, the luxury 5 star hotel in Mayfair is the setting for the opening scene in the new James Bond book by international best selling author William Boyd. In the book 007’s breakfast consists 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”.
From Thursday 26 September to the 30 November 2013 if Bond fans quote “Solo” while making a breakfast reservation they will receive a copy of the book or can choose to listen to the audio version read by British actor Dominic West on an iPod over breakfast. Restaurant guests will also have the option of listening to hits from the 60s on an iPod, be given a copy of a national newspaper and the menu from 1969, and will be served their breakfast silver service in keeping with the 60s. Once a week, a table will be chosen at random to be charged the Grill Menu’s 1969 price, a sum just short of £2.
On Saturday 28 September a special event will take place at The Grill at The Dorchester during which William Boyd will read from the first chapter of Solo, share his experience of writing the book, and sign copies for guests. Further evocative narrative will be added to this unique event with vintage cars from the 1960’s parked on the hotel forecourt, and characters dressed in 60’s outfits. Optional dress code for guests: swinging 60s, tickets priced at £69.
For the full Solo experience guests can stay the night at The Dorchester just like James Bond. By requesting ‘007 room service’, 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.
For further information or to make a booking, please contact reservations on +44 20 7629 8888 or send an email to [email protected]
For tickets to the Saturday 28 September ‘Breakfast with Bond’ William Boyd reading priced at £69 per person, please quote ‘BOYD’. Seasonal room rates for bed and breakfast start from £315 including VAT, please quote ‘007 room service’ for complimentary use of the Ian Fleming Library, and Martini nightcap priced at £14 per person.
If you really want to feel the part during your stay at The Dorchester why not pay a visit to Anthony Sinclair, the London tailor famed for being James Bond's original tailor.