On May 5th Jack Bauer returns for a 12-episode reboot of Fox’s popular program, 24, and this time Jack and Chloe will be working to save President Heller (Audrey’s dad) from an imminent terrorist attack in London.
London is the perfect setting for the new season. This city’s mix of classic architecture (St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London) collides with modern design (The Shard, the London Eye, The Gherkin) to create a visually stunning landscape which mirrors the blend of old and new elements in the limited series 24: Live Another Day.
Read on and we’ll introduce you to Jack Bauer’s London – a 24-stop tour of a city you have to visit in 2014. You’re going to love this list. How do I know? Simple: Jack Bauer gave me his word.
1. Big Ben
In a series based around a ticking clock there’s no way you can spend time in Jack Bauer’s London without a visit to Big Ben. You or I may visit this clock tower to take photos in its shadow, but for Jack the infamous Big Ben serves as a constant reminder that time is running out.
2. Double-Decker Buses
You may ride them to get from point A to point B, but London’s bright red double-decker buses provide Jack Bauer with a unique vantage point from which to identify and eliminate terrorists in a London crowd.
3. St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s Cathedral will be right at home in the 24 reboot since it’s no stranger to explosive action. The cathedral survived the Blitz during World War II, withstanding the impact of 10 bombs (if that isn’t Jack Bauer worthy, what is?). In fact, when a time-delayed bomb capable of leveling the structure struck the cathedral in September of 1940 a detachment of Royal Engineers successfully defused the device prior to detonation … managing to do so without Chloe O’Brian relaying instructions from CTU.
4. Buckingham Palace
If 24: Live Another Day is anything like the original 8 seasons then Buckingham Palace is where the country’s leadership will foolishly ignore Jack Bauer’s advice and undervalue his experience. Let’s face it – this happens to Jack a lot.
5. Madame Tussauds
Terrorists who try to extract information from Jack Bauer may as well be working on a wax sculpture: he may look like every other person but there’s no way he’s going to talk.
6. Natural History Museum
If there’s one thing that the first eight seasons of 24 taught us it’s that when Jack Bauer is activated the terrorists who oppose him are history. The Natural History Museum in London offers impressive dinosaur displays which serve as a reminder of all the terrorist cells Jack has made extinct.
7. West End Theatre
What Jack Bauer is to counter-terrorism, the West End is to theater: indispensable.
8. London Eye
The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel which stands on the southern bank of the River Thames. Riding it is a little bit like crossing Jack Bauer – you may enjoy a short thrill, but eventually you’re going down.
9. The Shard
Imposing, sharp and one of a kind, The Shard stands out – a physical manifestation of Jack Bauer’s elevated moral character and lofty commitment to do what’s best for his country. The Shard towers over London’s skyline the same way Jack Bauer looms, larger than life, over mankind.
10. River Bus Service
If you have to jump off a bridge in London to evade government agents it’s a good idea to land on one of London’s popular river buses.
11. The Gherkin
The Gherkin is a stunning modern structure in downtown London and an icon of London’s modern-day skyline. Unfortunately the name of this building is often confused with the name of Jack Bauer’s patented choke hold which he applies liberally to friends who get in his way. “Don’t fight it.”
13. Luxury Hotels
Every time we think about a luxury hotel suite we remember that Day 4 scene when Jack stripped the wire from a lamp and “worked on” Paul Raines in front of Audrey. The good news for 24 fans visiting London is that there are plenty of luxury hotels. The bad news for terrorists? They all have lamps.
14. Bed & Breakfasts
Jack Bauer may not have to sleep or eat while saving the world, but it’s likely that you will need to refuel and recharge during your stay in London. Good news: there are plenty of comfortable B&B’s. Rest easy knowing that Jack Bauer is out there, protecting you.
15. Crown Jewels
Like the women Jack Bauer loves: the crown jewels are beautiful and the target of criminals around the world.
16. Tower of London
Even if you lock yourself in Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, Chloe can help Jack Bauer get to you.
17. Trafalgar Square
Named after the Battle of Trafalgar, this pristine square is gorgeous. We’re sure that at least one scene from the upcoming 24 reboot will feature Jack Bauer sprinting across this open space with a gun-filled satchel over his shoulder.
18. Westminster Abbey
Just like Audrey, Kate Middleton married the wrong guy (you hear that, Kate?). The royal wedding was held here.
19. Palace of Westminster
The lines of this classic gothic structure will never go out of style and neither will Jack Bauer. He’s the most bad-ass grandfather we’ve ever seen.
20. London Underground
Often referred to simply as “the Tube,” London’s underground metro service is fast and efficient – just like one of Jack Bauer’s interrogations. When 24: Live Another Day airs this May we have a feeling that several terrorists will be invited to “mind the gap” in their front teeth: a product of Jack’s capable fists.
21. London Overground
This comfortable train runs above ground – like a terrorist before Jack Bauer catches him and sends him to his grave.
22. Globe Theatre
All the world’s a stage … and after four long years Jack Bauer is back where he belongs: in the spotlight.
23. Royal Observatory
Located high on a hill overlooking the River Thames, the observatory is home to the prime meridian. Take one step and you’re in a different time zone – an inspiring destination for 24 fans who appreciate the power of the ticking clock.
24. London Bridge
London Bridge is falling down? Not on Jack Bauer’s watch.