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Live like James Bond in London: A guide to style, swanky bars and stunning luxury

24 October 2012
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Throughout its 50 years, London has been at the heart of Bond, the longest running film franchise in history. Home to its creator, Ian Flemming, and of course the MI6 headquarters, the British capital plays host to the high class luxury and adventure celebrated in the extravagant movies.And with the legendary smooth-talking, designer suit wearing secret agent as our inspiration, we explore a luxurious London getaway afloat with speed boats, world-class dining, Aston martins and of course vodka martinis – shaken not stirred.

Dine like the world famous spy Sample the finest seafood at Scott's famous restaurant, and opt for Bond's classic dish of dressed crab and Black velvet. Located in Mayfair and a particular favourite of Flemming's, it offers many of the writer's favourite dishes such as angels on horseback – oysters wrapped in bacon.For other regularly visited restaurants by Bond, try The Ritz and The Wolseley located in Picadilly Circus, or the Ivy for extravagant gourmet cuisine and a truly majestic atmosphere.Be sure to stop off at London Dukes Bar, Ian Flemming's former watering hole and inspiration for the ever so famous martini line. Try a vodka, vesper or gin martini, or even the 'Flemming 89'.

Ride in style around London city The cars in James Bond are almost as legendary as the spy himself. Cruise around London in an Aston martin Volante or stylish BMW and envisage the gripping car chase scenes with the suave spy. Or view the Bond collection at the National Motor Museum and see the AMC hornet in The Man with the Golden Gun or the favourite on-screen vehicle ever, the Lotus submarine car in The Spy Who loved Me where the famous wheels turn into fins.

Where to stay Regular host to royalty and A-list celebrities, the incredible Langham Hotel has also featured in the film phenomenon, Golden Eye. Filming took place in 1995, where the hotel's entrance masqueraded as St Petersburg's Grand Hotel. Or experience the height of comfort and luxury at The Ritz, which appeared in The Man with the Golden Gun and Diamonds are Forever.

Activities fit for a 007 agentRecreate the exhilarating scene from The World Is Not Enough with Scale a London Landmark at the O2 Arena or have the Ultimate MI6 Spy Experience in a speedboat ride through the heart of London.Now that Skyfall has hit the big screen, look out for London landmarks set to appear in the film, such as Buckingham Palace, The National Gallery and the Old Royal Naval college.

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