This Is How You Do London Like James Bond

Be like 007. With the forthcoming release of 'Spectre,' see the cars, buy the shoes and drink the cocktails, as you retrace the footsteps the world's most famous spy.

"Half a pint of orange juice, three eggs, lightly scrambled, with bacon, a double portion of café Espresso with cream. Toast. Marmalade. Got it?"

This is how James Bond orders breakfast in Ian Fleming’s "Live and Let Die", showing he is far more particular about his food than his women. If you’re inspired by the latest Bond film, "Spectre", then why not play at being 007 for the day while in London and start with a traditional English breakfast. The Dorchester is where Bond eats his "favourite meal of the day" in William Boyd’s recent 007 novel, "Solo".

To really understand someone, it’s said you need to walk a mile in their shoes. In 007’s case, these would be by Crockett & Jones. He wears the black calf-leather Camberley boots with two buckles during the Rome funeral scene in "Spectre", and the Norwich shoes during an action sequence in London. The British shoe-maker, established in 1879, also does a fine range of ladies’ shoes for aspiring Jane Bonds. 

Cocktail at Duke's Bar, London, UK
Sip on a Miss Moneypenny cocktail at the famous Duke's Bar (Courtesy Duke's Hotel)

The suits and sunglasses in "Spectre" are by Tom Ford, whose flagship store is in Sloane Square. On your way, stop off for a drink at Dukes Bar on St James’s Place, where Bond creator Ian Fleming acquired the immortal line "Shaken, not stirred". Instead of ordering the classic Bond Martini, you can try the Miss Moneypenny, or the Fleming 89: it was made in conjunction with Floris of London, the Jermyn Street perfumier that in the books supplies Bond with his favourite scent, Floris No 89.

Tempted to splash out on the really big-ticket Bond items? Take a look at Omega’s new Aquaterra Spectre watch, in a limited edition of 15,007 and priced at £4,630.

Aston Martin’s new DB9 GT Bond Edition sports car, in a limited edition of just 150, costs an eye-watering £165,000. More affordable is a first-edition copy of "Octopussy", £65 from the wide range of rare Bond books at Peter Harrington, although the first-edition "Live and Let Die" would leave a bigger dent at £15,000.

Aston Martin at Bond in Motion exhibition, London, UK
Bond's famous Aston Martin, one of many original vehicles at the exhibition Bond In Motion (Courtesy London Film Museum)

See more Bond cars at the London Film Museum, where the exhibition Bond in Motion has been extended long again. As well as the cars from the films, there are submarines, boats and motorcycles, plus recently added vehicles used in Spectre

Next, work out which big-screen Bond you want to emulate by visiting Madame Tussauds, where all six have been newly sculpted and are displayed together for the first time. Thus inspired, you’re ready for some action. 

Sean Connery sculpture at Madame Tussauds, London, UK
Final touches for a new wax model of Sean Connery at Madame Tussauds (courtesy Madame Tussauds)

Take a London Duck James Bond Tour, on which you’ll visit some film locations, plus where Ian Fleming himself lived. And at the end, the Duck Tour’s amphibious vehicle splashes down in the river, opposite the real MI6 building.

Even better, you can recreate Bond’s speed-boat rides along the Thames (there’s another in "Spectre") on the ThamesJet RIB-boat, which performs thrilling "aquabatic" stunts and reaches speeds of 40mph. If you still have the energy, climb up the outside of the O2 Arena in the Up at the O2 experience. When it was still called the Millennium Dome, Pierce Brosnan’s Bond also got to the top, more dramatically, by falling onto it from an exploding hot-air balloon.

Up at the O2, London, UK
Strap on your harness and boots to climb over The O2 (courtesy Up At The O2)

This is London, and the night is yet young. Spend a Bondlike evening in the casino – white tux entirely optional. Head to the Hippodrome on Leicester Square, with four floors of gaming including Casino Royale-style poker on the top balcony.

Gaming floor at Hippodrome Casino, London, UK
Have a late-night flutter at Hippodrome Casino (Courtesy Hippodrome)

Finally, before bed (ideally with a glamorous spy you’ve met at the Baccarat table), celebrate your winnings with a nightcap. Belvedere vodka, Bollinger Champagne, Château Angélus wine and Macallan whisky are featured in "Spectre". Try them all and you’ll really be seeing double … oh seven.