Another Monopoly board location that we visited in London was King’s Cross station. The building was opened in 1852 and looks rather staid on the outside – but distinctly more modern inside.
This pub in Islington also caught our attention, since we played the London version of Monopoly as kids. The Angel Islington is one of the properties on the board. In fairness, this isn’t the original Angel – that was located on the corner, adjacent to this more modern one.
We also stopped to admire The York, which points out that the pub is located 0 degrees 6 minutes 19 seconds west of Greenwich Meantime – an amusing reference to the Meantime Brewing Company, which is located in Greenwich.
Of course, those minutes and seconds don’t refer to a time difference. They are measures of longitude. The pub is located 6 minutes 19 seconds west of the Greenwich Meridian. That corresponds to a local time difference of about 25 seconds.
We have a bit of a soft spot for London pubs, and managed to visit a few of them when we were in England a few months back. They all seem to have their own unique character. We spotted this one – The Old Queen’s Head – in the suburb of Islington.
From the pub sign below, there are no doubts about which “old queen” they have in mind. Hmmm, it sounds almost treasonous. In bygone times the old queen might have said ” We are not amused” or even “Off with their heads”.
We saw this large sundial outside Tower Hill tube station in London. It’s known as the Tower Hill Dial and was unveiled in 1992. The base is decorated with bas reliefs showing the history of London Transport. Pity the sun wasn’t shining!
We also saw an interesting clock in St Albans Cathedral – the Wallingford Clock, which is a replica of a 14th century clock.
As well as telling the time, it shows the current positions of the sun, moon and stars, plus the phases of the moon.