Forbidden Planet

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Covent Garden
Self-confessed geeks (and otherwise) get together at London’s mega-store for sci-fi, fantasy and comic-related books and memorabilia. Forbidden Planet stocks thousands of books – covering science fiction, animation, graphic arts, computer games, film, horror, sport, superheroes, and more – as well as a huge range of graphic novels, from classic Marvel comics, to obscure small publishers from around the world, to Viz manuals. The store also stocks a good number of signed books, as well as a huge range of DVDs, action figures, posters, clothing, games, and other genre-related merchandise. What’s more, author events take place here regularly. A first port-of-call for Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Doctor Who obsessives.
Venue name: Forbidden Planet
Address: 179 Shaftesbury Avenue
Opening hours: Open 10am-7pm Mon-Wed, Fri; 10am-8pm Thur; noon-6pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden or Tottenham Court Road tube

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This is a bit of a zoo, where crowds can be manic and the action figures + novelty items crowd out space for books. Even browsing the comic section at Waterstone's is a more pleasant experience.


I love Forbidden Planet. It is so easy to lose time here and so hard not to buy loads of stuff!