Channel your inner Bond, villain or Bond girl with these top James Bond inspired cocktails, cabaret and afternoon teas. Watching Spectre is optional, drinking martinis is not.
Mews of Mayfair
Bond Street (0.3 miles)
What: Dine like Bond
Why: Combining two favourite British traditions, Mews of Mayfair, has created the Bond of Bond Street Afternoon Tea which will feature a selection of savouries like Cotswold Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap, scones and a selection of cakes plus Mr Bond’s favourite tipple, the Belvedere 007 Martini. If you’re more into your drinks than cakes then head to the bar for the new range of Bond themed cocktails like Vesper Martini – Gordon’s gin, vodka and Lillet blanc finished with a lemon zest and served in a champagne goblet.
Where: 10 Lancashire Court New Bond Street W1S 1EY
The Perception at W London
Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
What: Spectre Cocktail
Why: To celebrate the unveiling of the latest film Bond film, W London has created the Spectre Cocktail, a suitably stylish drink to toast to the world’s most famous spy. Smooth and sharp with a punchy kick, W London’s mixologists have combined Tanqueray 10 gin and premium Belvedere vodka with plum wine which is topped off with a dash of Vermouth to give the concoction a strong and spicy finish creating a rich and fruity twist on the James Bond classic Martini.
Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF
Jumeirah Carlton Tower
Knightsbridge (0.4 miles)
What: James Bond themed afternoon tea
Why: Eat like a true Bond or Bond girl with the ‘stirred not shaken’ afternoon tea at Jumeirah Carlton Tower serving treats like brioche buns with roast peppered beef, and lemon thyme muffin with smoked salmon and shaved caviar sit proudly. The sweet toothed amongst you will enjoy the ‘From Russia With Love’ raspberry chocolate mousse volcano with matryoshka (Russian doll). Round things off with the apple tonka dome mousse drizzled in salted caramel sauce served, of course, in a mini martini glass.
Where: 1 Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 9PY
London Film Museum
What: The largest collection of original James Bond vehicles
Why: Where would James Bond be without his glamorous vehicles to get him around? Probably stuck on the Victoria line tapping his Oyster card in but that’s no life for a spy. Staying open indefinitely due to its popularity, is the Bond in Motion exhibition displaying the largest collection of original James Bond vehicles in the world. The exhibition features vehicles from SPECTRE as well as the archetypal Bond car, the Aston Martin DB5, Goldfinger’s majestic Rolls-Royce Phantom III and the unforgettable Lotus Esprit S1 submersible from The Spy Who Loved Me.
Where: 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7BN
What: A regular watering hole for Ian Fleming
Why: The man who brought the world’s most favourite spy to life, Ian Fleming, was a regular at the high end bar, where he is said to have been inspired for the classic line, ‘shaken, not stirred’ from his interactions with the bar staff about how to make a martini. Dukes Bar has celebrated this exciting link by creating the Fleming 89, a new martini created in partnership with London-based perfumery Floris, whose “89” Eau de Cologne was famously worn by James Bond. The flavour and smoothness of this martini is a sophisticated complement to the aroma of this quintessentially English gentleman’s fragrance.
Where: Dukes Hotel, 35 St James's Place, London SW1A 1NY
London Cabaret Club
What: James Bond themed cabaret
Why: If there’s one thing James Bond would have a hard time saying no to it would be scantily clad woman, performing a sultry display. Luckily for him (and you) The London Cabaret Club is hosting a series of exciting, performances at the Bloomsbury Ball Room titled, ‘London Never Dies.’ Each show will be filled with glamour, Bollywood dancers, mystery, Geishas, live music and performances based on classic Bond films including You Only Live Twice and From Russia With Love.
Where: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London WC1B 4DA
What: 007 via 108
Why: From Wednesday 21st October – Sunday 1st November, 108 Pantry is holding a James Bond afternoon tea complete with chocolate and matcha tea poker chip cookies, ginger brandy snap cigars and the ultimate Bond drink; the Vesper martini, as invented in Casino Royale. Thankfully there are plenty of sweet and savoury nibbles to soak up this lethal drink; made of three parts Gin, one part Vodka and a half part Lillet Blanc it’s perhaps best saved for the weekend!
What: Bond Girl Cocktails at TwoRuba
Why: What Bond experience would be complete without the enchanting Bond girls? And while we can’t offer actual women, we have the next best thing – cocktails! In homage to the various beauties that have been companions to the world famous spy, TwoRuba has created 3 new cocktails each expressing different connections to the films. The Jill Masterson (above) is a nod to Shirley Eaton’s character who was painted in gold and died as a result. Others include The Kissy Suzuki, inspired by one of the first Asian Bond girls, and recurring Bond character, Vesper Lynd.
Where: 5 Tooley Street, London SE1 2SY
Thames RIB Experience
What: The Ultimate MI6 Spy Experience
Why: Experience a day in the life of Bond and live dangerously with the Ultimate MI6 Spy Experience where guests will get to have an exciting high powered speedboat ride whilst seeing sites like MI5 & MI6 which are featured in the actual films. You will also get to hear about the fascinating world of international espionage plus fascinating anecdotes and true stories about the life and times of author Ian Fleming.
Where: Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, London WC2N 6NU