Almost! In my mind’s eye, he was there… The world’s greatest detective, impeccably moustachioed and immaculate in his neat three-piece suit, was rushing out the lobby door in his signature buttock-clenched waddle, ready to investigate the latest mystery murder case; how painfully uncomfortable he looked in his patent leather boots and grey spats! Arthur Hastings, his devoted friend and sidekick, hurried to his side looking lean and smart – and a little bit lost trying to apprehend the fast-pace reasoning of the detective’s ”little grey cells”.
I thought if looked up I’d see Miss Lemon, Poirot’s flawless assistant, making sure Hastings is taking good care of her precious boss, then bidding a court, impatient farewell before going back to sorting out her already perfect filling system.
I saw a lot of ordinary human beings going in and out of Florin Court – I wondered whether they know what their block of flats actually means to the countless fans of the Belgian detective and the ITV series ”Agatha Christie’s Poirot”; or if they even care…
Florin Court – Whitehaven Mansions in Poirot terms – is one of London’s architectural gems of the Art Deco period; built in 1936, with a magnificent curved facade, this 10-storey distinctive feature sits elegantly on the eastern side of the historic Charterhouse Square.
And it’s just a few rapid dainty Poirot steps away from the Barbican, one of my very favourite haunts in London where I’m sure to be found exploring hallways and corridors and wandering about the walkways – buttocks unclenched!
For more on Whitehaven Mansions (and everything else on ”Agatha Christie’s Poirot” series) please visit the fantastic Investigating Poirot blog.
More images of Florin Court (and a lot more about London, its heritage and culture) on ”The Londonphile”.
Photography by Konstantinos Implikian
London 22-25 March 2014