Welcome to Monopoly Board London

The London version of the Monopoly Board was devised in the 1930's and has become one of the best-known board games of all time. But what do all these famous roads, streets and stations represented on the board actually look like? That was the starting point for this site - to visit and photograph all the locations on the board. Some of the places are instantly recognisable and feature on many a tourist's itinerary while others are relatively unknown and rarely visited.

Use the page links on the right to view the photographs and descriptions of all the locations - I'll also be posting news and events and any extra snippets of information in the main blog area.

The Brown Group

The first properties past Go on the board are the Old Kent Road and Whitechapel - "the Browns". These are the cheapest properties on the board and your first foot on the house-building ladder.

Old Kent Road
I'd left this one to last on my journey around the monopoly board, cursing the boardmakers' decision to include this far-flung road to nowhere. But the project wouldn't be complete without a trip to South East London and a stroll down the Old Kent Road. Stretching from the Elephant & Castle all the way to Lewisham this is the not the most scenic road on the board but it is the longest. With no tube or rail, the only thing that thrives here is the traffic on its way to Kent, hence the name probably.

The relentless urban landscape of tower blocks, garish superstores and downbeat shops is punctuated only by a few brief bursts of Georgian terraced housing. Much of this area was bombed in world war two and the re-development has not been impressive.

Old Kent Road

Whitechapel Road
Whitechapel is fascinating area where you can find the evidence of immigration and settlement of disparate communities with a common aim - to make a new life in London. There have been French Huguenots then a large influx of Jewish refugees in the late 19th century and more recently a large Bengali community. John Merrick, The Elephant Man was exhibited as a freak show in Whitechapel Road before being moved further down the road to the London Hospital where he later died and the area has at various times been rife with poverty, crime and prostitution. However, on a bright summer afternoon a stroll from one end to the other didn’t seem so bad. Landmarks to look out for include the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, Altab Ali park and the East London Mosque.

The entrance to Altab Ali park