The map: No more free parking

Hannah Jones collects her pounds 200 for passing `Go' and wonders where her Thirties Monopoly money will get her in London today
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Monopoly first appeared in America in 1935 but its popularity soon transcended the boundaries of the United States and it is now licensed in 45 countries. It is printed in 25 languages, with each country's board translated with familiar local place names - there is even an intergalactic Star Wars version. The English edition produced today remains unchanged from the original Thirties board. However, 60 years and one world war later, London is a changed city from the one toured by the Waddingtons team to select the areas to be immortalised in the board game. Here we take a Monopoly tour of Nineties London and chart the changing city.

Old Kent Road, Whitechapel Road (brown)

Site value Monopoly pounds 60, now pounds 140/sq ft House price Monopoly pounds 50, now pounds 250,000 Hotel price Monopoly pounds 250, now pounds 1.5m (budget hostel)

One of the board's more curious combinations, as the two streets are separated by several miles and the river Thames. But now, as then, they have in common the fact that they are near the bottom of the property food chain. Whitechapel Road, in the East End, has been a bustling home to successive generations of refugees, going back to the Huguenots. In the Thirties this was a predominantly Jewish area; now the immigrant population is largely Bengali. Yuppies are beginning to discover the City end of the road, and prices are rising. Not so over the river on traffic-clogged Old Kent Road, whose property fortunes are not noticeably on the up. The only positive change since the Thirties seems to have been the opening of the North Peckham Civic Centre and Library in 1966.

The Angel Islington, Euston Road, Pentonville Road (light blue)

Site value Monopoly pounds 100-pounds 120, now pounds 300/sq ft House price Monopoly pounds 50, now pounds 540,000 Hotel price Monopoly pounds 250, now pounds 2m

Now the middle-class New Labour heartland, in the Thirties this part of north London was a dormitory district for lower-paid workers. Islington was the first area of the capital to experience gentrification, in the Fifties, with the trendy middle-classes buying up slum Georgian properties in Canonbury and returning them to their original splendour.

Pall Mall, Whitehall, Northumberland Avenue (pink)

Site value Monopoly pounds 140-pounds 160, now pounds 350/sq ft House price Monopoly pounds 100, now pounds 600,000 Hotel price Monopoly pounds 500, now pounds 3.5m

These areas have changed little since the Thirties. Lined with government offices, Whitehall has been described as "the closest London gets to a street designed to overawe". Downing Street, off Whitehall, was bought up for government use in 1680 and property in the whole area has been pretty much unavailable to the public for a very long time.

Bow Street, Marlborough Street, Vine Street (orange)

Site value Monopoly pounds 180-pounds 200, now pounds 400/sq ft House price Monopoly pounds 100, now pounds 720,000 Hotel price Monopoly pounds 500, now pounds 6m

Three streets at the heart of London's entertainment scene, both now and back in the Thirties. The most famous, Bow Street, boasts the troubled Royal Opera House, currently closed for refurbishment. The street is famous for its police station and magistrates court (from where the Bow Street Runners first ran in the mid-18th century). In fact, it is the famous police stations and magistrates courts that links these three streets, which are not adjacent outside the world of Waddingtons.

Strand, Fleet Street, Trafalgar Square (red)

Site value Monopoly pounds 220-pounds 240, now pounds 375/sq ft House price Monopoly pounds 150, now pounds 675,000 Hotel price Monopoly pounds 750, now pounds 6m

Three adjacent addresses which run from Nelson's Column eastwards to the City. Fleet Street has seen the most dramatic changes. Back in the Thirties, this was the home of national newspapers and press agencies. All this changed in the Eighties, with Rupert Murdoch leading a traumatic exodus. The famous journalists' watering holes remain, but gone for ever is the smell of printing ink.

Leicester Square, Coventry Street, Piccadilly (yellow)

Site value Monopoly pounds 260-pounds 280, now pounds 425/sq ft House price Monopoly pounds 150, now pounds 765,000 Hotel price Monopoly pounds 750, now pounds 10m

Back in the Thirties, Leicester Square had a touch more class than the tourist complex it has become since then. There was, for instance, the original Cafe de Paris, a stop-off for visiting Hollywood stars and royalty alike, which was destroyed in a night of bombing during the Second World War. Piccadilly in the Thirties was regarded largely as a "ladies' shopping area". Piccadilly Circus, which links Piccadilly and Coventry Street, was as brightly lit then as it is now with giant advertising hoardings marking it out as the unmistakeable tourist hub of the capital.

Regent Street, Oxford Street, Bond Street (racing green)

Site value Monopoly pounds 300, now pounds 375/sq ft House price Monopoly pounds 200, now pounds 675,000 Hotel price Monopoly pounds 1,000, now pounds 7.5m

Regent Street and Bond Street have retained their status as better-class shopping areas. Oxford Street is gaudier but has been a thriving shopping street since the days when it formed part of the Roman highway out of London. The only major changes have been in the names on the department stores. Selfridges held unrivalled flagship status in the Thirties as the only really grand store - now most of the major stores have main branches here.

Park Lane, Mayfair (dark blue)

Site value Monopoly pounds 400, now pounds 600/sq ft House price Monopoly pounds 200, now pounds 1m Hotel price Monopoly pounds 1,000, now pounds 12.5m plus

Back in the Thirties, these areas were full of the grand London residences of the aristocracy, who only really opened them for use during the season. With the Second World War, many were left abandoned for years, and now the area is at most a third residential, with the rest given over to office and commercial use. But it is still a magnet to the wealthy: limousines can be seen gliding around, and concierges with caps and forelocks are at the ready at many an address. Some things never change

House value based on average three-bedroom size of 1,800sq ft (not available in some areas). Thanks to Winkworth, Christie & Co, and Foxtons estate agents

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