Explore Smiley's London
George Smiley made his first appearance in John le Carré’s novel, Call for the Dead, in 1961. He would become embedded in the national consciousness in the 1970s when le Carré’s great Cold War novels, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley’s People were published. In John le Carré’s new novel, A Legacy of Spies, George Smiley reappears, for the first time in more than twenty-five years.
Explore some of the infamous London locations featured in le Carré’s novels below, or click to download the map.
The Circus, British Intelligence Services HQ
Located at the north-east corner of Cambridge Circus
No. 9 Bywater Street, Chelsea
George Smiley's home
British Military Intelligence Agency, Blackfriars Road
The headquarters of the run-down Second World War agency attempting to run a mission in East Germany and under the watchful eyes of Smiley in The Looking Glass War
Featured in: The Looking Glass War
Foreign Office Conference House, Carlton Gardens
Where Smiley, as new head of the Circus, seeks approval for Operation Dolphin, an espionage offensive against his Soviet nemesis Karla in The Honourable Schoolboy
Featured in: The Honourable Schoolboy
No. 14 Disraeli Street, Bloomsbury
The off-the-books safe flat arranged by Smiley as a place to deal with the intelligence gathered by Operation Windfall's East German mole during the Cold War and which has somehow remained secret to this day in A Legacy of Spies
Featured in: A Legacy of Spies