London Monopoly board locations
During the summer a tweet from someone who visited all of the London Monopoly Board locations caught my attention. I thought this seemed a pretty fun thing to do and as I invested further I realised that I wasn’t alone.
The Londonist have created a map of all real life London monopoly board locations.
So I spent the visiting each and every London Monopoly Board Locations taking black and white photos and 360 images for my Instagram page London In 360.
Whilst visiting and photographing the locations I also did a bit of research on their history. If you want to give it a go then it could be a fun family day out for older children. It’s certainly a great tour of some popular central parts of London.
Old Kent Road
Everlasting Arms Ministries Church (formerly North Peckham Civic Centre).
At 1000 square feet this is the largest secular work of the sculptor Adam Kossowski. The frieze, which depicts local historic scenes in high relief, was designed in 1964 and completed in 1965. Kossowski was Polish and is most noted for his works for the Catholic Church, including some very fine ceramic work in the chapel of St. Aloysius R. C. Church, Phoenix Road, Camden.
Whitechapel Bell Foundry
The Whitechapel premises are a Grade II listed building. The foundry closed on 12 June 2017, after nearly 450 years of bell-making and 250 years at its Whitechapel site.
The foundry was notable for being the original manufacturer of the Liberty Bell, a famous symbol of American independence, and for re-casting Big Ben.
Kings Cross Station
The gently curving tunnel features an ‘art wall’ made from LED lights. Running the entire length of the tunnel, the light wall contains 190 controllable vertical pixels set behind 12mm toughened glass.
The tunnel was designed by Allies and Morrison Speirs and Major and light artists The Light Lab
It’s open to pedestrians Monday-Sunday, 7am until 8pm.
The Angel, Islington is a historic landmark and a series of buildings that have stood on the corner of Islington High Street and Pentonville Road in Islington.
The corner site gave its name to Angel tube station, opened in 1901, and the surrounding Angel area of London.
It is currently used as offices and a branch of the Co-operative Bank, and is a grade II listed building. In 1998 a new pub called the Angel, operated by J D Wetherspoon, opened at an adjacent premises.
The Standard London former Camden Town Hall Annex. The 1974 Brutalist building has been meticulously restored for The Standard’s first hotel outside America.
Orms Architects was responsible for the exterior architecture / shell and core, and worked alongside interior designer Shawn Hausman Design and interior architect Archer Humphryes on behalf of Crosstree Real Estate Partners and The Standard.
285 and 297 “The Lighthouse Building“
A former Victorian oyster bar currently occupied by Fve Guys
Historic England Grade II listed
Blue plaque reads “Oysters were once sold here…or was that a fairground?”
Guesses for its original use include a helter skelter, clock tower and even a camera obscura.
Situated at the junction of Gray’s Inn Road and Pentonville Road. c1875. Built to replace buildings destroyed in the construction of the Metropolitan Railway. Brick with stucco
St James’s Palace is the most senior royal palace in the United Kingdom.
The palace was commissioned by Henry VIII on the site of a former leper hospital dedicated to Saint James the Less.
Mainly built between 1531 and 1536 in red-brick, the palace’s architecture is primarily Tudor in style. A fire in 1809 destroyed parts of the structure, including the monarch’s private apartments, which were never replaced. Some 17th-century interiors survive, but most were remodelled in the 19th century.
Old Shades Public House
Grade II Public house. Dated 1898 by Treadwell and Martin. Stone faced, slate roof. Tall, narrow, shaped gabled frontage, in this partnership’s distinctive Free Style late Flemish-Gothic style that follows the lead given by Wilson and Townsend.
The Grand Building – Waterstones
Grand Building, now a Waterstones was built as the Grand Hotel in the 1870s
The building sits on the corner of Trafalgar Square, The Strand and Northumberland Ave.
The station opened on 15 March 1899 as the London terminus of the Great Central Main Line
Opposite is the The Landmark London, formally The Hotel Great Central. one of London’s Victorian era railway hotels.
It was first proposed by Sir Edward Watkin of the Great Central Railway who envisaged Marylebone station, which the hotel was to serve, as the hub of an international railway which would run through a channel tunnel.
Royal Opera House
Originally called the Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. In 1734, the first ballet was presented. A year later, first season of operas by George Frideric Handel began.
The current building is the third theatre on the site, following disastrous fires in 1808 and 1856 to previous buildings. The façade, foyer, and auditorium date from 1858, but almost every other element of the present complex dates from an extensive reconstruction in the 1990s.
Great Marlborough Street
The London Palladium and Liberty of London
Liberty of London has an intricate and colourful history. It first opened in 1875 by Arthur Liberty, son of a draper from Buckinghamshire.
Arthur Lasenby Liberty laid plans for a London emporium laden with luxuries and fabrics from distant lands, his dream was to metaphorically dock a ship in the city streets.
“LIBERTY is the CHOSEN RESORT of the ARTISTIC SHOPPER”
The London Palladium
The theatre started out as The Palladium, a premier venue for variety performances. Pantomimes were also featured there. In 1926, the pantomime starred Lennie Dean as Cinderella, footage of which remains to this day. The theatre is especially linked to the Royal Variety Performances, where many were, and still are, held. In 1928, for three months the Palladium also ran as a cinema.
In 2018, Sir Bruce Forsyth’s ashes were laid to rest under the Palladium’s stage, with a blue plaque commemorating him on a nearby wall, featuring the description “Without question the UK’s greatest entertainer, he rests in peace within the sound of music, laughter and dancing… exactly where he would want to be.”
Vine Street is a street in Westminster, London, running from Swallow Street, parallel to Regent Street and Piccadilly. It is now a dead end that was shortened from a longer road in the early 18th century owing to the building of Regent Street.
From the 18th to 20th century, it was home to Vine Street Police Station, which grew from a watch-house into one of the busiest police stations in the world. The Marquess of Queensberry was charged with libel against Oscar Wilde here in 1895. There was also a court house in the 18th and early 19th century.
Salieri Italian Restaurant
Family run restaurant of over 40 years and serving theatre goers from The Savoy Theatre. Images taken as a Extinction Rebellion protest march passes by The Savoy
Standing at 186 Fleet Street is an old remainder of Fleet Street‘s tabloid heyday. No.186, along with 184 and 185 belong to DC Thomson – a Scottish publishing house and TV company.
As well being the home to the last Fleet Street journalists, 186 Fleet Street is also where fictional murderer Sweeney Todd’s infamous barber shop was located.
Established in the early 19th century around the area formerly known as Charing Cross. The Square’s name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, the British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars over France and Spain that took place on 21 October 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar.
The site around Trafalgar Square had been a significant landmark since the 1200s. For centuries, distances measured from Charing Cross have served as location markers.
A number of commemorative statues and sculptures occupy the square, but the Fourth Plinth, left empty since 1840, has been host to contemporary art since 1999.
Heather Phillipson’s ‘THE END’
‘THE END is the cherry on the cream. And, on top of the cherry and the cream, the parasites.’
Fenchurch Street Station
The station opened in 1841 to serve the London and Blackwall Railway and was rebuilt in 1854 when the London and Blackwall Railway began operating.
The area around Fenchurch Street is one of the oldest inhabited parts of London; the name “Fenchurch” derives from the Latin faenum (hay) and refers to hay markets in the area. The station was the first to be granted permission by the Corporation of London to be constructed inside the City of London, following several refusals against other railway companies.
Fenchurch Street is one of the smallest railway terminals in London in terms of platforms, but one of the most intensively operated. It has no direct interchange with the London Underground. Plans to connect it stalled in the early 1980s because of the lack of progress on the Jubilee line.
The land where Leicester Square now lies once belonged to the Abbot and Convent of Westminster Abbey and the Beaumont family. In 1536, Henry VIII took control of 3 acres of land around the square, with the remaining 4 acres (1.6 ha) being transferred to the king the following year. The square is named after Robert Sidney, 2nd Earl of Leicester, who purchased this land in 1630. By 1635, he had built himself a large house, Leicester House, at the northern end. The area in front of the house was then enclosed, depriving inhabitants of St Martin in the Fields parish of their right to use the previously common land. The parishioners appealed to King Charles I, and he appointed three members of the privy council to arbitrate. Lord Leicester was ordered to keep part of his land (thereafter known as Leicester Fields and later as Leicester Square) open for the parishioners.
Mary Poppins Statue is part of Scenes in the Square featuring other highly recognisable classic and contemporary film characters, each immortalised in interactive and expressive bronze statues, with some brought to life in the evening through lighting.
The London Trocadero was an entertainment complex on Coventry Street, with a rear entrance in Shaftesbury Avenue, London. It was originally built in 1896 as a restaurant, which closed in 1965. In 1984, the complex reopened as an exhibition and entertainment space, which operated until 2014. Part of the building was opened as a hotel in 2020.
The complex incorporates a number of separate historic London buildings, including the old London Pavilion Theatre, that have in the past hosted the Palace of Varieties, the New Private Subscription Theatre, the Royal Albion Theatre, the Argyll Subscription Rooms, the Eden Theatre and the Trocadero Restaurant.
Fortnum and Mason
First founded in London’s Piccadilly in 1707 by William Fortnum and Hugh Mason. Today, it is privately owned by Wittington Investments Limited. Founded as a grocery store, Fortnum’s reputation was built on supplying quality food, and saw rapid growth throughout the Victorian era.
William Fortnum was a footman in the household of Queen Anne. The royal family’s insistence on having new candles every night resulted in large amounts of half-used wax, which Fortnum promptly resold for a tidy profit. The enterprising Fortnum also had a sideline business as a grocer. He convinced his landlord, Hugh Mason, to be his associate, and they founded the first Fortnum & Mason store in Mason’s small shop in St James’s Market in 1707. In 1761, William Fortnum’s grandson Charles went into the service of Queen Charlotte and the affiliation with the royal court led to an increase in business. Fortnum & Mason claims to have invented the Scotch egg in 1738.
University of Westminster
Founded in 1838 as the Royal Polytechnic Institution, it was the first polytechnic to open in London.
Built by William Mountford Nurse in 1837 and opened at 309 Regent Street on 6 August 1838 to provide “an institution where the Public, at little expense, may acquire practical knowledge of the various arts and branches of science connected with manufacturers, mining operations and rural economy
In 1841 Richard Beard, entrepreneur and photographer, opened England’s first professional photography studio at The Polytechnic, Regent Street.
He purchased a monopoly on the patent of the Daguerreotype process in England and Wales and spent £20,000 in establishing a chain of photographic studios in London and selling licenses for studios in the provinces.
Oxford Street Runs from Tottenham Court Road to Marble Arch via Oxford Circus. It is Europe’s busiest shopping street, with around half a million daily visitors, and as of 2012 had approximately 300 shops.
The first department stores in the UK opened in the early 20th century, including Selfridges, John Lewis & Partners and HMV. Unlike nearby shopping streets such as Bond Street, it has retained an element of downmarket trading alongside more prestigious retail stores. The street suffered heavy bombing during World War II, and several longstanding stores including John Lewis were completely destroyed and rebuilt from scratch.
Bond Street in the West End of London links Piccadilly in the south to Oxford Street in the north. It has been popular for retail since the 18th century as the home of many fashion outlets that sell prestigious or expensive items. The southern section is Old Bond Street and the longer northern section New Bond Street—a distinction not generally made in everyday usage.
The street was built on fields surrounding Clarendon House on Piccadilly, which were developed by Sir Thomas Bond. It was built up in the 1720s, and by the end of the 18th century was a popular place for the upper-class residents of Mayfair to socialise. Prestigious or expensive shops were established along the street, but it declined as a centre of social activity in the 19th century, although it held its reputation as a fashionable place for retail, and is home to the auction houses Sotheby’s and Bonhams (formerly Phillips) and the department store Fenwick and jeweller Tiffany’s. It is one of the most expensive and sought after strips of real estate in Europe.
Liverpool Street Station
The station opened in 1874, as a replacement for Bishopsgate station as the Great Eastern Railway’s main London terminus. By 1895, it had the largest number of platforms of any terminal railway station in London.
During the First World War, an air raid on the station killed 16 on site, and 146 others in nearby areas. In the build-up to the Second World War, the station served as the entry point for thousands of child refugees arriving in London as part of the Kindertransport rescue mission. The station was damaged by the 1993 Bishopsgate bombing and, during the 7 July 2005 bombing, seven passengers were killed when a bomb exploded aboard an Underground train, just after it had departed from Liverpool Street.
Park Lane separates Hyde Park to the west from Mayfair to the east. The road has a number of historically important properties and hotels and has been one of the most sought after streets in London, despite being a major traffic thoroughfare.
The Jet Business
The worlds first corporate aviation showroom.
London Hilton on Park Lane
The hotel opened as the London Hilton on 17 April 1963. It is a concrete-framed building, designed by William B. Tabler.
It was built in 1899–1901 to a design by W. H. Romaine-Walker and Francis Besant. The building was commissioned by the soap manufacturer Robert William Hudson.
Stanhope House and Dudley House are the only two left of the original ten mansions that lined Park Lane in 1900.
Bordering leafy Hyde Park, Mayfair is an upscale district of elegant Georgian townhouses, exclusive hotels, and gourmet restaurants. Its world-famous retailers include bespoke tailors on Savile Row and designer fashions on Bond Street. Shoppers also head to high-end Burlington Arcade and Shepherd Market, a cluster of independent boutiques and traditional pubs. Cool modern art galleries line Cork Street.
Through the Mews of Mayfair and tucked away in a hidden courtyard restaurant of the year Hush.
Berkeley Square Gardens.
A green town square (public garden square) in Mayfair. It was laid out, extending further south, in the mid 18th century by the architect William Kent.
The gardens’ very large London Plane trees are among the oldest in central London, planted in 1789. One in the east is a Great Tree of London.
A sculpture, depicting the body of a woman, with the head of a hare by Sophie Ryder, who is known for her hybrids and mythological figures. Lady Hare is a very personal sculpture to Sophie as it is modelled on her own body.
The sculpture was created in 1999 and was handmade from wet plaster, old machine parts and scavenged toys then cast in bronze to capture the unique textures.