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Travel by Monopoly: Old Kent Road & Leicester Square

December 1, 2014
Kathleen Koh is on a mission, and that mission is to visit every property on the UK edition of the Monopoly board. The properties are mainly in Central London, most of them in walking distance from one another, except for a few outliers. There are also a few that don’t actually exist anymore, but we’ll get…

Kathleen Koh is on a mission, and that mission is to visit every property on the UK edition of the Monopoly board.

The properties are mainly in Central London, most of them in walking distance from one another, except for a few outliers. There are also a few that don’t actually exist anymore, but we’ll get to those places when we reach them.

Old Kent Road

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Colour suite: Brown

Nearest tube station: New Cross Gate (Overground)

We’re starting this Monopoly trip with the first property on the board, and incidentally, the one nearest to Goldsmiths: Old Kent Road. I’m not quite sure what to think about the fact that our university is closest to the cheapest place on the board, but it is what it is. If Old Kent Road were to have a slogan, I feel it would be a choice between ‘The Longest Road Ever,’ or ‘Superstore Central.’

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Starting from the Windsor Hotel and stretching on until the roundabout at Bricklayers’ Arms, Old Kent Road is mainly populated by superstores, such as Tesco, Asda, B&Q, Toys R Us, just to name a few, and a lot of shops that appear to never be open.

Leicester Square

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Colour suite: Yellow

Nearest tube station: Leicester Square (Northern line via Charing Cross, Piccadilly line)

Oh, Leicester Square. It’s possibly my favourite stop on the board, on account of it being the home of half-price musical tickets. On any given day, Leicester Square is ridiculously crowded, due to it being the hub of theatre in London. You’ll almost always find some sort of street performance going on, and at least one artist drawing caricatures.

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If theatre’s not really your thing, there’s always the option of just chilling in the square itself if the weather’s good, going to M&M world, where the smell of chocolate permeates just about everything, or exploring Chinatown.

 

 

Check back next week for the next property in our Travel by Monopoly series!