Flemings or Brown's?
In At Bertram's Hotel, Agatha Christie created a mystery: She gave tantalising descriptions of everyone's idea of the quintessential London hotel - "dignified, unostentatious, and quietly expensive" - but omitted the specifics that would enable readers to identify the particular hotel serving as the model. Either of two hotels in Mayfair - Brown's or Flemings - may have been used. However, one unimpeachable authority supports Flemings as the more likely model. Before publication, Agatha changed Bertram's manager's name because it was too close to that of the real one at Flemings. Edmund Cork, Christie's agent, told Agathta that he had changed Crescent Street to Square Street to further disguise Flemings on Half Moon Street where, around 1900, Robert Fleming, a Scot, opened a small private Hotel at No. 10. The hotel currently comprises No. 7 to 12 Half Moon Street as well as six townhouses at the rear in Clarges Street. Extensively modernised, until very recently Flemings retained enough of its character to seem a convincing model for Bertram's.
- An extract taken from Agatha Christie's, At Bertram's Hotel, introduction