Designed by a turn-of-the-century American stenographer and, ironically, anti-monopolist Elizabeth Magie (who had hoped, through a game, to explain the single tax theory of political economist Henry George), Monopoly has sold almost 300m sets with more than six billion green houses and 2.5 billion red hotels since 1935! Since Euracom is a company with apartments all over London, here is our quirky guide to the streets we all know but maybe haven’t visited before…
Let’s start with ‘the browns’. Old Kent Road and Whitechapel are the cheapest properties on the board and they are often overlooked as ‘nuisance’ sites – the ones that don’t offer great returns but towards the end of Monopoly marathons, the £250 for a hotel on OKR could turn out to be a game-changer!
Old Kent Road (£60); Rent: £2; 1 House: £10; 2 Houses: £30; 3 Houses: £90; 4 Houses: £160; Hotel £250
The Old Kent Road is a road in south east London that was originally metalled (paving a road with broken stone) by the Romans as the main road from Dover to Londinium. Chaucer’s pilgrims traversed this route on their way to Canterbury and the Saxons called it Watling Street – the 276 mile-long road that runs from Canterbury in Kent to Wroxeter in Shropshire. In the Middle Ages it was a place renowned for the hanging, drawing and quartering of religious dissenters and it only became known as the Old Kent Road in Victorian times.
The Old Kent Road was most famous for the vast number of pubs along its length and some of them were famous city-wide, including The Dun Cow, the Henry Cooper, the Drovers Arms and the Canterbury Arms. They have all closed down now and the soul of the area has all but gone, replaced with faceless chain stores and fast-food joints.
Whitechapel Road (£60); Rent £4; 1 House: £20; 2 Houses: £60; 3 Houses: £180; 4 Houses: £360; Hotel £450
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Whitechapel Road in London’s East End is named after the 14thcentury ‘white chapel’ that sat on the site until it was destroyed in WW2. It’s another Roman road linking the City of London to Colchester and for centuries, it’s been somewhat of a run-down area. Since it was outside of the City walls, it attracted the less fragrant trades such as tanneries, breweries and foundries (the Whitechapel Bell Foundry cast Big Ben and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia).
It’s most famous (or infamous) as being the stomping ground of 60s gangsters the Kray twins (the famous Blind Beggar pub where Ronnie Kray killed George Cornell is at 337 Whitechapel Road) as well as the place of the gruesomely notorious Whitechapel Murders committed between 1888 and 1891 by Jack the Ripper, a casebook of crime that remains unsolved to this day. Today, Whitechapel Road it is a thriving, multi-cultural, creative hub with property prices going through the roof!