Benjamin Pollock's Toy Shop

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© Rob Greig
Pollocks
Covent Garden

Climb the creaky stairs past Hobbs and into this shrine to playthings from the past. There are music boxes, traditional puppets, hoopla and spinning tops – in fact, many toys so obscure you’ll likely never have heard of them before, let alone played with them.

Toy theatres make up a good part of the stock, and cost from a couple of quid for one in a matchbox to much more for the really complicated set-ups. If miniature stages aren’t your thing, there are more nostalgic toys, such as china and tin tea sets, paper planes and dolls, vintage-style board games, Steiff teddy bears and music boxes.

Venue name: Benjamin Pollock's Toy Shop
Contact:
Address: 44 The Market
London
WC2E 8RF
Cross street: Covent Garden
Opening hours: Open 10.30am-6pm Mon-Sat; 11am-4pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden tube
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