Day. In reality, the Eden Project is a stunning, world-renowned nature park dedicated to the planet's ecology, with extraordinary plant life, special events and a cluster of futuristic biome domes to explore. One of the important locations in Bond's latest mission, Skyfall, is the valley of Glen Coe in the Highlands of Scotland, surrounded by magnificent mountains, waterfalls and lochs. It's a stunning place to roam, with some challenging walks for the adventurous.
Of course, 007 enjoys the nightlife when he isn't saving the world, so be sure to visit a few choice nightspots, too. Dukes Bar at the Dukes Hotel on St. James Place is a requisite stop. Not only does Dukes serve some of the best martinis in the world, but Bond-creator Ian Fleming often frequented the spot ("shaken not stirred" originated here). Try a classic vodka or gin martini, or the new Fleming 89, created as an ode to the author and the "89" Floris men's cologne famously worn by Bond. Scott's restaurant in Mayfair was another Fleming haunt, and the rich decor and succulent seafood makes it as sexy a spot as it ever has been.
You'll have to look sharp if you want to really savor Bond's vibe, so gents should head straight to Savile Row, lined with world-famous tailors of impeccable bespoke suits, including Gieves & Hawkes for a more traditional look, or Ozwald Boateng for something more modern. Bond girls should head to Dover Street Market, where they'll find a selection of the world's greatest fashion labels.
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