An illustration of Florin Court, an Art Deco apartment block based near the Barbican and famous for featuring as Poirot's home in the TV show Click the image to enlarge

Instinct is a marvellous thing, it can neither be explained nor ignored

— Poirot, The Mysterious Affair at Style by Agatha Christie

Learn more about Florin Court below...

History

The Grade II listed building was constructed in 1936 and designed by Guy Morgan and Partners. It was most likely one of the earliest residential flats in Clerkenwell and cost roughly £47,000 at the time.

The interiors of the building you see today are from Hildebrand & Clicker’s redesign in the 1980s for Regalian Properties, when the block of flats was renamed Florin Court.

Did you know?

Florin Court was used throughout the TV series Agatha Christie's Poirot as Hercule Poirot’s London residence, the Whitehaven Mansions. Hercule Poirot was an infamous fictional detective created by Agatha Christie, and appeared in a large number of novels and short stories.

The architecture

Ten storeys high, the apartment block is a steel-framed building with concrete floors. It has a recessed centre with wings on either side, and curved round the corners. The brickwork of the walls are in yellow brick and laid out via a method named Flemish bond, where one brick of shorter length is placed in between longer length pieces. There are also decorative pieces in brown brick such as the stylised cartouche (a frame around a design) and ribbons. On the façade of the building, you can see eleven windows on every floor which are lined both at the top and below with metal.

Although the individual flats are relatively small in size, the apartment block has a rooftop terrace, a gym, a sauna and swimming pool that is free for all the residents to use.

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