Walk In The Footsteps Of George Smiley With This John Le Carré Map

Will Noble
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Walk In The Footsteps Of George Smiley With This John Le Carré Map
Image © Mike Hall

George Smiley — the creation of the late John le Carré — was the antidote to James Bond; overweight, balding, self deprecating and altogether unsexy. He was also perhaps the greatest spy Britain never had.

Back in 2017, illustrator and cartographer Mike Hall was commissioned by Penguin Books to create a map depicting London locations that Smiley visited in early le Carré novels. Now seems a better time than ever to acquire a copy, and get walking in Smiley's footsteps.

Gary Oldman stars as George Smiley in the 2011 adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Among hotspots on Hall's map is no.9 Bywater Street in Chelsea, the home of George Smiley; Cambridge Circus, where le Carré situated his fictionalised British Intelligence Services HQ (nicknamed "The Circus"); Battersea Bridge, where Smiley grapples with an East German spy in the novel Call for the Dead; and the place on Hampstead Heath where General Vladimir is shot in the face, in Smiley's People.

Image © Mike Hall

The full-sized map can be downloaded here for free [pdf]. Happy sleuthing.

We also recommend checking out the marvellous illustrations of Mike Hall, who is also available for commissions.

Last Updated 17 December 2020