The borough of Stepney

Photo taken by John Gay. "On a cold day a woman walks past the Chevrah Shass Synagogue, which is tucked away down an alley. The carriage archway from the street is flanked by local shops."
Photo taken by John Gay.
“On a cold day a woman walks past the Chevrah Shass Synagogue, which is tucked away down an alley. The carriage archway from the street is flanked by local shops.”
For my latest villain (she’s not so bad, but she does tend to blow things up poor dear) I was looking for an area of London where she could set up a home base.

Stepney is the borough I chose because it was a friendly place for immigrants, which my villain is.

It’s in East London, on the North side of the Thames.

Stepney Station
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Scouting locations

In addition to always keeping my map front of mind, I spent most of today researching (yay – Wikipedia is back!) appropriate locations for Elaine Barclay’s extravagant wedding.

Elaine is of course from Book 2: A Case of Darkness, and has returned for a brief cameo in the form of her wedding that will take place in Book 5, which I am currently writing.

Lancaster House layout from Wikipedia
Lancaster House layout from Wikipedia

I think Lancaster House (renamed from its original name Stafford House in 1912) is an apt location for both such an event and for the items I need to be present during the reception (mysterious enough for you? 😉
One of the main reasons to use this building is that “From 1924 until shortly after World War II, the house was the home of the London Museum, but it is now used for government receptions and is closed to the public except on rare open days.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Perfect. Next step: figure out what could have been part of the collection being housed at the Lancaster House in 1931.