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Swot up on London trivia with this walking puzzle game

Isabelle Aron

These days London might be all about pizza festivals, giant slides and film screenings in hot tubs, but our city has also got a whole lot of interesting history and it's not just sitting in museums. To celebrate the history behind London's streets, interactive games company Matheson Marcault has created a 'walking puzzle' game called 54 Cities, which leads you on a guided walking tour around London with a deck of cards packed with loads of quirky London trivia. And it's not just boring GCSE history stuff – you can find out why there's a tunnel from South Kensington tube to the museums, or see the Notting Hill house that got taken over by a group of squatters in the 1970s who declared the area an independent country and applied to join the UN.

The deck of cards comes with a map and details of four different walks around London, each themed around a different suit of cards including loss and obsession for hearts and the hidden underground stories for spades. Currently the game only includes walks around Kensington and Chelsea, but if it's successful then they plan to create more versions, starting with Shoreditch and Soho. If you're up for a challenge, there's also a puzzle to solve as you walk, which requires you to match the locations to the cards and crack a secret code to get a secret reward. It's all very secretive. But even if your investigative skills aren't up to scratch, it definitely beats being stuck indoors playing Monopoly.

Find out more about 54 Cities here.

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