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London Hotels Celebrate "Skyfall" With Bond-Style Cocktails

October 25, 2012 at 1:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's officially cocktail hour in the U.K. so we are perfectly comfortable talking about cocktails. That's right -- it's Bond time, and the latest movie “Skyfall” had its world premiere at London's Royal Albert Hall last night.

As you’d expect, hotels are jumping on the bandwagon with special packages, and, as Bond befits, specialty drinks. Here’s a few places in the British capital for you to do your best “Bond, James Bond” impression.

The city's ultra-expensive Mayfair neighborhood feels like it would be one of Bond’s haunts, and Curzon Street housed MI5’s headquarters for over thirty years after WWII. The Chesterfield Mayfair has put together a James Bond Martini Cocktails Menu, with drinks like The Vesper (gin, vodka, sweet vermouth, and a twisted lemon peel) and Miss Moneypenny (vodka, cointreau, midori with a glace cherry) at £15 ($24) each.

Ian Fleming regularly visited nearby Dukes Hotel, and the hotel has a number of Bond-themed drinks on its menu, including the Fleming ’89 (vodka, chocolate bitters, amber vermouth, and rose liqueur). Not only did Fleming write much of Casino Royale at the hotel, some say this is where he came up with the “shaken, not stirred” martini line.

For a more modern setting, newcomer South Place Hotel in the City has no less than ten specialty drinks, priced at £9.50 ($15). Will you go From Russia With Love (Hendricks, St Germain, rose liqueur, cucumber) or to The Spy Who Loved Me (Bacardi superior, raspberry, honey, lime)?

The Draycott Hotel is going a step further by offering complimentary “Shaken, Not Stirred” martinis to guests from October 25 through November 15, alongside its evening champagne service. Around the corner from Sloane Square, the hotel is set on leafy Cadogan Gardens, with scenes of "Skyfall" shot nearby.

Meanwhile, the Cavendish is looking for James Bond – literally. The hotel is throwing a cocktail party in November and is trying to get as many real-life James Bond’s together as possible. There’ll be plenty of Bond-themed prizes, up to a Bond-themed stay for two. Even if you’re name isn’t James Bond, you can still sign up via the hotel’s Facebook page to take part in the fun.

In case you wanted to recreate the first promotional image of Daniel Craig sitting pensively on the edge of that pool, you'll need to head to the Four Seasons Canary Wharf. Both the hotel's pool and presidential suite feature in the movie, but as these things go in the world of film, it's actually substitute for Shanghai. Set in its own glass pavilion, it’s easy to see though why this riverside pool was chosen, with nighttime views stretching west across the water towards the glittering lights of the city.

Where are you going to get your Bond-drink on? Let us know in the comments!

[Photos: Sony Pictures, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts]

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