Novelty Automation

Things to do, Games and hobbies Holborn
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This attraction promises an intoxicating mix of end-of-pier fun and eccentric artistry. Its owner, Tim Hunkin, makes coin-operated machines, some of which were once displayed in Covent Garden, others are still at his Southwold arcade The Under the Pier Show. Indeed, it's lack of space at the latter that has led him back to London.

At his new arcade you can see such machines as Is It Art? (an expert determines whether any presented object is art), Alien Probe ('Investigate the captive alien, but try not to annoy it'), the self-explanatory Autofrisk and, best of all, the regulator-evasion game of Money Laundering.

The recently introduced offer of a bucket of 50 tokens for £30 for families and groups of kids is worth bearing in mind if you're planning a summer-holiday excursion on a budget.

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Novelty Automation says
A new London arcade of satirical homemade machines (twinned with 'The Under The Pier Show', Southwold Pier).
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Venue name: Novelty Automation
Contact:
Address: 1A
Princeton Street
London
WC1R 4AX
Opening hours: Wed, Fri, Sat 11am-6pm; Thur noon-8pm. Closed Mon, Tue, Sun
Transport: Holborn or Chancery Lane tube
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Nick P

What a fantastic place! We've loved Tim Hunkin's 'Under the Pier Show' in Southwold for years, so were thrilled to hear about Novelty Automation. This is every bit as bonkers, and just as much fun! A highly recommended way to spend a couple of hours with children (or adults) of all ages. Good old fashioned entertainment, and worth the price of the tokens just to marvel at the ingenuity of the inventor. Properly eccentric British seaside fun in the centre of Kondon, love it!

Laura B
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This is truly a hidden gem! One of the most novel and amusing places I have been to in London. Tim Hunkin is a machine whizz. He has created the aviary clock at London Zoo, the water clock above Holland and Barrett in Covent Garden and he has an arcade on Southwold Pier as well as this outlet in Holborn. This little gallery is the perfect way to pass an hour. Go with friends - it's money and time well spent and you won't regret it. This is operated on a token system, 1 token = £1 (or less if you buy in bulk) and the machines are creative, inventive and not always what you expect! They are as much fun to watch as they are to play. The units are often swapped in and out so it's worth going back - as I certainly will be.