Put on your Top Hat and Advance to Mayfair.
The game Monopoly has been in our wardrobes since 1935, giving many their first taste of travel as they breezed past Mayfair and made stops at Marylbone Station.
The popular board game was even used in escape efforts during World War II as, according to the Monopoly website, “escape maps, compasses and files were inserted into Monopoly game boards smuggled into POW camps inside Germany during World War II. Real money for escapees was slipped into the packs of Monopoly money”.
With so many options of what to do and where to go in London, why not explore Monopoly style, by visiting these notable places on a journey around the board:
Old Kent Road
• Thomas a Becket: Walk past the historic house that is said to be haunted.
• The Blind Beggar: Have a drink at the pub where the Salvation Army is said to have its beginnings.
The Angel Islington
• Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar: Watch stand up comedy over a glass of wine or join in for some Australia Day celebrations.
• Wellcome Collection: Explore life, death, medicine and society in this space where exhibitions, talks and performances are held.
• Scala: Catch a show at Scala where you can go for a boogie or might even run into the likes of Coldplay and Robbie Williams.
• St James Palace: Walk by the palace that houses royals and take a picture with a Grenadier Guard.
• The Cenotaph: Pay your respects at this war memorial on ANZAC Day, Remembrance Sunday or just as you walk past.
• The Sherlock Holmes: Feel like a real Londoner in this cosy pub.
• Royal Opera House: Inject some culture into your holiday and watch something playing at this beautiful venue.
• Liberty: Have a look at the Tudor inspired architecture of the building from the Marlborough Street entrance.
• It’s a back street with not much of a view, walk through it for the sake of your Monopoly journey only.
• Twinings Shop and Museum: Although the Strand is filled with famous houses and palaces, for a truly British experience visit this historic tea house.
• Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese: A hub for literary greats, this 17th Century pub is a fantastic way to get an insight into London’s past.
• Events: Go there for New Year’s Eve, Christmas and cultural celebrations, or just wonder around the many statues and monuments present on the Square.
• Cinemas: Catch celebrities at the latest premiers or be scouted to be part of the audience for a movie preview.
• Prince of Wales Theatre: Shows such as Mama Mia, Let It Be and Book of Mormon have played there. What will you see?
• Ripley’s Believe It or Not!: Discover the strange and the odd, the big and the small in 5 floors of weird and wonderful exhibits.
• Hamleys: A seven floor toy store that will widen every eye, don’t miss Christmas at Hamleys as the store makes it snow and the celebrities do their shopping.
• Shopping: Harrods, Selfridges, John Lewis, Zara, Mango, Topshop the list goes on for another five million square feet of retail space.
• Expensive Shopping: If you’re looking for luxury that a department store can’t offer, then Bond Street is the place to go. Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen are just some of the fashion houses that you will find on display here.
• The Animals in War Memorial: Animal lovers can pay their respects to the animals that “served, suffered and died alongside the British, Commonwealth and Allied forces in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century”.
• Claridge’s: Stay at this 5-star hotel for a taste of British luxury and don’t forget to grab a bite at Gordon Ramsey’s exquisite restaurant whilst you’re there.