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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Whenever my brothers visits London, they go to FP before they see me. One time my youngest didn't even tell me he was here so that he could spend more time gawking at comic books. In fairness this place ALWAYS has what you're looking for, from limited editions to obscure figurines. They do celebrity signings every few months as well. 

ana m

Forbidden Planet has a wide selection of items relating to popular culture - from Aliens to Spiderman, Zelda to Ghostbusters - rest assured that if you want it, they will have it.

Although the prices can seem a bit steep, owning items which are often made with incredible detail is well worth it. 

Whether you are a tourist or a fan of novelty stuff, this is the place to go.

Kira H

My favorite shop where it's allowed to be an adult in a childish universe.


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!