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the London attractions that meant YOU can live a James Bond lifestyle

October 27th, 2015 by admin | Filed under Blog.
  • A special 007 day was designed for an courageous Travelmail reporter 
  • It enclosed a martini masterclass and an MI6 accommodate with ‘Daniel Craig’
  • Ended with a stay during Dukes Hotel, Mayfair, a favourite of James Bond author Sir Ian Fleming 

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With Spectre set to take a universe by storm, a purpose of an MI6 representative is suggested once again to a masses – in grand style.

From battling baddies, experimenting with gadgets and cosying adult to pleasing women, James Bond leads a life many of us dream of experiencing.

Here Travelmail contributor John Hutchinson reveals that this dream can roughly come loyal if we know where to look. His goal was to believe some thrills and spills in a nation’s capital… and live like Bond for a day.

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The day got off to a grand start as we was picked adult during my home by an Aston Martin

The day got off to a grand start as we was picked adult during my home by an Aston Martin

After being driven to a Albert Embankment in London we was given a tip tip request of missions

After being driven to a Albert Embankment in London we was given a tip tip request of missions

An Aston Martin expostulate to accommodate Daniel Craig

A shrill sound of an engine in my expostulate told me my automobile for a day had arrived. It was Bond’s favourite engine – an Aston Martin.

I was whisked by rush hour in London, weaving in and out of trade in my chauffeur-driven supercar for my initial assembly – with ‘Daniel Craig’ outward a MI6 building.

The expectations of being a tip representative were done transparent to me. He told me how Bond should act and how to welcome all hurdles thrown up.

The goal request was handed over to me outward a MI6 by 'Daniel Craig' himself

The goal request was handed over to me outward a MI6 by ‘Daniel Craig’ himself

Craig (actually a shining lookalike) afterwards handed me a ‘top secret’ request that would exhibit my channel for a day. Apprehension was churned with fad as we straightened my crawl tie, and jumped behind into a Aston Martin to be driven to my initial challenge. But not before a military questioned because we was slow outward a tip service’s headquarters.

Bond was picked adult from home in an Aston Martin and afterwards met ‘Daniel Craig’ outward MI6 who handed over his central Top Secret Mission. You could expostulate an Aston Martin yourself with one of lastminute.com’s pushing days here from £59. 

Swimming with sharks

Bond has encountered sharks before. Remember a pool quarrel in Thunderball in Largo’s mansion? So my initial goal was a lethal float with sharks in a Sea Life Centre on London’s South Bank. 

Sand Tiger Sharks, Black Tip Reef Sharks and Brown Sharks, some measuring as large as 10ft in length, were my adversaries for some 30 mins as we was lowered down into a H2O in a glass-bottomed cage.

It might demeanour like we am study a menu here, though a usually thing on a menu for a sharks was me

It might demeanour like we am study a menu here, though a usually thing on a menu for a sharks was me

The sharks circled around a pool accessible their subsequent dish - that hopefully wouldn't be me

The sharks circled around a pool accessible their subsequent dish – that hopefully wouldn’t be me

The instructor’s recommendation of ‘hold onto a net to get your change underwater,’ was rather unsettling as a monsters of a low constantly brushed past, baring their teeth. 

To get adult tighten and personal to a fearsome creatures was a mesmerising experience, though we couldn’t assistance gripping my eyes peeled on a enclosure to make certain it all remained intact.

It was Bond 1 a sharks 0 as we clambered out of a H2O and transient a encircling killers. 

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Using some excellent swimming skills we avoided apropos a sharks' meal, and done it out of a H2O in one piece

Using some excellent swimming skills we avoided apropos a sharks’ meal, and done it out of a H2O in one piece

High speed vessel follow on a Thames

Many Bond cinema including From Russia with Love, Live and Let Die, The World is Not Enough and Quantum of Solace, underline high speed vessel chases – so my subsequent goal was to run down a Thames on a speedboat.

As a sleet teemed down and a waters became choppier, this was positively going to fit into a ‘thrills and spills category.’

Speeding down a Thames avoiding a baddies was easy for a learned seafarer such as myself

Speeding down a Thames avoiding a baddies was easy for a learned seafarer such as myself

I was flung from side to side in thespian conform on a RIB speedboat during a turn outing to and from a London Eye during Waterloo.

Just past Tower Bridge a speed restrictions on a H2O end, and this gave a skipper Nick a possibility to put his feet down. The debate was expertly commentated by a beam Dave as he prepared us on London’s story and landmarks.

The Bond thesis balance was even bloody out over a boat’s sound complement as we swerved and carried over a waves during 30 knots.

I kept my eyes peeled for any snipers looking to take aim, and done a stable exit from a vessel once moored. 

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The people of London were in stable hands as we stable some of a city's famous landmarks

The people of London were in stable hands as we stable some of a city’s famous landmarks

Lunch during one of Bond’s (and Fleming’s) favourite restaurants

After drying off a tuxedo, it was time for some excellent food and drink, Bond-style. we checked into Ian Fleming’s favourite restaurant, Scotts of Mayfair, that was ordinarily enclosed in his 007 books.

In Diamonds are Forever, Bond pops in here for ‘dressed crab and a pint of Black Velvet’ – Guinness churned with stimulating wine.

While a menu might have altered over a years, a atmosphere and customers stays something Bond would approve of. And so did I.

After lunch it was behind into a Aston Martin and onto some death-defying ice climbs

After lunch it was behind into a Aston Martin and onto some death-defying ice climbs

Ice wall climbing

In a film For Your Eyes Only there is a climbing scene, and as Craig had told me during a start of a day during MI6, we have to welcome challenges, so this was ramped adult with a mark of ice climbing.

Armed with my ice axes and booted with crampons, we scaled an eight-metre high wall, harnessed from a belligerent by my instructor, a entirely likeable Nacho.

Armed with a collection to succeed, a ice wall is located in a heart of Covent Garden

Armed with a collection to succeed, a ice wall is located in a heart of Covent Garden

It was critical to get a technique and movement right if we was to scale a heady heights

It was critical to get a technique and movement right if we was to scale a heady heights

I won’t lie, it’s not easy. But only as Bond would never shirk a challenge, we was in no mood for giving up. Getting your movement going on a stand is hard, anticipating a grooves and precipices even some-more so. But it’s an lovely believe that will put we in a same daredevil joint as Bond.

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Despite being flattering burdensome work, in loyal Bond character i breezed to a limit of a ice wall

Despite being flattering burdensome work, in loyal Bond character i breezed to a limit of a ice wall

GoldFACIAL

It was afterwards time for some RR, to replicate Goldfinger. But this was some-more Goldfacial than Goldfinger (Golden Maharani Facial), finish with a pleasing Bond girl.

I altered into a bath robe, and entered into a pacific and welcoming room, greeted by a pleasing Christina. It was a possibility to get some of that salt from a Thames journey spotless divided as my face was soothed with oils, prohibited compresses and cream after an lovely feet spa.

After an active day personification James Bond, it was time for some rest and relaxation, and to get my really possess golden facial

After an active day personification James Bond, it was time for some rest and relaxation, and to get my really possess golden facial

NO FLY ZONE 

The helicopter float requisitioned in for a afternoon was unfortunately cancelled due to vulnerable drifting conditions.

While it was a risk James Bond would substantially have taken, being incompetent to see a tip of The Shard due to a haze as we sped down a Thames on a jet vessel told me it was substantially in my best interests not to take to a air.

The helicopter believe can be requisitioned here. 

Bond always appears pointy and good groomed, so he would positively approve.

Then it was time for a prominence – a face facade being practical for 30 mins that uses genuine gold.

The prodigy was cold and refreshing, if not a small unnerving as a pulp set.

The 24-carat pristine bullion collagen facade is during a heart of a diagnosis and plumps adult a skin with a pleasing mix of prosperous mixture that deeply hydrate and maintain dull, droughty and some-more mature complexions.

It was critical Bond looked good for a evening’s entertainment.

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Shaken, not stirred

I afterwards enjoyed a cocktail in a famous Dukes Bar within a five-star Dukes Hotel in Mayfair – this is where Ian Fleming coined a tenure ‘shaken not stirred’.

My splash was done in front of me by a eminent master Alessando Palazzi, along with a story doctrine on Ian Fleming and his books. This is also where we stayed a night.

John Hutchinson as James Bond John Hutchinson as James Bond

Settling down to a Martini was each component Bond, before we took to a streets of London dressed to impress

The bar is ornate with 007 novel and paintings, while Palazzi’s believe and passion for all Fleming and Bond is remarkable.

He also forked out a satisfactory few inaccuracies eliminated from a books to a films and a media, though was penetrating to state they weren’t done by ‘your paper’.

A discerning brush of a tuxedo and it was behind into a Aston Martin for some fun and games.

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While not personification for such amounts as Bond did in Casino Royale, a revisit to a Hippodrome was high on a priority list

While not personification for such amounts as Bond did in Casino Royale, a revisit to a Hippodrome was high on a priority list

Casino Royale

Finally it was time to finish a night in loyal Bond style, during a Hippodrome Casino.

I was given lessons on a tables and cooking during Heliot Steak Restaurant.

Then it was time to strike a tables. While we wasn’t entered into any $10m buy-in Texas Hold-em games like Bond was in a stage from Casino Royale, we was assured we could travel out in distinction – and maybe even accommodate my really possess Vesper Lynd.

Sadly conjunction happened, and we motionless to cut my losses. But thankfully during my games on Texas Hold-em and roulette, there was nobody perplexing to poison my drink, and we didn’t have to murder any of my opponents.

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Living like Bond for a day saw me hoard a few looks as we strolled around, photographer in draw gnawing me during a several goal points, not slightest on my assembly with Daniel Craig as we stood on Vauxhall overpass exchanging a china container containing my mission.

From swimming with sharks, to climbing ice walls and speeding down a Thames, a day was exhilarating, though left me doubt how Bond can do it. My bed for a night was tenderly greeted – it’s positively tough work being a special agent.

It was shortly time to call it a night and lapse behind to a 5-star Dukes Hotel Mayfair

It was shortly time to call it a night and lapse behind to a 5-star Dukes Hotel Mayfair


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