Businesses in London are bracing themselves for today’s May Day demonstrations against global capitalism.
Many shops and businesses around Oxford Street will close and some have taken down door plaques to prevent potential troublemakers identifying them.
Last year’s May Day protests descended into violence as demonstrators launched a violent assault on a McDonalds store and defaced public monuments around Whitehall.
Companies warned employees to avoid wearing suits and some retailers have closed altogether.
Organisers of the protests have publicised events at locations corresponding to squares on the Monopoly board game, including Old Kent Road, Strand, Fleet Street, Kings Cross and Pentonville Road.
Employers received a warning claiming that demonstrators could target companies such as McDonalds, Tesco, Sainsbury, Coffee Republic, Starbucks, HSBC, NatWest and Barclays.
Companies named on the Mayday Monopoly website, included the bank Coutts and the Prison Service.
Coutts was singled out because Mayday organisers believed it had a reputation for pandering to royals and the mega-rich – but a spokesman insisted that business would go ahead today as usual.