In pictures: Trafalgar Square's giant Monopoly board

A giant Monopoly board was installed within London's Trafalgar Square last weekend (2-3 April) as part of the capital's inaugural London Games Festival.


The event, coined Monopoly at the Square, saw a 15m² installation take over the space. It represented an oversized version of the iconic Hasbro board game, and included similarly large dice and playing pieces such as a cat and automobile.

In a shift away from the traditional Monopoly board, the structure showcased a chronological history of video games in the UK, from 1978 to the present day. Highlights included the home computer boom in the 1980s and rise of virtual reality (VR) in the 2010s.

Members of the public were invited to complete a round of the board to learn more about key figures and dates in the gaming industry, and it proved a popular photography opportunity for many a passer-by. 

Michael French, director, London Games Festival said: "The idea behind the giant Monopoly board in Trafalgar Square was to recreate a game that everybody relates to and loves in one of the most iconic areas of London, highlighting the launch of London Games Festival in the most visual fun and interactive way.

"The game board was updated to represent and celebrate the history of the British video games industry. People of all ages came along to enjoy a beautiful spring day in the capital and have a bit of fun and pose for photos on the board."

The London Games Festival (LGF) is taking place from 1-10 April, and is to include a total of 15 events.

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