By MATT DAVIES, JULY 2017
It’s a quintessentially English experience, playing Monopoly. It also walks players through some of London’s most famous and historic streets, stations and locations. The board provides a real life tour trail of our capital – but all that walking can be thirsty business. We’ve devised a hitlist of the best pubs to visit along the way and some optional rules if you’re after the true Pub Monopoly experience!
Old Kent Road – The Windsor
Whitechapel Road – The Blind Beggar
The Angel Islington – The Angel
Euston Road – The Euston Flyer
Pentonville Road – The Lexington
Pall Mall – The Red Lion
Whitehall –Sliver Cross
Northumberland Avenue – Sherlock Holmes
Bow Street – Marquess of Anglesey
Marlborough Street – The Prince Regent
Vine Street –Abbey
Strand – The Coal Hole
Fleet Street – The Tipperary
Trafalger Square- Vista
Leicester Square – The Moon Under Water
Coventry Street –The Lyric
Piccadilly – The Glassblower
Regent Street –The Queen's Head
Oxford Street – The Flying Horse
Bond Street - Barley Mow
Park Lane – Rose and Crown
Mayfair –The Punch Bowl
Now, you’ve got the pubs and, really, that’s all you need to get on your (potentially very) merry way! However, we did mention some rules and for those of you looking for a more official affair, here are some elements that have helped us enjoy successful Pub Monopoly Tours – strictly for research purposes, of course!
Chance cardsThis is where you can have some fun with challenges for the group. It could be karaoke, arm wrestles or any other dare you choose, hand a different chance card out at each pub you visit to add a bit of extra spice.
Community chestIf you’ll be collecting a whip from which to buy drinks from the group, community chest cards are a way of adding a bit of spontaneity into the trip. Whether contributing to the whip, gaining a free drink from it or ordering a round of cocktails for the whole group, these add a lottery element to your Pub Monopoly experience.
Some considerationsThis is still a tour of London, and it isn’t much of a tour if you only make it a quarter of the way through. You don’t need to drink in every pub, and sampling some of the venue’s beers in half pints is a great, sustainable tempo to the day! Whenever we’ve done this, we’ve treated it as an excuse to get all suited, booted and dressed to the nines. Just beware of heels, there’s a lot of walking!