Like many others, I’m a fan of David Suchet’s long-running portrayal of Hercule Poirot. Through thirteen seasons and 70 episodes he brought Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective to life on screen.
Art Deco is something else that I find appealing, and there was much of this styling on display throughout the TV series. One location in particular stands out, and this is Poirot’s home in London in the fictional Whitehaven Mansions.
The television series used the elegant exterior of Florin Court to stand in for Whitehaven Mansions. It’s curved facade is an immediate visual link to Poirot’s 1930s London.
Florin Court apartment building is located in London’s Smithfield area, looking onto the greenery of Charterhouse Square.
If you’re travelling via the underground as I did, Barbican is the closest station to Florin Court and is only a couple of minute’s walk away from the building.
Coming out of the station, turn left and walk a short distance along Aldersgate Street, taking the first left turn onto Carthusian Street.
As you walk a little way along, the street will open out onto Charterhouse Square. Florin Court will be on your right, facing into the square.
Florin Court was built in 1936 and designed by the architects Guy Morgan & Partners. The building has ten stories containing 126 flats and underwent refurbishment in the late 1980s.
Florin Court is heritage listed by Historic England for its cultural or historical interest, and you can read its official entry in the list here.
Whether you’re a fan of Poirot or have an interest in Art Deco architecture, this elegant building is an appealing sight to see.
- Hercule Poirot Novels (in Publication order)
- Agatha Christie’s Poirot (Television Series with David Suchet)