James Bond Tour in London
The world’s most famous spy, 007, is a British classic anti-hero. Although his exploits take him all over the world, a lot of James Bond films rely heavily on filming in London. For the true Bond-fans among you, here is a list of some James Bond locations you can visit while in town!
This is a free, self-guided James Bond Tour. If you are considering purchasing the London Pass, please note that it includes both a guided James Bond walking and bus tours. Be sure to check out our other free, self-guided London tours.
Self-Guided James Bond Tour in London
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- Somerset House
Somerset House doubles as the War Office in TND and sees James Bond pulling up outside in his Aston Martin DB5. In Goldeneye the giant centre courtyard nestled in the middle of Somerset House was played off as a courtyard in St. Petersburg! https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/
Nearest Station: Charing Cross or Temple
- The National Gallery
It is here in Room 34 that James Bond first meets Q, who supplies him with a pistol. http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/
Nearest Station: Charing Cross or Leicester Square
Whitehall is the real-life home to British government and has featured in a few Bond films. James Bond has been briefed ‘inside’ these buildings, and the major thoroughfare here was shutdown for the filming of Skyfall, where Bond not only runs down the road past the government buildings, but also stands on the top near the end of the film, overlooking the Whitehall district where he meets Mrs. Moneypenny. Be sure to read our post on 10 Downing Street.
Nearest Station: Charing Cross or Westminster
- The Reform Club
Films: Die Another Day and Quantam of Solace –
James Bond’s fictional club, Blades, first appeared on our screens in DAD where Pierce Brosnan fenced and had a brief conversation with Madonna! In QoS the Reform Club stands in for the Foreign Office. http://www.reformclub.com/home
Nearest Station: Charing Cross, Green Park or Piccadilly Circus
- Vauxhall Cross – The SIS Headquarters
The real home of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, the building at Vauxhall Cross is famous the world over as the home of MI6 in the Bond films. Although destroyed in Skyfall, visitors will still find it standing safely in one piece on the riverbanks of the Thames. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIS_Building
Nearest Station: Vauxhall
And a couple locations that weren’t in films, but still have a place in James Bond history!
- 16 Victoria Square
Bond Connection: Fleming moved into this property in March of 1953 and it was here that he wroted 12 of his James Bond novels, before dying here in 1964.
Nearest Station: Victoria
- Buckingham Palace
Bond Connection: In case you missed the widely-celebrated Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, Daniel Craig as James Bond traveled to Buckingham Palace (read our post). Once inside (followed by a pair of Welsh corgis), he met with the Queen – who then traveled with him to the Olympic Park and then parachuted out of a helicopter into the Olympic Stadium! If you haven’t seen it yet, treat yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AS-dCdYZbo
Nearest Station: Green Park or Victoria
- Duke’s Hotel
Bond Connection: Duke’s Hotel was a popular haunt of Bond creator Ian Fleming. It was at the bar here that Ian first thought of the infamous “shaken, not stirred” line. It’s also said that both Pierce Brosnan and Sean Connery celebrated their casting as James Bond with, of course, a martini. The bar is still open, still pouring martinis, and can be visited by Bond…or civilians just like us. http://www.dukeshotel.com/foodanddrink-dukesbar.php
Nearest Station: Green Park or Piccadilly Circus
- 27 Green Street
Bond Connection: This fabulous townhouse was the birthplace of Ian Fleming on the 28th of May 1908.
Nearest Station: Marble Arch
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