The latest James Bond film Spectre is out! To mark its release, I've pulled together a selection of the best Bond-themed activities for MICE groups in London:
- The filming of Spectre took place at many London landmarks, including City Hall, Westminster Bridge, and MI6's riverside headquarters. The most thrilling way to see them all is by high-speed boat, just like Bond, using the very same boat “Exterminator” that was featured in Spectre, from Thames RIB Experience. Boats seat 12 passengers and can accommodate groups up to 60 people on their fleet of five; tours last one hour.
- The “Bond in Motion” exhibit at the London Film Museum has the largest official collection of original James Bond vehicles on display, and word is they will be adding items from Spectre. Among the numerous vehicles on display include the archetypal Bond car – the Aston Martin DB5, Goldfinger’s Rolls Royce Phantom III, and the submersible Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me. The museum can be rented exclusively after hours for groups up to 350; private group tours for up to 200 can be arranged during the day.
- Brit Movie Tours offers a range of options for groups of Bond fans, and with this latest release they’ve updated the Bond walking tour to finish with a kayak trip into the tunnel used in filming for Spectre, featured as the waterside entrance to Mi6 in the film.
- No Bond experience would be complete without a drink, and a must is Ian Fleming’s favorite haunt that inspired the martini –shaken not stirred—Dukes in Mayfair. The intimate bar in this posh 90-room hotel serves up some of London’s best cocktails; they also have four meeting rooms and private dining. Then head to Rules, the oldest restaurant in London and a bastion of fantastic British food, used as one of the locations for Spectre. Rules offers two small private dining rooms, seating up to 18 guests.