Always on the lookout for the ultimate in cool travel experiences, I've just heard about a new "Breakfast with Bond" promotion at London's iconic Dorchester Hotel.
Author William Boyd's upcoming Bond novel, Solo, begins at The Dorchester. Set in 1969, the book opens with a scene of 007 treating himself to a typical Bond breakfast 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”.
To launch the special breakfast promotion, a special "Breakfast with Bond" event will take place on September 28th which will recreate Bond's meal, while William Boyd reads scenes from the chapter. The restaurant will be decorated in 1960s style just for the occasion, there will be vintage cars parked out front, 60's tunes on the soundtrack, copies of an actual menu and newspaper from 1969, and characters dressed in 60's outfits. Guests are encouraged to dress in their "swinging 60s" best!
Diners who quote "SOLO" while making a breakfast reservation during this time period will receive a free copy of the book or can choose to listen to the audio version read by British actor Dominic West on an iPod over breakfast. Once a week, a table will be chosen at random to be charged the Grill Menu’s 1969 price, a sum just under £2.
Mr. Boyd noted, “I chose The Dorchester for James Bond to stay in because the hotel has strong literary associations (particularly in World War 2) but also because it was the epitome of style and glamour in the 1960s. The Dorchester was, and still is, the elite hotel — the choice of film stars and show business legends — and so it seemed fitting that when Bond wanted to give himself a special birthday treat he would book himself a room at The Dorchester.”
Of course, guests can also stay the night at The Dorchester — just like James Bond. And while in residence, an in-house call requesting ‘007 room service’ means that guests will be provided with the full library set of the Ian Fleming Bond Collection with an accompanying martini nightcap.
Martini master classes are also provided at The Bar at The Dorchester by expert alchemist bar manager Giuliano Morandin. In iconic Bond fashion, the spy requests a particular recipe for his martini in the new book: “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”.
English breakfast at The Grill at The Dorchester is priced at £32 excluding service charge. For further information or to make a booking, contact reservations on+44 20 7629 8888 or send an e-mail to restaurants.TDL@dorchestercollection.com.
Mention ‘SOLO’ to receive a complimentary copy of the book. For tickets to the Saturday September 28th ‘Breakfast with Bond’ event, which is priced at £69 per person, please quote ‘BOYD’. Seasonal room rates for the hotel room with breakfast start from £315 including VAT.
For more information, visit http://www.thedorchester.com/Breakfast-with-Bond.