007 experiences to unlock your inner Bond

Date Posted: 03/10/2013

Group travel organisers can opt for a stay at Dukes Hotel, accompanied by a lesson in martini-making.

Pictured: Learn how to make James Bond's favourite drink - a martini - at Dukes Hotel in Mayfair.

With the release of the latest James Bond book Solo and a new series of Fleming coming out later this year, groups can now release their own inner spy with some James Bond-themed activities and trips across England.

A thrill ride on a London speed boat

To get pulses racing, take a ride on a speed boat down the Thames on the London RIB Bond Experience

You can power straight through the heart of London on the river whilst strapped into a twin engine 245hp speedboat. Trained guides will reveal facts and anecdotes about MI5 and MI6 as you speed by the real life HQ of the British Secret Service.

There'll be just enough time to catch your breath after roaring down to the O2 Arena before weaving your way back to a soundtrack of classic Bond music.

A taste of spy life

Try a taste of the spy life at New Spy HQ in Milton Keynes. Courses of various lengths for a range of ages include learning how to use hidden camera and bugging equipment, and how to protect a VIP in a protection scenario.

Further highlights of these ‘spy games’ comprise axe throwing, learning how to use a pistol, firing machine guns and sniper rifles, and taking part in laser tag games.

Learn how to make Bond’s favourite drink

If you fancy a longer Bond excursion, group travel organisers can opt for a stay at Dukes Hotel, accompanied by a lesson in martini-making.

Tucked away behind the grand Georgian facades of Mayfair, Dukes was reportedly Ian Fleming's martini bar of choice, making it a great place to learn how to make one with an expert.

Cocktail connoisseur Alessandro Palazzi can teach you how to make martinis along with other classic tipples, while filling you in on the story behind each cocktail.

Groups can visit Beaulieu National Motor Museum in Hampshire for Bond In Motion

Pictured: The iconcic jaguar that features in Die Another Day.

Discover the history of Bond’s creator

Take a group trip to the Royal Navy Museum in Plymouth for a more sedate look at Bond.

Bond's creator, Sir Ian Fleming, was a British Naval Intelligence Officer himself, and visitors can gain insight into his life and the history of the Royal Navy at the naval base.

An exhibition of Bond vehicles

Groups can visit Beaulieu National Motor Museum in Hampshire for Bond In Motion; an exhibition running until 5th January 2014, showcasing 50 iconic James Bond vehicles which have featured in many of the spy films.

Vehicles include Goldfinger performers, 964 Aston Martin DB5 and the 1937 Phantom lll Rolls-Royce, as well as the Lotus Esprit S1 nicknamed 'Wet Nellie' from The Spy Who Loved Me.

Visitors can also see the Bede Acrostar jet flown in Octopussy, the BMW 750iL from Tomorrow Never Dies, and the original Parahawk (powered parachute) which starred in The World Is Not Enough.

This list of Bond-themed activities was compiled by VisitEngland. Group travel organisers can visit the website of England’s official tourist board for further advice on planning a group visit to any of the featured sites and attractions.

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