CONTENTS - FILM LOCATIONS - WARTIME LOCATIONS - GRAND TOURING - EQUIPMENT - INDEX

Links - London, England

The Palace of Westminster, London, England
Goldfinger (1964) 00:17:54 The Palace of Westminster, London, England.

+ There are many movie locations in London because the movie industry is centered in Los Angeles and in London. The World's finest tailors are concentrated in and around Saville Row. The world's finest shirtmakers are centred in and around Jermyn Street.

- London has a huge variety of foreign restaurants thanks to a history as a port city (the world's largest until 1960) and the huge variety of ships which would call there. The original Chinatown was in Limehouses where at around 1850 the Chinese lived. Censuses tell that there were around 500 of them, who manned restaurants which served Chinese food to Chinese sailors. In 1949 the Chinese embassy staff were given by Mao the choice of being sacked or a transit to Taiwan. They did not find Taiwan attractive and thus the first Chinese restaurants opened in the West End. In the 1960s the ports closed and the Chinese community in Limehouses moved to the West End. If you have experience of genuine Chinese cooking from the Chinese regions such as Szechuan or Yunnan you will find London's Chinese cooking very different because many dishes were invented in London and were unknown in China. This is true for may foreign cuisines.

 

+ RESTAURANTS

- St Moritz Restaurant Link - 159 Wardour Street Wikipedia - Wardour Street, London

- - Home from home for homesick Swiss. Only an oblique connection with film and locations: Trevor Howard Wikipedia - Trevor Howard who played Major Calloway in The Third Man (1949) Wikipedia - The Third Man used to dine here frequently. There is one evening per month when Swiss people from all over London come to dine.

St Moritz, Restaurant, London
The St Moritz Restaurant, Wardour Street Wikipedia - Wardour Street, London, next to the house of Thomas Sheraton Wikipedia - Thomas Sheraton.

- ENRIQUE TOMAS - Also on Wardour Street at number 132 is the delicatessan of Enrique Tomas where you can purchase ham and sausage imported from the Iberian Peninsular. www.enriquetomas.com Wikipedia - Link -

- Café Pélican † on Upper St Martin's Lane on Upper St Martins Lane which was the kingpin of film and media world. Directly to the north west is the area of Soho, which is home to many small production houses and media operations. The Café Pélican was typically French in that you could have anything from an espresso to five course lunch at any time of day. As well as more recognizable figures from film and television, you could see playwrights or teams of producers working on projects while the waiters kept them supplied with sustenance. After the Café Pélican closed, its clientéle dispersed with a portion of them using Le Palais du Jardin on Long Acre. Le Palais du Jardin then closed some years later. It was not until Les Deux Salon opened that a suitable replacement was found. English playright Dennis Potter Wikipedia - Dennis Potter used to write at the Café Pélican and one of his plays was actually set within it. When the plays were televized the actual Café interior was used for some of the shots as well as a studio mock up. English arts commentator Melvyn Bragg Wikipedia - Melvyn Bragg was interviewed in the café for a documentary about French café culture in the 1960s, since the Café Pélican was the only Parisienne café in London.

Café Pélican

Café Pélican

- Les Deux Salon Link - Les Deux Salons - A French restaurant which is around the corner from the old Café Pélican

Les Deux Salon Brasserie, London, England
Les Deux Salons Link - Les Deux Salons Brasserie, London, England. The Brasserie serves US corn-fed beef steaks. Grass-fed beef steak is the norm in England.

 

- Le Caprice Wikipedia - Link - in Arlington Street behind the Hôtel Ritz and in the same location for the last forty years. When Orson Welles was producing a play in London and became ill, he had his meals sent over from Le Caprice on their silver salvers. These he failed to return and the restaurant had to send someone over to his apartment to ask for the return of their silverware.

- L'Ecu de France † at 111 Jermyn Street (closed). Unofficial headquarters of the Free French during WWII, it was bugged by MI5. The tables were fitted with microphones which were wired to recording equipment in a room upstairs. After the war L'Ecu de France became an important meeting place for government, politicians and journalists so MI5 left the bugs in place. It was not until the restaurant closed in the 1980s and MI5 came to remove the recording equipment that it became known that the restaurant had been bugged in the first place.

Restaurant L'Ecu de France, Jermyn Street, London circa 2010
Former location of Restaurant L'Ecu de France, Jermyn Street, London. The camera looks South-West.

 

- El Vino's in Fleet Street - Ian Fleming's favorite watering-hole when he worked at Reuters.

- The Frontline Club and Restaurant Wikipedia - Frontline ClubLink - - Excellent restaurant favored by war correspondents and photographers. Close to the terminus of the fast airport link at Paddington Station Wikipedia - Paddington Station. Restaurant is open to the public but club is for members only. The trophy wall in the club room is the most incredible I have ever seen. One cabinet contains items with bullet holes in them: Items such as mobile telephones, cameras, recording equipment. In each case the bullet struck the equipment and saved the life of the wearer.

- Hôtel Carlton and Carlton Grill †

- - Formerly at the south end of Haymarket on the western side, almost on Pall Mall. The Carlton Grill was the dining room of the magnificent Hotel Carlton, which was managed by Cesar Ritz and its kitchens overseen by none other than the Emporer of chefs-de-cuisine August Escoffier Wikipedia - Auguste Escoffier himself. When Escoffier met his Imperial Majesty Kaiser Willhelm II, his Majesty declared "I am the Emperor of Germany, but you are the Emperor of Chefs."

The Life of Ian Fleming by John Pearson published by Jonathan Cape, 1967, Chapter 09 'Fleming's War':


   Since they built New Zealand House on that corner site where Haymarket sweeps into Pall Mall, the Carlton Grill has become one of the lost landmarks of London. But it really died one night in 1940 when a German thousand-kilo bomb brought the rest of the Carlton Hotel crashing down into its famous gold-and-white interior, burying the rococo side-tables, destroying the big portrait of King Edward VIII as Prince of Wales, and scattering the ghosts of the generals and actors and politicians who had dined and gossiped and plotted here since the turn of the century. Before the war the Carlton Grill, a brisk five-minute walk across the Horse Guards and up the Duke of York steps, was almost an annex of Whitehall, and when the Rear-Admiral decided one May morning in 1939 that the time had come for him to meet Mr Ian Fleming (who had now settled down to stockbroking again after that odd visit to Russia and Poland), the Carlton Grill was the obvious place to suggest. It was sufficiently discreet; the tables were wide enough apart for one not to be overheard; the food and the wines were better than at most of the clubs in Pall Mall or St Jamess. The Rear-Admiral believed in doing things well, and much could depend on this first meeting. A lot of people had taken a lot of trouble finding him the man he needed. The moment had come to look him over.


 

- Scott's Restaurant, Mount Street, Mayfair. Scott's used to be Ian Fleming's favorite restaurant when it was located at the head of Haymarket on Coventry Street. The area become run-down and in the late Sixties, Scott's moved to Mount Street next to the Hôtel Connaught.

Former site of Scotts Restaurant  in Coventry Street, London
Former site of Scott's Restaurant Link - Scotts in Mayfair in Coventry Street, London. Camera looks north. Fleming's table was at the window above the street light. Scott's Restaurant was Fleming's favorite but in 1968 Scott's relocated to an upmarket location in Mount Street, several blocks to the north west, with street dining tables in the summer. The place where Fleming's table stood within the building in Coventry Street is now (2008) an office storeroom. Scott's decision to relocate was a good one because the Coventry Street area drifted down-market.

Looking south down Haymarket from Coventry Street
The view from Bond's restaurant table (south) down Haymarket. To the left of frame, Coventry Street continues into Leicester Square. Piccadilly Circus is just visible far right of frame, with the entry of Piccadilly Street into Piccadilly Circus. You can see Piccadilly Circus in both The Ipcress File (1965) and A Dandy in Aspic (1968)

 

Fleming mention's Scott's restaurant by name in Diamonds are Forever (1956)

Bond's face relaxed.

"Come on, Bill," he said. "If that's all there is to it, I'll buy you lunch. It's my turn and I feel like celebrating. No more paperwork this summer. I'll take you to Scotts' and we'll have some of their dressed crab and a pint of black velvet. You've taken a load off my mind. I thought there might be some ghastly snag about this job."

"All right, blast you."

 

 

Scott's is also mentioned in the script of The Great Escape (1963) Link - The Great Escape - Script, when the tunnelers are preparing to escape through the tunnel.

          

From the script of The Great Escape (1963) Link - The Great Escape - Script,

Right. You go first, Eric.

I'm staying here till we get moving.

- See you in Piccadilly.

- Scott's Bar.

Right.

 

Former site of Scotts Restaurant in Coventry Street, London
Former site of Scott's Restaurant Link - Scotts in Mayfair in Coventry Street, London. Camera looks north. Scott's Restaurant was Fleming's favorite but in the early Seventies it removed to a far more Ian Fleming standard location in Mount Street, Mayfair Wikipedia - Mayfair, several blocks to the north west. Fleming mentions Scott's in Moonraker (1955)

In The Life of Ian Fleming by John Pearson, Pearson relates in incident at Scotts early in the war:


   Usually he would reply by pulling one of his own unique ideas out of the hat. Sometimes it worked. One which did not was the lunch party he gave at Scotts Restaurant in Piccadilly early in the war. In those days Albert Baker, Scotts head waiter, knew Fleming by sight as an occasional customer. One lunch-time Fleming arrived in civilian clothes with three other men and took a table in the grill-room. Baker began to get suspicious, for there was something disconcerting about two of Mr Flemings guests. Their clothes did not fit them and they looked ill at ease. Somehow they were noticeably out of their element. Fleming gave the order, chose the wine, and called for large whiskies as an apritif; the two awkward guests remained mum. But soon the whole group were talking animatedly, and when Albert Baker served the second course he heard something of their conversation. As he said afterwards, you can recognize German without necessarily understanding it, and ordinary people dont chat away to each other in German in the heart of London in the middle of a world war. Before he served the cheese Albert Baker did his duty. He telephoned Scotland Yard.     Fleming and the three other men drank a lot and finished up with coffee and large brandies. Then just when the grill-room was preparing to close a number of fresh faces appeared at the tables round about, ordering drinks and studying the menu in a constrained fashion. They were not the faces of late lunchers. They were the faces of detectives, and they were there to try to listen to the conversation of the quartet. When the four men left the detectives left too, walking smartly out of the restaurant into crowded Coventry Street.

 

Scott's Restaurant Mayfair
Scott's Restaurant on Mount Street in Mayfair. You will certainly meet an Ian Fleming crowd there now. Sir Roger Moore is a regular. Also AA Gill. The Connaught Hôtel Wikipedia - Connaught is a few doors to the east. Behind the camera is the small churchyard and park where spy Kim Philby used to leave his drop for his Soviet handler.

From The Richard Burton Diaries by Chris Williams: 1975-JUN-14 Burton dines at Scott's Restaurant, now in Mayfair.

 

Friday 14th Saw F. R. Hauser and Alex Cohen at 10. 102 Stayed about one hour. Said I would read play Kean again down in the country. 103 Frank seems much the same. [...] Am thinking of coming back here to live. Haven't told E this though! Must find out about tax. Decision made to fire Gavin. When? Quite impossible PR man and useless secretary. Gets into panics about everything. No sense of humour either. [...] Slept like top but have cold caught from baby Naomi. 104 E's very bad. Had dinner at Scott's. 105 [...]

 

Dita von Teese leaves Scotts Restaurant, Mount Street, London, in November 2013
The utterly divine Dita von Teese leaves Scotts looking like she has enjoyed a glass of champagne, or two.

 

 

- www.stchristophersplace.com - Inexpensive restaurants

 

 

 

+ COFFEE Wikipedia - Coffee

- Single-estate coffees are the single-malt Scotch whisky Wikipedia - Scotch Whisky. Single-malt whisky from Scotland is whisky made from a single distillation as opposed to blended whisky which is made from a blend of single malts. Single malt whisky will have the distinctive characteristics of its components from which it was fermented, especially the water supply used. Single-estate coffees are coffee beans drawn from one estate, with its particular soils and micro-climate. The coffee will have a distinctive flavor. Coffee beans which are indifferent or inferior may be sold-on and then blended with other coffee beans. The blender of the coffee may be trying to achieve a particular effect or may just produce indifferent coffee. The branded ground coffee you see vacuum packed on supermarket shelves is of this type.

If I had no fixed idea on coffee and just wished to purchase something nice then I would start at Monmouth Street Coffee Company, and sample a few of their single estate coffees according to the recommendation of the attendants. Strong dark coffees from single-estates are particularly hard to find and you may have to resort to a blend which Monmouth may not have. In which case you can proceed to the Algerian Coffee House.

All of these companies will ship coffee to you which can be very useful as coffee, like books and writing paper, is heavy to travel with.

- Algerian Coffee House Link - Algerian Coffee House - Old Compton Street - Soho. Useful supplier of coffees. No café on the premises but they will brew you a take-out. Overseas mail order service.

- Wakefield Coffee Traders Link - - Wholesale only and not open to the public. A good source of coffee intelligence. Wakefield supply many Gourmet coffee dealers and retailers around the world although the gourmets in question will not always make that known to you. Their offices are an Aladdin's Den of Coffee sampling and roasting machinery. They deal only with other traders, not members of the public. Their website is useful for gaining a view on which areas of the world are supplying coffees and which areas are having difficulty supplying coffee due to weather or political conditions. There is a certain irony in being up-country in a coffee producing region and unable to get a decent cup of coffee. Then having to rely on your own supply of coffee which you have brought all the way from Europa.

- Monmouth Coffee Company Link - on Monmouth Street. A gourmet coffee retailer with a small café on the premises. A useful destination for taking a coffee break. Monmouth tend to have a large selection of single-estate coffees. I would call there first. WARNING: I have seen professional pick-pockets (who work in pairs) standing opposite the window of Monmouth St Coffee Company, watching to see which side of their coat men reach for their wallets. They then position themselves further down the street and wait for you. Professional pick-pockets have a bag which is slung across their shoulders and hangs (open) at their waist just at the height they normally carry their hands.

Monmouth Street Coffee Company
Monmouth Coffee Company on Monmouth Street. Parking in London is best avoided unless it is only for a few minutes such as this. As a matter of policy, ditch the automobile somewhere safe for the day and proceed on foot and public transport.

 

+ CLUBS

- Link - New Sheridan Club www.newsheridanclub.co.uk - New Sheridan Club - Social events for gentlepersons

- Travellers Club Link - - Members Only. Home of the Adventurous. Civilization from a Bye-Gone Age.

- The Frontline Club and Restaurant Wikipedia - Frontline ClubLink - . Membership is open to war correspondents and journalists. The restaurant is open to the public.

- Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall.

 

+ CLOTH

+ The London Lounge Link - - Invaluable resource for those seeking fine cloth.

+ CLOTH: When attempting to purchase cloth around Saville Row and Regent Street, be aware that the shops who sell cloth and the tailors who advertise cloth for sale will attempt to rip you off shamelessly. I have been asked for three times the market rate for some cloth. Presumably the traders have become used to ripping off Japanese tourists. To avoid this, find out the market rate of the cloth you are aiming to purchase before you go shopping for cloth then if the price quoted does not meet your expectations, walk away. In all things 'negotiation from a position of strength'. Try www.thelondonlounge.net for advice.

+ CLOTH: Do not forget to visit the cloth department at Liberty's department store on Regent Street. Cheaper non-suiting cloths can be found on Berwick Street, as well as specialist silk shops. Obviously, the best place to buy silk is Bangkok.

+ TAILORING - PURCHASE OF CLOTH - Note that many tailors in and around Saville Row and Jermyn Street will advertize "cloth for sale" in their windows. On most occasions, they will attempt to charge you something like three times the market price for that cloth. There is little you can do to circumvent this profiteering but make sure that you know the market price of the cloth which you are purchasing in advance, then when they respond to your question regarding price, you casn ask them "Why is it three times the price ?".

- Inexpensive cloth of all types and many specialist types of cloth can be found on Berwick Street in Soho.

 

+ BUTTONS

- www.thebuttonqueen.co.uk - If you are sourcing buttons, especially unusual buttons, then this is the specialist shop to use.

 

+ SHIRTMAKERS

- Turnbull & Asser Wikipedia - Link - . Turnbull & Asser use Egyptian Cotton two-fold 200s manufactured by Swiss weaver Aluho. Many Jermyn Street shirtmakers use traditional Lanchashire made cotton from www.acornfabrics.co.uk. Remember that the center of World cotton production used to be in the north of England in Lancashire and Yorkshire until the early 1960s.

Turnbull & Asser: Mr Fish fits Sean Connery for his shirts
Turnbull & Asser: Mr Fish fits Sean Connery for his shirts

 

Connery's shirts were fitted by Mr Fish Link - Blogspot Dandy in Aspic Mr Fish at Jermyn Street stalwart Turnbull & Asser.

Turnbull and Asser compliments slip showing the royal warrant and informing addressee of the readiness of their order

 

Turnbull & Asser: Mr Fish fits Sean Connery for his shirts
Turnbull & Asser: Mr Fish

 

Turnbull & Asser: Mr Fish fits Sean Connery for his shirts
Turnbull & Asser: Mr Fish fits Sean Connery for his shirts

 

+ TIES

- My personal preference for ties is Jermyn Street's T.J.Lewin.

- BOW-TIE : The best bow-ties I have found are made by Mikail at La Bowtique. I had not realised how ordinary (or sometimes deficient) even Jermyn Street sourced bow-ties were compared to ties hand-made in silk from Como. Mikail will manufacture ties to your own dimensions. Link - www.labowtique.com www.labowtique.com . If you have to attend an Oscar ceremony or a movie premiere then this is the place to go for your bow tie.

 

 

+ TAILORS

- Saville Row Wikipedia - : The center of the tailoring world.

- Douglas Hayward. Hayward made a name for himself in the 1960s and constructed the suits which Michael Caine wore in The Italian Job (1969)

Sir Michael Caine at the Royal Lancaster Hotel
Michael Caine had Charlie Croker's suits made by tailor Douglas Hayward. Hayward has set up on his own in 1967 and quickly established a large client list populated by actors and entertainers. Hayward's shop became a place for celebrities to socialize and Hayward himself found himself included socially by his client list. Douglas Hayward has now (2014) opened on Mount Street opposite Scott's Restaurant.

Douglas Hayward, Mount Street shop
Douglas Hayward on Mount Street, opposite Scotts Restaurant.

 

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- Anthony Sinclair . Anthony Sinclair was tailor to director Terence Young, hence Connery being sent to them for his suits.

Anthony Sinclair fits Sean Connery for a suit
Anthony Sinclair fits Sean Connery for a suit for Dr No (1962).

Sean Connery at a fitting

 

- Connock & Lockie

Connock and Lockie, tailors, letterheading
Letter heading of Connock and Lockie, tailors, who used to have their shop at 9 Sicilian Avenue, on the route from Holborn subway stop to the British Museum Wikipedia - British Museum.

Note the telegraph address Wikipedia - Telegraphic Address  Wikipedia - Telegram Style : WETRISISTA LONDON WC1. Companies could register telegraphic addresses in the same one that they can buy internet domain names. This enabled rapid addressing of telegrams and cables to the company without the sender having to spell out the full address of the recipient. Naturally, companies were creative with their telegraph names. Mauser-Werke Wikipedia - Mauser used PARABELLUM as their telegraphic address, after the Latin, for example. The sample of cloth attached to the letter heading is Indian Whipcord, which Connock and Lockie used to have made for use in their driving coats and riding macintoshes. The shop of Connock and Lockie was like the set of a Sherlock Holmes movie and a delight to visit.

 

+ UMBRELLAS

- UMBRELLAS - James Smith Umbrellas - James Smith will make umbrellas to your specifications and to a length adjusted to your stature. Founded in 1830, they have only been in the present premises since 1857. They will also accept Q-branch type commissions. Their shop interior looks like it was used as the set of an Arthur Conan-Doyle novel. They are just south of the British Museum on New Oxford Street.

James Smith Umbrellas of New Oxford Street

James Smith and Sons, New Oxford Street

 

+ HATS

- James Lock Wikipedia - James Lock the Hatters are on St James's Street. They are the most senior and most important hatters on the globe. Their client list list's like Who's Who: : Beau Brummel, Emporer Napoleon III, George IV as Prince Regent, Oscar Wilde through to Evelyn Waugh, Frank Sinatra, Sir Lawrence Olivier.

- Cinema Retro Wikipedia - Cinema Retro Link - Cinema Retro Magazine Link - Cinema Retro Twitter Feed report that James Bond's Trilby in Dr No (1962) was a model called Sandown which was purchased from James Lock.

- Herbert Johnson Wikipedia - Link - Herbert Johnson, another important hatter, supplied Indiana Jones with his hat Link - Herbet Johnson Indiana Jones Hat

 

+ WINES;

- Berry Brothers & Rudd. No point listing the client list because there is noone who was anyone in the last two hundred years who is not on it. There are deep cellars and an underground passageway two storeys below ground which leads under Pall Mall into the cellars of St James's Palace.

 

+ CIGARS

- London is on par with Geneva when it comes to cigars.

- - Davidoff Wikipedia - Link - , on the corner of Jermyn Street and St James's Street. This shop was founded and is run by a Persian emigre who fled the revolution in 1979. I have to admit that Davidoff is my favorite cigar shop. You can find Senior Service Wikipedia - Senior Service Wikipedia - Senior Service cigarettes here, which are not easy to locate.
   The Davidoff store also runs the humidor and smoking room at the Hôtel Bulgari Wikipedia - Link -

- - Link - cigar merchants James J Fox incorporting Robert Lewis James J. Fox / Robert Lewis, on St James's Street. Winston S. Churchill opened his account here at Robert Lewis in 1900. Oscar Wilde's account is still unpaid. James J. Fox also has a smoking room upstairs where you can light up and sample their cigars before purchase. They have a complimentary coffee machine and bottled water, which you require when you are smoking. This room can become quite busy and is a good place for meeting cigar aficionados and other civil company.

- - Suatter Wikipedia - Link - on Mount Street 

- - Alfred Dunhill Wikipedia - Link - just north of Berkeley Square on Davies Street. Superb humidor room, complete with cigar keeps (small lockers like a safe deposit vault for clients to keep their cigars within). The room with the keeps within it is in a strong rom off the humidor room itself and is behind a heavy 18thC wrought iron door which was installed when the house was originally built. It is the only free-standing house in Mayfair and formerly belonging to the Duke of Windsor before being acquired by Alfred Dunhill. Also a covered outdoor smoking area.

- - Hôtel Lainsborough Wikipedia - Link - at Duke of Wellington Place (south end of Park Lane) has an outdoor/indoor smoking room and a respectable humidor. The smoking room is open from 16:00HRS

 

+ SCENT - PERFUME - AFTERSHAVE

- Floris Wikipedia - Link - on Jermyn Street. Floris has been trading at the same address for 280 years. Marilyn Monroe ordered Floris Rose Germanium shipped to the # Beverly Hills Hôtel. Ian Fleming used to wear 'Floris No 89'. Fleming mentions Floris in Dr No (1958).

- Penhaligon Wikipedia - Link - . In 1902, Penhaligon's 'Blenheim Bouquet' was created for the dashing 9th Duke of Marlborough, George Spencer-Churchill, (the family seat of the Dukes of Marlborough is Blenheim Palace who married American heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt. Just to show you, many years ago, without knowing anything of the history of Penhaligons, in a blind testing, I selected Blenheim Bouquet as my own scent.
   Their main store is in Covent Garden. Unfortunately there were bombed out of their original Jermyn Street premises by a German parachute mine in 1941.

 

+ LUGGAGE

- See Luggage .

- - The world's premiere makers of luggage are centered in London, namely, Tanner Krolle, Swaine Aideney, Globetrotter, Barrow & Gale do not have a shop and their workshop is in SE1. The major French manufacturers of trunks all have representative offices in London.

 

+ BOOTS & SHOES

- Lobbs Link -

- Ducker & Son Link - Ducker & Son

 

+ STATIONARY

- Smythson's of Bond Street. Bespoke stationary www.smythson.com .

- www.store.falkiners.com - Specialist papers

 

+ PENS

- Penfriend in Burlington Arcade off Burlington Gardens

 

+ MAPS

- Stanfords of Long Acre Street www.Standfords.co.uk

 

+ WRIST-WATCHES

- All the major Swiss and German houses are represented in and around Bond Street. The wrist-watch department at Harrod's department store in Brompton contains perhaps the largest number of brands of wrist-watches in the World. There are several independent dealers in the arcades off Bond Street.

 

+ REFRESHMENT

- Refreshment stops can best be achieved in London by calling at the major art galleries museums and some churches such as St Martins-in-the-Fields and St Pauls Cathedral

The National Gallery Wikipedia - , The National Portrait Gallery Wikipedia - , The British Museum Wikipedia - British Museum, St Martins-in-the-Fields Wikipedia - , The Tate Gallery Wikipedia - , The Royal Academy of the Arts Wikipedia - Royal Academy, the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral Wikipedia - , the Victoria and Albert Museum Wikipedia - .

- - AVOID: Avoid refreshment at the Royal Albert Hall Wikipedia - because (1) the coffee is foul (I have seen someone go outside and spit it out) (2) the prices are very expensive. You are better going to Starbucks at any of the three nearby London Underground stations or going to the Victoria and Albert Museum.

- - AVOID; Ironically for our purposes, it is best to avoid the National Film Theatre at the South Bank Centre of the Arts. The service is spectacularly slow even for a cup of coffee. I have timed the difference and it is quicker to walk back across the footbridge to Starbucks just on the north bank of the river on the north side of Embankment Subway Station, purchase your coffee and walk all the way back to the National Film Theatre café. Furthermore, the staff are lazy and seem to stir themselves to activity only when they wish to irritate a customer in some way (I have actually witnessed this, twice). Matters are not helped by (or indeed may actually be caused by) the fact that the manager seems to hire the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert as serving staff. It's different ones all the time but same movie.

- - AVOID: At the NFT: If you wish to dine, go and dine in one of the many restaurants within a few hundred meters. If you need to drink coffee go next door to one of the cafés which serve the other arts centers or make speed for Starbucks back across the footbridge at Embankment Subway station. If you do have the misfortune to take coffee at the NFT, then be aware (2010) that when ordering coffee, the servant will ask you if you are drinking your coffee inside the building or at the tables outside. This is because they give only proper china cups and saucers to those drinking coffee inside the building. Be sure to tell him that you are to drink your coffee inside the building in order that he then gives you a proper cup and saucer. Intelligence received as of 2013: The National Film Theatre has had yet another refurbishment and reorganisation. No indication yet on whether you can get coffee at better than glacial speed or whether they have stopped hiring staff who only stir themselves to activity when they wish to be irritating.

+ PUBLIC HOUSES & BARS

- The highest concentration of public houses used to be in Fleet Street because the newspaper industry was located there. In the 1980s labor reforms meant that the newspaper industry dispersed to new premies and the pub trade suffered accordingly.

Peter O'Toole and Jeffery Barnard seated at a table outside the Coach and Horses Inn, Soho, London GB smoking Senior Service cigarettes
Peter O'Toole and Jeffery Bernard Wikipedia - Jeffery Bernard seated at a table outside the Coach and Horses Inn Wikipedia - , Soho, London GB smoking Peter O'Toole's trademark Senior Service cigarettes. The Coach and Horses is a haunt for literarti, thespians, and press. Together with the Fitzroy Tavern Wikipedia - Fitzroy Tavern it is one of the two most important public houses in London.

- - The story goes that Peter O'Toole was drinking at lunchtime in the Coach and Horses public house in Soho. He struck up a conversation with another drunk and together they entertained each other. Finally they decided they could go and see a show or catch a movie. They arrived in the theater. Half way through the performance, Peter O'Toole nudges his friend and says, "You'll like this bit, I'm on next", at which he suddenly realised he was meant to be on stage.

- Classic Cafés Link - Classic Cafés in London. A guide to historic cafés

- The American Bar, Hôtel Savoy, London ; The Savoy is on the Strand Street and it is to this entrance you should go to if you are going to the American Bar.

 

+ HÔTELS

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+ TRAVEL IN AND AROUND LONDON

+ CAR HIRE

- Civilised Car Hire Link - Civilized Car Hire - Car Hire in London - Civilised Car Hire does a lot of business with the movie industry in and around London, from crew transport through to high performance cars such as Porsche and Ferrari as well as limousines complete with drivers. I have used them when I have had to travel outside of London to visit locations. Their office is a useful source of movie industry intelligence.

- Mini Cooper hire in London - www.smallcarBIGCITY.com

- SUBWAY: When visiting London and using the subway, try to avoid using the electronic tickets which are troublesome. Purchase paper tickets where possible. The daily pass for the whole subway system is a paper ticket, but the weekly pass is an electronic ticket (for which you need a passport photograph). If you do use an electronic ticket when filling the electronic ticket with money, obtain a printed receipt and write on the receipt what you paid for, ie a single journey, a return journey, a day pass or a week pass. This is because the person serving can make mistakes and then you have the wrong ticket on your electronic pass.

- A bicycle can be the fastest form of transport under some conditions. London has plenty of bicycle shops as well as a bicycle hire system which accepts credit cards.

- Taxis: There are several iPhone apps which will summon a cab to your location.

- If using the original taxis, the black licensed Hackney Carriage, then make sure you carry the exact change. Remember that in the last thirty years, a lot of taxi drivers are immigrants which means that you have to exercise more vigilance than previously.

1960s: London Piccadilly Circus. A Hackney Carriage taxi drives north toward Regent Street
The Saint (1962-1969): London in the early 1960s. A Hackney Carriage, which is a taxi, or 'black cab', drives north toward Regent Street in Piccadilly Circus.

Surveillance footage of an agent in London at Piccadilly circus from the movie Scorpio (1973)
Scorpio (1973) Surveillance footage of an agent in London at Piccadilly CircusWikipedia - . The lens looks toward Coventry Street from the corner of Regent Street.

Regent StreetWikipedia - is to the left running away behind the camera. Directly mid right of frame is the Statue of Eros fountain in the center of Piccadilly Circus. The opening seconds of The Ipcress File (1968) Wikipedia - follow an automobile from Piccadilly Street Wikipedia - (around to the right out of frame) through Piccadilly Circus and up Regent Street to the left out of frame running away behind the camera. There is also a scene in A Dandy in Aspic (1968) Wikipedia - A Dandy in Aspic which takes place at the Cafe de Paris Wikipedia - which is just across the road to the left, out of frame. "It is said..." by Londoners that if you stood in Piccadilly Circus long enough, the entire population of the world would pass by.

- AVOID: Bicycle rickshaw 'taxis'. If it is an emergency then you end up using one make sure that you agree on the price first, and that you are carrying the exact change. Beware that they will agree one price at the start on the journey and then claim at the end of the journey that it was 'per person'.

- Parking: If you have to drive then there are iPhone apps which you can purchase which will find parking for your car, as well as the following websites www.find-freeparking.co.uk , www.park-up.com , www.parkopedia.co.uk . London is the most difficult city in Europe to park within.

+ NIGHTLIFE

- Night-clubs/Discotheques - Like any large city London has many but if nightclubs are your interest be aware that doormen in London make patrons queue up outside the entrance on the pavement even when the venue is nearly empty. This is advertize their venue to passing traffic. The (original) Hard Rock Café on Piccadilly used to do this but may have stopped due to negative press comment. The more upscale nightclubs (West End) do not make people queue up outside because their patrons are high-rollers who would take their custom elsewhere in a heartbeat if they were inconvenienced.

- Be aware that some of the nightclubs in peripheral areas (outside the upscale West-End) will demand that your produce photograph ID and then that you allow them to scan that ID. I suggest you avoid any nightclub which does this because it means they are having problems with drug-related violence and gangs.

- In up-scale West-End night-clubs, if you order a magnum of Champagne (or larger) or a large bottle of spirits then make sure that it is delivered to your table unopened and is opened at your table. A couple of these establishments have been caught on camera re-filling empty magnums of champagne with Prosecco and magnums of 'Grey Goose' vodka with cheap supermarket vodka.

- Also be aware that for some reason the control of the door is delegated to a security guard, whose primary function is to turn away drunks. Unfortunately they are also delegated with the filtering of customers according to instructions given by the management. This means that you have an individual who is on minimum wage when he really needs to be a first-class maitre-d'hotel. This can lead to the right sort of people being turned away or even the wrong sort of people admitted. There is not much you can do about it from here so the best approach is to form Plan A, Plan B, Plan C and then cascade through each plan accordingly. Check carefully on the website of the venue in question for details as to dress code. Normally these are misleading. Search on the internet for what has been written by previous guests. Or seek advice from those who frequent these venues.

+ Tipping: - Tipping is not like it is Stateside. In London some people tip, some people do not. Sometimes service is marked up in the bill and included. Cheeky restaurateurs in the uptown restaurants will attempt to keep hold of the change if you pay by cash, thinking that upscale diners will not be small enough to ask for their change. In the cheaper restaurants, the restaurateurs will attempt to pay their staff as little as possible by encouraging them to squeeze as many tips out of the diners as possible. Always hand over tips in cash notes if you wish to tip because unscruplous restaurateurs have been caught creaming off the tips paid by card and retaining them. Since the Wall came down, London's serving staff is nearly almost all from Eastern Europe. There are now many more cases of waiters trying to keep hold of your change as a tip than there used to be. Or adding 'service' to a bill. Keep your eyes peeled, always object.

 

- AVOID: Flying Ryanair to the UK Link - . See the raft of complaints in the press.

 

+ Goodwood; If you are in London and visiting one of the racing events at Goodwood then travel arrangements need careful planning if you are to avoid one of the world's largest traffic jams. If you drive directly to Goodwood then you will meet the queue for the races about half way there. It is better to drive directly west then directly south or directly south then directly west. It is possible to approach Goodwood via train and bus.

 

 

 

+ SEE ALSO

- EON Productions at 138 Piccadilly

- Pinewood Studios, at Iver Heath, West of London.

- Grave of Richard Seaman at Putney Vale Cemetery, West London.

- The Italian Job (1969)

- The Ipcress File (1965)

- The Saint (1962-1969)

- The Persuaders! (1971) particularly Episode 03

- A Dandy in Aspic (1968) - Locations along the old dockfront in the Pool of London

- Johnny English (2003) - Locations in the City of London and on the southern edge of Hyde Park

- Night of the Demon (1957) Wikipedia - - Locations at the Savoy Hotel on the Strand

- Notting Hill (1999)

- Moonraker (1955). Fleming's novel takes place in London.

- Locations Rennsport England

- London ; Big Ben ; Tower Bridge ; London Bridge

- Links for use in Los Angeles CA

- Links for use in Paris

- Links for use in Berlin

 

 

+ EXTERNAL LINKS

+ James Bond in London Link - James Bond in London

+ James Bond and makers of leather luggage in London

- www.tfl.gov.uk/cabwise for nearest cab TEXT CAB to 60835

- Link - Daily Telegraph travel news - Rip-offs at airports Pitfalls of travel to England

- London Cocktail week https://drinkup.london/cocktailweek/

- Cornellison Link - Cornelissen Art Supply House. Artists supply since 1855. Just to the East of the British Museum.

 

 

+ MAPS

- The map required for finding your way around London is the Geographer's A-Z of London referred to as an Ay-to-Zed. They are available in various editions but if you are visiting London for the first time then there are ring-bound editions which you can use to keep open on the page you are walking upon and refer to while walking along.

 

 

+ BIBLIOGRAPHY

- A New Book about London by Leopold Wagner published by E.P. Dutton & Co New York 1921

- The Perfect Gentleman by James Sherwood published by Thames & Hudson 2014 ISBN 9780500516317- Superb guide to London's foremost brands. Do not go shopping in London without first reading this book.

- A Spy's London by Roy Berkeley

A Spy's London

- James Bond's London by Gary Giblin ISBN 097131339-X published by Daleon. Offers a comprehensive guide to all locations used in the films, in Fleming's novels and by Fleming himself. Very useful for dining out.

James Bond's London by Gary GiblinJames Bond's London by Gary Giblin

 

 

 

They were not Divided (1950)
A scene from They were not Divided (1950): Westminster Bridge and Big Ben

Iranian Embassy at Queens Gate, London, England
The Iranian Embassy at Queen's Gate, scene of the siege and SAS rescue Wikipedia - Iranian Embassy Siege. The building displays the green-white-red flag over the doorway, center-frame.

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor at Westminster Bridge
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor at Westminster Bridge

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor outside 40 Great Marlborough Street just past Liberty's Department Store
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor outside 40 Great Marlborough Street just past Liberty's Department Store which is on Regent Street.

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor

 

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor  on their yacht Kalizma moored at Tower Bridge
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor at Tower pier on the yacht Beatrix of Bolivia moored at Tower Bridge 1968 while filming Where Eagles Dare (1968) at Borehamwood.

 

1962 Pool of London, Kodachrome slide. A vessel of the French line Chargeurs 'Kitala' awaits loading
1962 Pool of London, Kodachrome slide. A vessel of the French line Chargeurs Kitala awaits loading. The camera faces down river across Tower Bridge towards the lower pool.

 

Mannequin Anne Gunning wearing an ensemble by Digby Morton at the Tower of London 1951 photographed by John French
Mannequin Anne Gunning wearing an ensemble by Digby Morton at the Tower of London 1951 photographed by John French. This photograph was taken slightly further upstream than the one of Burton and Taylor. Their yacht would have been moored on the section of pier to the frame left of the mannequin's left elbow.

Painting of Tower Bridge by official war artist
Official War Artist's painting of Tower Bridge, 1940s. In some places the remains of the wooden wharves can still be seen in the sand.

1894: The official opening of Tower Bridge in London, GB
The official opening of Tower Bridge: 1894

 

The Great Fire of London, 1666
The Great Fire of London, in 1666

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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