Where in the World: Headquarters of Hercule Poirot

2015-10-04T23:15:02+00:0015 February 2012|England, Where in the world|

It’s Wednesday and time for another travel quiz.

Where in the world is this fab Art Deco building?

Where in the World

Hint: If you’re a mystery geek like me, you might recognize this as the residence of a famous detective.

Think you know the secret location? A winner will be selected among those who give the correct answer. She/he will get a mention here and on Sophie’s World’s facebook page.

Moderation is switched on, so don’t worry about giving away the answer if you know it. All comments will be published simultaneously. So go on, have a guess!

Have a look at more fun travel photos at Budget Travelers Sandbox.

Headquarters of Hercule Poirot

Update 17 February 2011
As many of you guessed, or perhaps knew, this is Poirot’s HQ in London. It’s called Whitehaven Mansions in the series, and Florin Court in the real world. My daughter is a Poirot fan and dragged us along to see it. (Rent seems reasonable, by the way).

Luckily, it turned out to be a short walk from all sorts of interesting landmarks: St Paul’s, the Gherkin and the City of London. And it’s just a minute or two down the road from historically interesting Smithfield, sight of numerous public executions. And a 12th century meat market (still in operation).

Eric of Trans-Americas Journeys, Jim of Around the World in Eighty Years, Dick Jordan of Tales Told from the Road and Mette of Italian Notes. You’re all winners! Honourable mention to Ana of Ana’s Travels.

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  1. Ana (Ana Travels) 15 February 2012 at 1705 - Reply


    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 February 2012 at 1350 - Reply

      London is right.

  2. Eric @ Trans-Americas Journey 15 February 2012 at 1838 - Reply

    Generally, I would have had no idea…BUT… the first time I was in London (way back when) one of the people I was traveling with was an Agatha Christie fan and we had to seek out this building which I believe was the home of Detective Poirot.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 February 2012 at 1352 - Reply

      Right. And cool. That is how I often find places, too. My daughter is a fan of Poirot and so we had to search for this building.

  3. Cathy Sweeney 15 February 2012 at 1919 - Reply

    Emma Peel’s apartment in The Avengers?? This is most likely not correct, but couldn’t resist throwing it out there.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 February 2012 at 1353 - Reply

      Haven’t seen the Avengers. Curious about it now.

  4. RyukyuMike 16 February 2012 at 1011 - Reply

    In a city, I bet !

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 February 2012 at 1353 - Reply

      The best 🙂

  5. InsideJourneys 16 February 2012 at 1308 - Reply

    The only famous detective that came to mind was Sherlock Holmes. But that’s a fictional character so I’m not sure. Nice shot, though.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 February 2012 at 1412 - Reply

      Same city as Sherlock, at least 🙂

  6. Leigh 16 February 2012 at 1857 - Reply

    I’m just going to throw out something and say Chicago – but really no clue.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 February 2012 at 1354 - Reply

      Not Chicago. Were you thinking of detective V.I. Warshawski, perhaps?

  7. Jim O'Donnell 16 February 2012 at 1947 - Reply

    Poirot’s place! London.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 February 2012 at 1354 - Reply

      Right 🙂

  8. Dick Jordan 16 February 2012 at 1956 - Reply

    In the PBS “Mystery” series, Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot resided at “Whitehaven Mansions” which is located at “Charterhouse Square … just west of Goswell Road/Aldersgate Street and one block north of Beech Street” according to this page on the “Hercule Poirot Central” Website: http://www.poirot.us/mansions.php

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 February 2012 at 1355 - Reply

      Yes! 🙂

  9. Jessica 16 February 2012 at 2047 - Reply

    I love these Where in the World posts, but I never know the answer. I always learn something new though.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 February 2012 at 1356 - Reply

      Thanks 🙂

  10. Michael Figueiredo 16 February 2012 at 2208 - Reply

    Hmmm… I’m not sure! I can’t think of any non-fictional detectives. I need more clues!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 February 2012 at 1357 - Reply

      Eh… not exactly non-fictional. Should have made that clear, I suppose…

  11. Denise 17 February 2012 at 0156 - Reply

    once again…I have no idea! I’m really bad at this!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 February 2012 at 1357 - Reply

      Thanks for having a peek, anyway 🙂

  12. ItalianNotes 17 February 2012 at 0841 - Reply

    I’m always game, and this house could be Florin Court in London that has been used as Whitehaven Mansions, home of Agatha Christie’s great detective Poirot in the ad tedium rerun tv series.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 February 2012 at 1358 - Reply

      It is! Well done! (I sense you’re perhaps not a huge fan 🙂 )

  13. As I’m not nearly as well-traveled as you :), I never can guess but I always think these posts are FUN!!


    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 February 2012 at 1545 - Reply

      Thanks, Becca!

  14. Andrew Graeme Gould 17 February 2012 at 2013 - Reply

    I’ve arrived too late to guess, but how interesting. Nice image, too.

  15. Laurel 18 February 2012 at 0907 - Reply

    i would have guessed London, but couldn’t have gone any further than that. I like seeing where famous people live.

  16. Julie 19 February 2012 at 1610 - Reply

    I think it must be in one of the northern countries, Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, UK, Sweden, or something like that. I think it because the windows are really huge, and that’s a sign of the architecture of the northern countries (because there is a lack of sunshine, so they always wanted to let the sunshine in the inner rooms.

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