Kathleen Koh is on a mission, and that mission is to visit every property on the UK edition of the Monopoly board.
Colour suite: Green
Nearest tube stations: Tottenham Court Road (Northern line via Charing Cross, Central line), Oxford Circus (Central, Bakerloo, & Victoria lines), Bond Street (Central & Jubilee lines), Marble Arch (Central line)
Where better to go shopping in London than Oxford Street? Apparently Europe’s busiest shopping street, it spans from Tottenham Court Road to Marble Arch, and yes, that’s across four tube stations. If the Old Kent Road is ‘Superstore Central,’ then Oxford Street would be ‘Flagship Central’ – there are six major flagship stores between Oxford Circus and Marble Arch. I won’t lie though, the Tottenham Court Road end of Oxford Street has a lot of construction going on right now and it seems more like the dodgy end (if a place like Oxford Street could have a dodgy end). Oxford Street is also the site of the London College of Fashion, which seems apropos, considering the sheer number of fashion hubs stretching for one and a half miles!
Being as long as it is, Oxford Street branches off onto lots of other roads, including other Monopoly stops, like Regent Street and Bond Street, with many stands selling street food or souvenirs on the corners. If you’re on a student budget, Oxford Street is still the place to be, even if it’s just for a tourist-y day out.
Colour suite: Green
Nearest tube station: Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo & Piccadilly lines), Oxford Circus (Central, Bakerloo, & Victoria lines)
The slightly more upmarket version of Oxford Street, Regent Street spans from the upside down ice cream cone that is All Souls church through Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus down to the junction meeting Charles II Street. It may be a lot shorter than Oxford Street, but it is also the site of the main building of another university, that of Westminster, at the top. Like Oxford Street, Regent Street also branches off into lots of smaller side streets, and if you’re ever hungry while there, don’t worry, because most of the side streets lead to food! Admittedly pricier food, but food nonetheless.
Like I said, it is a more ‘upmarket’ version of Oxford Street, with stores such as Liberty and grade II listed buildings such as Broadcasting House, where the BBC first started, as well as my all-time favourite shop, Anthropologie, although I sadly cannot afford to shop there…yet! It also has the glorious toy store that is Hamleys, which is considered one of the city’s major tourist attractions. Well, with a bus stop outside it made almost entirely out of Lego, I don’t see why not.
Four down. Twenty-two to go. Bring it on.