Benjamin Pollock's Toy Shop

Shopping, Toys and games Covent Garden
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Benjamin Pollock's Toy Shop
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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
Address: 44 The Market
Cross street: Covent Garden
Opening hours: Open 10.30am-6pm Mon-Sat; 11am-4pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden tube
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A must-see! This is one of the last original shops still standing in Covent Garden. That’s what makes it such a great place to visit. It truly feels like a museum. No crazy, noisy new toys, just old-fashioned games, including Victorian-style mini puppet theatres. Beautiful and very nostalgic. The toys are great and more resistant than you think, so treat yourself!

Only thing – the shop itself is very small, so don’t expect to spend more than half an hour there and it is situated on the first floor with no lift access, so careful.