London is probably the only city in the world in which you can go on a pub crawl of the roads in the Monopoly® board game. To do it, you'll need:
- Enough money for 26 drinks - stick to half pints or you'll never get there
- A Travelcard or Oyster Card, which gives you access to all of London's buses and tube trains
- A group of mates stupid enough to accompany you
Although you could try to do the crawl in the order of the roads on the board, the amount of travelling involved would mean that you'd be unlikely to do the whole lot in one day.
The crawl usually starts in the Old Kent Road; as most of the people who went on our crawl come from west of London, we decided to meet up at Marylebone Station instead. If you'd prefer to start at the Old Kent Road, The World Turned Upside Down usually opens at noon on Saturdays - however, the barman told us that he'd be happy to open at 11 if we wanted (just ask nicely...).
Currently, British licencing laws stipulate that pubs may open at 11am and last orders are served at 11pm, except on Sundays when the latter is at 10:30pm. The laws are set to be relaxed towards the end of 2005.
Our pub crawl instructions are just below the board; or you can download a PDF version here.
|Marylebone Station||The pub is on the main British Rail concourse at Marylebone Station (Bakerloo Line).||The Victoria & Albert|
|Old Kent Road||Catch the Bakerloo line from Marylebone to Elephant & Castle. Elephant & Castle bus stop J (bus stops are placed alphabetically clockwise around roundabout) Bus 453, 53, 172, 168, 363 to East Street stop on Old Kent Road (opposite Lidl supermarket)
Useless fact: "Shopping at Lidl supermarket" is an anagram of "The tossers applaud Mr Kipling"
|The World Turned Upside Down|
|Fenchurch Street Station||Cross Old Kent Road to bus stop N. Catch bus 42 to Tower Gateway (2nd stop after crossing the Thames). Follow signs to Fenchurch Street Station, walking past Tower Hill Station on the way. Pass Fenchurch Street station entrance on your right, and the Pitcher & Piano on your left. If The Cheshire Cheese is closed, carry on up the road and turn left at the corner to the Hung, Drawn and Quartered.||The Cheshire Cheese
The Hung, Drawn and Quartered
|Whitechapel Road||Walk back to Tower Gateway station (Docklands Light Railway) catch the DLR towards Cutty Sark, Beckton or Stratford. Get off at Shadwell (1st stop). Take the East London line towards Shoreditch. Get off at Whitechapel (1st stop). Turn left out of the station and walk along the market stalls to the pub.||The Blind Beggar|
|Liverpool Street Station||Return to Whitechapel underground. Take the Hammersmith & City line towards Hammersmith. Get off at Liverpool Street (2nd stop). The pub is on the 1st floor of the British Rail concourse, to the right on leaving the underground.||The Hamilton Hall|
|The Angel Islington||Take the Metropolitan or Hammersmith & City line west to Moorgate (first stop). At Moorgate, take the Northern Line towards Edgware or High Barnet. Get off at Angel (2nd stop). Leave the underground and cross the main road, going left to the Angel.||The Angel|
|Pentonville Road||Turn right into Pentonville Road. Go up Pentonville Road - The Castle is on the right. Hungry? Pub does good bowls of nuts!||The Castle|
|Kings Cross Station||Cross Pentonville Road to bus stop. Take any bus to Kings Cross. The pub is on Platform 8 of the station.||The Duke of York|
|Euston Road||Walk down Euston Road to the Rocket on the right.||The Rocket|
|Marlborough Street||Carry on in the same direction down Euston Road to Euston Station. Take the Victoria Line towards Brixton. Get off at Oxford Circus (2nd stop) Leave the tube at the Argyll Street exit and continue down Argyll Street. Turn left into Great Marlborough Street.||O'Neills|
|Oxford Street||Return to Oxford Circus tube. Take the Central Line east to Hainault, Loughton, Epping or Newbury Park. Get off at Tottenham Court Road (1st stop). The pub is on the opposite side of Oxford Street, very close to the corner.||The Tottenham|
|Fleet Street||Catch Bus 8 (Bow Church) or 242 (Homerton Hosp.) to Holborn Circus (large roundabout) Go right into St. Andrew Street, which becomes Shoe Lane. Stay on Shoe Lane where the road bears left into St. Bride Street. Turn right at Fleet Street. Pub is on the right, after Peterborough Court||Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese|
|Bow Street|| To walk (quicker than a bus):
Continue down Fleet Street to Strand, bear right into Aldwych, turn right into Drury Lane, left into Russell Street and right into Bow Street.
To ride (slower than walking):
Walk back towards Shoe Lane. Catch bus 11, 15, 23, 76 or 172 at bus stop H. Get off at Aldwych/St. Mary Strand Church. Continue down Aldwych, turn right into Wellington Street, which becomes Bow Street
|The Marquess of Anglesey|
|Strand||Go back down Bow Street, which becomes Wellington Street. Turn right into Tavistock Street, left into Burleigh Street, right into Exeter Street and follow it until Strand, turn right.||The Wellington|
|Northumberland Avenue||Continue along Strand, turning left into Craven Street, right into Corner House Street, left into Northumberland Street||Sherlock Holmes|
|Whitehall||Go left from Northumberland Street into Northumberland Avenue. Turn right into Great Scotland Yard and right again into Whitehall.||The Clarence|
|Trafalgar Square||Continue up Whitehall to Trafalgar Square (no pubs on the square), take the 2nd exit anticlockwise (also called Trafalgar Square) which becomes St martin's Place. Turn right into William IV Street, left into St. Martin's Lane||The Chandos|
|Leicester Square||Return down St Martin's Place and right into William IV Street. Bear right into Charing Cross Road and left into Irving Street. Follow Irving Street right into Leicester Square||The Moon Under Water|
|Coventry Street||Cross Leicester Square diagonally, pass Coventry Street/Swiss Court & continue a few paces up Leicester Street||The Imperial|
|Regent Street||Return to Leicester Square & turn right into Coventry Street/Swiss Court. Pass by Piccadilly Circus into Regent Street||Cheers|
|Vine Street||Continue along Regent Street, turning left into Man In Moon Place. Turn right into Vine Street. There is an entrance to the pub on the right, otherwise turn right into Swallow Street||The Swallow Street Bar|
|Bond Street||Go left down Swallow Street from the pub. Turn right into Piccadilly, turn right up Old Bond Street and left into Stafford Street||The Goat Tavern|
|Pall Mall||Continue along Stafford Street, turning left into Albemarle Street, which becomes St James's Street. Follow the road left into Pall Mall, turn left into Crown Passage||The Red Lion|
|Piccadilly||Return up Pall Mall & St James's Street, turning left into Piccadilly||Henry's|
|Mayfair||Continue along Piccadilly, turning right into White Horse Street. Bear right into Shepherd Market||Ye Grapes|
|Park Lane||Return to Piccadilly via White Horse Street. Turn right and continue to Old Park Lane on the right.||Rose & Crown|