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Benjamin Pollock's Toy Shop

Shopping, Toys and games Covent Garden
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
© Rob Greig Pollocks

Time Out says

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.



Address: 44 The Market
Cross street: Covent Garden
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden tube
Opening hours: Open 10.30am-6pm Mon-Sat; 11am-4pm Sun
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In the middle of all new shops and ice cream parlours (so many!), you easily miss this little door taking you upstairs – and to the past! The shop has been selling toys for more than 100 years, and it’s like entering a museum; they are still selling toys they were selling when they started! It’s a pity it’s so small, otherwise you’d definitely want to stay long, just experimenting and finding out about all the little toy theatres, games and shadow boxes. Perfect to find different gifts for kids (and adults)!


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.

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