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Over the past five decades, James Bond has become the ultimate legend. Whether it’s through the books, the games or the films, one cannot ignore – nor frankly be anything other than envious of – the wealth, power and charisma that Bond has at his disposal.
With the upcoming, highly anticipated release of Skyfall, there isn’t a better time to visit DUKES London, where you can take full advantage of a luxury service fit for Bond himself.
Here are a couple of tips for things you can do during your stay at DUKES to make the most of your experience:
Drink Martinis in DUKES Bar
Drinking martinis in DUKES Bar is so significant to Bond culture as this is the exact bar which used to accommodate the late James Bond author Ian Fleming. In fact, the bar is said to have inspired the classic line “shaken, not stirred”.
Find yourself the perfect Bond suit
The interior is not the only thing that makes DUKES Hotel so great – the exterior is great, too! The hotel is located right by Jermyn Street and Bond Street – the perfect place to pick up a suit to make sure you really look the part for your Bond experience.
Track Bond’s latest location
DUKES Hotel isn’t far from Buckingham Palace, where Daniel Craig was most recently seen as 007, surrounded by corgis, as he walked in to pick up the Queen who greeted him with the words “Good evening, Mr Bond”. The pair then boarded a helicopter as Bond escorted Her Majesty to the London Olympic Stadium, just in time to make a dramatic entrance by parachute to the Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Soar the Thames on a License to Thrill!
The License to Thrill boat ride is a high speed boat ride which has been voted as a ‘must do’ experience for all Bond fans! Experience the adrenaline Bond does during his moments of victory as you speed through London, under the capital’s famous bridges, and see London from some very exclusive vantage points. You’ll need to hold on tight during this exhilarating trip to Canary Wharf and back.
Celebrate Bond’s 50th Anniversary in London
There are a number of productions being shown in London to celebrate Bond’s 50th Anniversary. If you’re into music, the production at the Royal Festival Hall is just for you!
The event, which has been timed to correspond with the new Bond film, stars Strictly Come Dancing vocalist Lance Ellington and Mary Carewe, as they come together to bring you 22 of Bond’s most iconic musical numbers, including Goldfinger and Diamonds are Forever
Visit the Bond Exhibition – Designing 007
The London-based multi-arts and conference venue Barbican has recently launched a ‘Designing 007′ exhibition to showcase the creating and development of Bond. It explores a number of features including the craft behind the screen icons, the villains, costumes, gadgets and special effects – just to name a few! This is one attraction you do not want to miss – click here for details.
Branding James Bond
Over the years, James Bond has become so much more than a character – he’s become an institution. If the branding of James Bond is something that takes your interest, head down to Notting Hill, London on 24th October where a lecture named ‘Branding James Bond’ will take you through the branding structure of Bond. You will also get a glass of wine or a soft drink and entry to the museum’s collection of 12,000 branded products.
After a hard day of saving the world, head back to DUKES Hotel, where you will be treated to a menu of irresistible food which Bond himself couldn’t resist. Then wash it down with a martini in DUKES Bar, before getting some well-deserved rest in the beautiful Junior Suite.
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Now is the perfect time to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Britain’s finest secret agent. With the release of the new Skyfall film fast approaching, we think that now is the time to Bond with Dukes.
Once often frequented by Bond author Ian Fleming, DUKES Bar is said to be the inspiration behind one of Bond’s most famous lines, “shaken, not stirred”. Therefore, it would only be appropriate to herald the drink that this phrase was created for, the Classic DUKES cocktail.
We feature a number of Bond themed drinks on our extensive menu, including the Golden Eye and the Fleming ’89, created by our Head Barman Alessandro Palazzi. Made in partnership with Floris, whose “89” cologne was worn by Bond, the martini is the perfect blend of suave and stylish that Bond himself lived up to.
So says Kings Road Rocks writer Chelsea Girl, “Both (the Tiger Tanaka and Ian Fleming’s Classic Vesper) tasted heavenly and were presented so elegantly – exactly what a martini should be about. Each sip was an occasion as each drink oozed style and the integrity of a very good cocktail.” All this can also be enjoyed from our cigar garden, to which Bond was not averse to.
If that’s not enough, why not come to one of our Martini Masterclasses? You will be regaled with tale after tale behind each of the cocktails and learning a few secrets of the trade. You will also be taught to craft your own cocktail and then sample it, all under the supervision of one of our expert barmen. You will then retire to our bar while enjoying canapés and sipping on your cocktails.
DUKES Bar is like no other. Steeped in history and oozing sophistication, it is a must visit for all cocktail lovers and James Bond fans!
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