Agatha Christie's London
2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Agatha Christie (1890 - 1976), the world's best selling crime writer. To coincide with the centenary I will be leading Agatha Christie's London walking tours exploring her London homes and places associated with her.
This is a bespoke tour tailor made to your personal requirements. All the chapters (sections) listed underneath can be booked individually or as a complete package, which I call The Full Christie.
Here's the YouTube clip, which includes me at the begining, being interviewed by Neave Baker for Al Jazeera's news programme
Chapter One - Christie's West End
London's West End features in many Agatha's novels with her character enjoying its high life. On this walk we explore two parts of town that were very well known to Agatha, London's vibrant Theatreland and the affluent districts of Mayfair and St James's.
The tour includes seeing the home of Agatha's The Mousetrap, the world's longest running stage play and her beautiful, book shaped memorial.
We also enjoy a touch of glamour by taking a look at some of the luxury hotels Agatha personally visited, a few of which have been imortalized in her novels.
This walk can be easily adapted on request to include a more general West End highlights tour, such as Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square, so it is not just for Christie aficionados.
Chapter Two - Christie in the City
The City of London best known today as the capital's financial district, only has a handful of Christie connections but they're interesting ones. In the tradition of classic crime writing fiction I won't spoil the ending by giving too much of the plot (route) away here. However I will confess that the tour will include a stop outside the gorgeous art deco block of flats that featured as Whitehaven Mansions, in the Poirot TV series, but I can't guarantee that David Suchet will be seen leaving the premises when you visit.
This tour can cover just the main Christie in the City sites if one or more other sections of the Christie tour is booked or alternatively it can be part of a general City of London Highlights Tour which can include St Paul's Cathedral and the Old Bailey aka the Central Criminal Court.
Chapter Three - Christie's Kensington and Chelsea
Agatha owned several homes in London during her lifetime and on this tour we visit some of the surviving houses in Kensington and Chelsea. This walk uncovers some charming, residential neighbourhoods which are off the main visitor trail and provides an insight into Agatha's less public side.
This tour covers quite a large geographical distance so will involve the use of public transport or taxi cab (transport costs not included in the price of the tour).
Chapter Four - Christie's Camden
Christie's Camden includes a visit to the British Museum to see some of the artifacts from Max Mallowan and Agatha's archaeological excavations, the modernist designed block of flats where Agatha once resided or where she worked during World War Two.
Any of the above tours can be designed to start or end (or both) with refreshment stops as required. Depending on location I can recommend some fabulous places nearby if you are looking to combine the tour with afternoon tea in a luxury hotel, visit a tearoom or a traditional pub.
All the above tours can be booked individually or as The Full Christie, a complete package. Combining tours will require public transport or taxi cab (transport costs not included in the price of the tour).
This tour is only available as a bespoke walking tour as it's tailor made to meet the needs of your groups. Please contact me to discuss which chapter (sections) you are interested in doing and to obtain a quote.