We asked London journalist and Bond aficionado Phil Boucher to get out his Walther PPK and dust off his license to kill.


Bond In Motion Exhibition

What's it like?Get close to Goldfinger’s Rolls-Royce Phantom, the submersible Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me and Bond's iconic Aston Martin DB5.
It's not just the cars either:Little Nellie the gyrocopter from You Only Live Twice and Pierce Brosnan's jet pack from Die Another Day are also on view, plus wet bikes, speedboats, Tuk Tuks - and a crocodile from Live and Let Die!
Who goes there?Bond fans come here from all over the world.

Bond In Motion

Why I love it:It's the largest collection of Bond vehicles ever assembled in London.


How to find it:45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7BN.
020 78364913London Rib Voyages
What's it like?An adrenaline-fueled 50-minute ride from the MI6 building to Canary Wharf, taking in the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral.

London Rib Voyages

The tour guides are all stand-up comedians with a vast knowledge of London's history – and all the Bond sites along the river.Better still, they play Bond music as you hurtle down the Thames at 30 knots! 

Who goes there?

Thrill seekers looking for a white-knuckle ride that Bond himself would be proud of.Why I Love It:
The tour takes you close to the MI6 building – home of the real-life M.How to find it:
Boarding Gate One, The London Eye, Millennium Pier, SE1 7PB.020 79288933 

Dukes Bar

Dukes BarWhat's it like?

Classic, refined and dangerously cozy, this velvet-draped bar rests in a hidden courtyard in bustling St James's.

Drinking a martini here is something of a ritual: a white-jacketed waiter wheels a small table carrying deep-frozen gin or vodka to your seat.A small dash of vermouth and Amalfi lemon oil is added to your glass before the wickedly strong martini is shaken, not stirred.
Perfect.Who goes there?
Diplomats and businessmen - and maybe the odd secret agent too?Why I Love It

Charing Cross

:Dukes was Ian Fleming's local bar and inspired the "shaken, not stirred" line.

How to find it:

35 St James's Pl, SW1A 1NY.020 74914840.
Dress code smart, casual.Charing Cross Station Tour
What's it like?A haunting glimpse of London's subterranean world via a patchwork of disused Jubilee Line platforms lying silent under the Strand and Trafalgar Square.

Who goes there?Londoners and tourists alike love it for its ability to turn the Tube into a museum piece.It's hugely popular.Nearby Aldwych - which closed in 1994 and inspired Q's workshop in Die Another Day - is a good alternative if you can't get tickets.

Why I Love It: