Embankment Tube, Villiers Street exit | Map
Delightful. Quirky. Original. Those are the watchwords for this Tour du Jour. And you can stir into the Delightful, Quirky and Original mix a pinch of very pleasing Nostalgia and Fond Childhood Memories. Which is by way of saying, for many of us our first knowledge of the street names of London comes from a childhood game of Monopoly. And if you've ever wondered how and why those particular streets were chosen – well, this walk's your Get Out of the Jail of Ignorance card. It's a game you're all going to win. Indeed, every roll of the dice is a winner. They're loaded, you see. They get us to the right property every single time and they're loaded with great information. One roll, for example, takes us to a certain small dead end off Piccadilly and sheds light on why it made it onto the board yet great thoroughfares didn't. Another cracks the mystery of why we have two of the more obscure London stations on the board. Another roll yields up just where are the modern versions of the Waterworks and the Electric Company. It's good fun. A grown-up game of Monopoly where we're the pieces and the real London's the board and Steven's in "complete" control of the dice and the game's exciting because of where we go and what we find out. Bottom line: a walk that goes through familiar territory but looks at it in a whole new way. Advance to Mayfair indeed.
To go on the Monopoly Walk – Advance to Mayfair meet Steve at 10.45 am on Saturday, January 26. The meeting point is just outside the Villiers Street exit of EmbankmentTube.
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If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Monopoly Walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Monopoly Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at email@example.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.