James Bond Loves a Good Breakfast: New Bond Novel Brings 007 Service to The Dorchester
The next time you’re checking into The Dorchester and they ask you to state your name, you could just say, “Bond. James Bond.”
With the release of William Boyd’s new 007 novel, Solo, a few short weeks back, you can—quite literally—insert yourself in the story at The Dorchester. The London hotel is the setting for the opening scene of Boyd’s new Bond book, in which 007 is described as treating himself to a 45th birthday breakfast in 1969. In the book, Bond’s breakfast at The Dorchester consists of “four eggs, scrambled with pepper sprinkled on top, half a dozen rashers of unsmoked bacon, well done, on the side and a long draught of strong black coffee.”
If you order Bond’s birthday breakfast, the hotel will help set the scene by offering you an iPod loaded with hits from the 60s, giving you an extract from a national newspaper and the menu from 1969, and serving your breakfast silver service-style in keeping with the 60s. Once a week, a table will be chosen at random to be charged The Grill's 1969 price, a sum just short of £2 ($2.70).
You can also take in a martini master class at The Bar at The Dorchester with expert alchemist, Giuliano Morandin, who joined the hotel over 30 years ago. In Solo, James Bond drinks his martini to a particular recipe: “ice in the shaker, add a slurp of vermouth, pour out the vermouth, add the gin, shake well, strain into a chilled glass, and add a slice of lemon peel, no pith.”
For the full Solo experience you can stay the night at The Dorchester just like James (and he doesn’t like to sleep alone). By requesting ‘007 Room Service’ you’ll be presented with William Boyd’s book that’s yours to keep, a library set of the Ian Fleming Bond Collection and a martini nightcap to wash all of those words down.
Seasonal room rates for bed and breakfast at the hotel start at £315 ($489). You’ll need to quote ‘007 Room Service’ for complimentary use of the Ian Fleming Library, the Martini nightcap and a copy of Solo. To book Breakfast with Bond at The Grill quote ‘Solo’ when booking.
[Photos: Dorchester Collection]