While our book club has covered many wonderful authors and correlating activities this year,
I have to say this James Bond study has been my favorite so far

It has been ridiculously fun!
Here's the lowdown...

Zipping through London along the River Thames
at a top speed of 35 knots,
this RIB boat ride had us grinning from ear to ear
with a few bugs in our teeth

Vowing to bring our kids next time,
this is the best way to see London from the water


We opted for the James Bond themed ride - Bond music included


Visit tucked-away Duke's Hotel in the heart of London
where Bond's author, Ian Fleming, enjoyed his martinis
and Sean Connery celebrated being cast as James Bond

(also a frequent Bond film location)


Offers afternoon tea and/or martinis concocted from a table-side cart


Celebrating 
'50 Vehicles. 50 Years.',
 is exhibiting the creatively cool collection of
jetpacks, submarines, cars, motorcycles, and flying contraptions
featured in Bond films
(ends January 5, 2014)


A huge hit with my son


Worthy of a standing ovation, Richard Walker's enthusiasm rubbed off on all of us
as we learned the backstory of author Ian Fleming
and true accounts of spies operating in London during his time

A two hour guided walking tour by London Walks


We spied Eon Productions, the film production company producing James Bond film series

Shaken, not stirred...

Lastly, we strutted over to Jack's Lounge in London's Southwark district
for a cocktail class with some friendly competition within our group

Learning about bartender tools and how to properly shake a drink,
 we made yummy Passion Fruit Martinis and 
complicated Flaming Orange Cosmopolitans




Here's a few ideas we didn't get to...

Through Brit Movie Tours
visit Pinewood Studios where many Bond movies have been filmed

Imperial War Museum is hosting Horrible Histories: Spies
as a fun interactive exhibition in London for families
(on my 'must do' list) 

Be a stunt car driver for the day on a challenging specialized track
Give high speed parallel parking a try after you make a reverse spin
Offered by Top Gear's Paul Swift Precision Driving 
near Guildford, Milton Keynes, and Durham
(would be a total blast with my husband)

And there's more!
Find out more about Ian Fleming and Bond in my next post
:)

- photos by me -

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