In GoldenEye the filmmakers made it easy for themselves and many locations in London doubled for Russia. In S:t Petersburg, Bond is staying at ‘The Grand Hotel Europe’. For the establishing shot the filmmakers used the exterior of The Langham hotel in London, Europe’s first ‘Grand hotel’.
The Langham, London opened in 1865 and launched a new era in British hotel keeping. It was then the largest and most modern hotel in London, featuring water closets, bathrooms and the first hydraulic lifts in England. The five star hotel is famed as the place where the tradition of afternoon tea was born. Afternoon tea has been served here since the opening and in Palm Court you can still enjoy it today. In the evening you can choose a drink from the bar, or a glass of fizz from their extensive Champagne list, served in a striking bespoke coupe glass. The service is exeptional and a visit to the Palm Court is highly recommendable.
|The Russian and American flags have been replaced with the hotel’s own flag and the EU.|
The Langham is located on 1C Portland Place, Regent street, London. Even though the interior scenes with Brosnan was shot in studio it is definitely worth a visit when in London.