Experience 007's London This Summer With American Express Travel

Image: Aerial panoramic cityscape view of London and the River Thames, England, United Kingdom. (photo via heyengel / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
Image: Aerial panoramic cityscape view of London and the River Thames, England, United Kingdom. (photo via heyengel / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
Laurie Baratti
by Laurie Baratti
Last updated: 9:20 AM ET, Sat July 2, 2022

Although the latest film in the James Bond franchise, "No Time to Die", dropped several months ago, the fascination it stirred among fans of Ian Fleming's novels and the 007 movies hasn't yet faded.

It's probably fair to say that the cinematic experience, paired with the character's enduring legacy, has inspired plenty of Yanks to put England on their personal bucket lists. And, now that international travel has returned, with COVID-related restrictions lifted in both the U.S. and the U.K., lots of Americans are making London their next big-ticket destination.

Full-service travel network American Express Travel has put together specially curated itineraries for fans of Ian Fleming's superspy, so travelers can immerse themselves in the ultimate James Bond-inspired itinerary and follow in the fictional footsteps of everyone's favorite secret agent.

Itinerary Highlights:

- Indulge in Bond's Signature Cocktail - Travelers can class it up by ordering Bond's signature martini-shaken, not stirred-at London Heathrow Airport's newly-opened Centurion Lounge. Or, choose from a cocktail menu created by legendary mixologist Jim Meehan, including distinctly British concoctions like the Wayne's Collins-a mashup of the Tom Collins and White Negroni-or non-alcoholic recipes.

- Discuss the Art of Bond with a Diamonds Expert - Arranged on behalf of American Express Travel consultants, guests can attend a private 'Diamonds Are Forever' mini-masterclass during a special visit to Sotheby's on Bond Street, along with a viewing of the incredible Tiaras exhibition. Participants can discuss the Art of Bond with an expert diamond curator, and be treated to rare insights and fascinating tales as they savor some refreshments.

- Lunch at One of Bond's Favorite Restaurants - Visitors can enjoy high-brow private lunch at Scott's, one of Bond's own favorite restaurants, and taste five of 007's favorite dishes for themselves; all while listening to a Bond culinary expert relate enthralling stories from Fleming's famous spy novels.

- Take a Private 'Bond' River Cruise Along the Thames - No Bond film would be complete without a classic speedboat chase, but guests can treat themselves to a more leisurely version, enjoying a private Bond-themed cruise along the Thames with an expert guide. Along the riverbanks, they'll encounter sites that have been featured or used as filming locations in Bond films and gain some behind-the-scenes insider access.

This summer has brought some major spikes in airfare pricing, but American Express cardholders can utilize the company's buy now, pay later feature, Plan It, to book their Delta Air Lines flights right away and pay them off in fixed-fee monthly installments.

Customers can the premium travel lifestyle without breaking the bank through American Express Travel's International Airline Program. It gives U.S. Platinum Card Members exclusive access to lower fare prices when booking premium-class tickets on more than 20 participating international airlines.

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