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Retrace Mycroft’s commute from Pall Mall to Whitehall

May 17, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Friday, 17 May 2019 , Afternoon

“round the corner into Whitehall every morning and back every evening” – retracing Mycroft Holmes’ commute

Please note: This event is now fully booked, and there is a waiting list.

Building on Dr Seth Alexander Thévoz’s deliberations at the Society’s March meeting on how London clubs ruled the Early Victorian World as well as on some of his thoughts about the Diogenes Club, we explore his (and others’!) hypotheses and retrace Mycroft’s commute from Pall Mall to Whitehall.

We meet at 2pm sharp at Waterloo Place, St. James’s, just next to the Duke of York column situated just above the steps down to The Mall.  We proceed on foot through St. James’s Park to the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) on King Charles Street where we are going to have the rare privilege of a one hour’s private tour of the very building where Mycroft Holmes most likely worked and, occasionally, was the British government.  The tour involves climbing a fair number of steps, as is only to be expected in a large government building (no lifts are available for groups). 

We then proceed on foot to the Athenaeum Club, situated at 107 Pall Mall, where we will  have tea and biscuits at 4pm and hear more revelations about the possible locations of the Diogenes Club and as well as about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s membership of this prestigious club.  The event will finish by approximately 5pm.

Marcus Geisser and Helen Dorey are our hosts for this walk through Mycroft Holmes’ Whitehall.  Please note that due to security rules at the FCO the maximum number of participants is limited to 20.  Participants must show a government issued photo ID (for example passport or driver’s license) to enter the FCO.  There is a dress code for the Athenaeum Club that participants to this event must follow: collared shirts with dress slacks, suits, dresses or dressy blouses for ladies.  Gentlemen are required to wear a tie. Shorts, casual / beach-wear sandals or denims or flip flops are not allowed.

The cost per person is £ 13.  That covers tea and biscuits at the Athenaeum Club and a donation to their archives to thank them for putting together a small exhibit on Conan Doyle and the Athenaeum Club especially for us.  Participation is on a first come, first served basis.

  • Meet 2pm sharp at Waterloo Place
  • Charge £13 / US$19.50
  • Numbers are limited to 20

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May 17, 2019
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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