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The Albany Court of AJ Raffles and friends

Listed under Literary Locations in London, United Kingdom.

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Dapper AJ Raffles was the well to do gentlemen thief drawn to thievery by the risk involved, but willing to steal on ‘high moral grounds’ also. Created by Ernest W. Hornung, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s brother in law, the stories appeared first in magazines then in compilations. A public school boy making his way in London society by being involved with the best clubs and sporting establishments, Raffles was just the kind of bachelor tenant The Albany really had at the time (I can’t cast aspersions about the gentlemen thief caper.). Real life tenants include Lord Byron, Graham Green, JB Priestley and Prime Ministers Heath and Gladstone. The Albany is an attractive building converted into bachelors chambers in 1804 in St. James, it’s now been broken up further and isn’t quite as upmarket as it used to be but the exterior is still impressive.

Written by  Sophie Edgerton.

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