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Rue pittoresque de Chelsea

Chelsea District

Chelsea is a well known residential area in southwest central London.

The novel opens in Chelsea, where Philip Denniel, the Governor of the Bank of England, and his mother-in-law live.

More about Chelsea:  Chelsea Wikipedia

La Chambre des Communes

House of Commons

The House of Commons in London. The Speaker sits in the green chair at the back of the photo. The front benches on the left and right are reserved for the Government and Her Majesty’s Opposition.

Tracy Meller and Jeremy Jones go head to head frequently in the House of Commons.

More about the House of Commons: Commons Wikipedia

L'Hôtel Savoy

The Savoy Hotel

The Savoy Hotel on the Thames embankment in London.

Tracy Meller meets Philip Denniel in a hotel sitting room.

More about the Savoy Hotel:  Savoy Wikipedia

Hyde Park

Hyde Park

London’s most famous park, a place for relaxation, concerts, and events… You can listen to amateur orators at Speakers’ Corner.

Jeremy Jones gathers his biggest crowds in Hyde Park

More about Hyde Park:  Royal Parks website

Collines des Chilterns

The Chilterns

The gentle hills of the Chilterns are about sixty kilometres north west of London. With their highest point at 267 metres, they cover parts of the counties of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. The Chilterns offer an idyllic landscape of rolling pastures, peaceful meadows dotted with white sheep, and extensive woodlands where ash, oaks and beeches reign supreme.

The area is home to Chequers, the country home of the British Prime Ministers. For more about the Chilterns: The Chilterns Conservation Board website

Coombe Hill, l'hiver

Coombe Hill

View from Coombe Hill, in the Chilterns, in winter.

Vue de Chequers, la résidence de campagne des Premiers ministres britanniques


Lord Lee of Fareham bequeathed Chequers to the British government in 1917 as a country residence for Prime Ministers.

Tracy Meller (Prime Minister) visits it often. She organises meetings at Chequers which will define her policy.

More about Chequers: Chequers Wikipedia

Black Country Living Museum in West Midlands, West Midlands

The Black Country

Picture above: Black Country Living Museum near Dudley, West Midlands.

The Black Country is a region situated west of Birmingham, known for being one of the centres of the British Industrial Revolution. The origin of the term “Black Country”, anecdotally seems to be related either to the abundance of coal deposits, with large seams lying close to the surface, or to the pollution which covered the area with soot in the Victorian era.

The Dudley constituency Brexit vote had the largest lead in the polls in June 2016: 118,446 votes for Brexit, 56,780 votes against. The wider West Midlands region voted by more than 59% to leave the European Union, and Dudley more than 67%, while the national result was slightly below 52%.

Guy Wick, pro-Brexit Conservative grandee, organises his first campaign meeting in Dudley, capital of the Black Country.

More about the Black Country:  Black Country Living Museum website

St James Park et son lac

St James’s Park

Located in the centre of London, close to Buckingham Palace and Downing Street, St James’s Park is a delightful place to stroll.

Tracy Meller goes for walks in the park, where she will have a fateful meeting with Janet Gradens.

Learn more about St James’s Park: St James’s Park on Wikipedia