Duke’s Bar ~ Ian Fleming’s “local” & the inspiration for James Bond’s martini

Posted: October 24, 2015 in London, UK
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A great post on London connections of Ian Fleming and James Bond

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Dukes HotelUPDATED:  With the new James Bond film ‘Spectre’ about to be released, I thought a fresh publishing of one of LondonUnveiled’s more popular articles was warranted.

Hidden down a secretive courtyard that most don’t even know exists, the approach to Duke’s Hotel brings out the feeling of intrigue in even the casual James Bond fan.  For it is the lure of Bond that brings many in-the-know to Duke’s Bar within the hotel for the first time, but it is the intimacy and uniqueness that brings them back.

History:  Duke’s Hotel opened in 1908 and is unquestionably one of London’s hidden hotels.  Within the hotel is Duke’s Bar which is now legendary but still evokes a feeling of being ‘found’.  Since the 1950’s Duke’s has had an Italian barstaff, as it does today, and it was during this time that Duke’s became a regular watering hole for Ian Fleming.  Given the focus…

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