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August 29, 2013updated Sep 04, 2013

Breakfast with Bond at The Dorchester

By Chris Boyle

Fans of 007 are in for a treat at London’s iconic Dorchester hotel this September, where author William Boyd is set to read from his new James Bond novel over a special breakfast.

The new Bond book, entitled Solo, features an opening scene in which the special agent treats himself to a tasty breakfast at The Dorchester back in 1969 to celebrate turning 45.

In the book, Bond’s breakfast at the legendary hotel 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”. Not too shabby.

The breakfast reading takes place on Saturday September 28 and will feature vintage cars parked on the hotel forecourt as well as characters dressed in outfits from the 1960s to add to the retro atmosphere.  The optional guest dress code is ‘Swinging 60s’, with tickets for the event priced at £69. 

Meanwhile, those who want the full Bond experience can stay for the night and request ‘007 room service’. A full library set of the Ian Fleming Bond Collection will be instantly delivered to them with an accompanying martini nightcap.

Solo the novel is released on Thursday September 26, with guests at the hotel able to request a free copy by quoting ‘Solo’ when making their breakfast reservation.

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 – with guests also able to read papers from that year, listen to music from the period and even be served their breakfast silver service in keeping with the ’60s.

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So that’s a black coffee shaken then, and not stirred?

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