Employers have been drawing up plans to protect staff and customers during the anti-capitalist marches scheduled for May Day.
Activists have dubbed this year's demonstration as "May Day Monopoly" after the property buying board game. Demonstration organisers have distributed a game guide on the Internet, identifying targets on the famous Monopoly streets (www.maydaymonopoly.net).
On Oxford Street, for example, Carphone Warehouse is highlighted, with, "Sells Vodafone, key players in pushing for the construction of the Newbury by-pass."
Coutts & Co and the Savoy Hotel are listed on the Strand, with the comment, "Where rich and famous scum stay."
Peta Clifton, senior HR manager at Carphone Warehouse, said the company is taking the threat seriously. Last year, its branch on the Strand was damaged. The company has taken advice from the police and branch managers have been briefed to secure employees and customers within the branch if there is any sign of violence.
The retailer's staff working on or adjacent to the route, such as its loss prevention team, will be kept informed on the day of the demonstration's progress.
They have been provided with emergency contact numbers, and all branch security measures, including CCTV cameras, have been tested.