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Karlis Lauva
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hi, guys!

i am planning a trip to london, and there are some games in my wishlist (there is a pretty good board game in latvia, but all the good stuff is sold out very fast ), so.. could you recommend some good board game shops in london?
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Karlis

Hope you have enjoy your trip to the world's greatest city. I can think of two shops in central London.

Orcs Nest - 6 Earlham Street
Playin' Games - Museum Street

However, whilst they both have a good range of board games you are not guaranteed to get anything from your list as cool stuff tends to go from these as well.




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This is a good thread:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/120302

Leisure games in Finchley also has a very good selection of games.
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If you can tell us where you are staying in London, we can direct you to the nearest shop first and only if you can't get what you want, then you may need to look further afield.

BTW - look out for the prices. The Pound is weak against the Euro, but still strong against the Dollar. You will be paying a fairly high price for most mainstream games.

Enjoy London, it's great (except for the prices!).
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i am staying in kensington. but i will go to camden town & some 'default must-see places' as well.
 
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Avoid Hamleys - the self styled "The worlds greatest Toyshop" has a terrible board game selection.
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Bakelite wrote:
This is a good thread:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/120302

Leisure games in Finchley also has a very good selection of games.
Wow! What a fantastic list! I never knew about that list until now. Bas has done an amazing job. It just goes to show what hard work is done by so many hands.

Cheers,
Jon.
 
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The best board game shop in London is

Leisure Games
100 Ballards Lane
Finchley
London N3 2DN
http://www2.leisuregames.co.uk/acatalog/ContactUs.html

They have an excellent selection and the staff are helpful. I'm not a member of staff there by the way. Get the tube to Finchley Central (Northern Line), leave by the Ballards Lane exit, walk up the little hill and turn right. Keep walking - there's some nice coffee shops, or if you want to save money there's a Greggs'. I recommend the chicken pasty.

In Central London there is Orc's Nest.
http://www.orcsnest.com/

The board game selection is not as good as Leisure Games but they have a good selection of RPGs. It's just off Shaftesbury Avenue and very near to Forbidden Planet - a pretty good comic / sci-fi shop.

You're close to Long Acre - best street in London for Men's clothes. You're also close to Soho, where you can eat good food or have sex with a man with a big moustache or an Eastern European prostitute - ironic if you're from Latvia! I recommend Ten Ten Tei, an excellent Japanese restaurant on Brewer Street.

Playing Games on Museum Street used to be good but I was in there the other day and there were very few board games. I don't know whether they were just waiting for new stock (I suspect not as they had three copies of the ToI expansion). It's worth going to if you;re around the corner in the British Museum.

If you like art I strongly recommend the Courthald Gallery (free on Mondays before 1430)
http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/visitorinfo/index.shtml

and also the Royal Academy, which has a good exhibition of art from Russia at the moment.
http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/planyourvisit/

Sorp222 wrote:
Avoid Hamleys - the self styled "The worlds greatest Toyshop" has a terrible board game selection.
What he said.
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Playin' Games - Museum Street


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And, of course, the best way to get to any game store in London, is to take the Tube:



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If you go to Playin'games be sure to check out the basement. The ground floor hasn't got much in it from a gamer perspective, the basement has all the goodies.

And yeah, they do seem to be running low on stock at the moment.
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I went in to Playin' Games about 10 days ago and asked what had happened. The shelves were far more empty than usual. Apparently too much money was spent at Christmas on buying....

But the shelves weren't full so lots of selling had taken place?

The best games shop in London remains Leisure Games. They have 1 of many, many games and the games are well displayed.

http://www.leisuregames.com/index.html

The site has a listing of what's coming out each week

http://www2.leisuregames.co.uk/acatalog/NewReleases.html

which is a quick scroll through the sections of games/miniatures/RPG/CCG's that you might like. I find this a very useful way of browsing through recent releases.
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Yes, the stock in Playin' Games was very limited last week - probably about half the boardgames there usually are. I overheard a conversation when I was there in December that supports Alan's comments and I hope they aren't having cash flow problems.

At the same time, Travelling Man here in Bristol has suddenly closed its doors for the last time and gone away. I guess that the competition from on-line retailers is making things really difficult.

I still cannot understand why Playin' Games doesn't have a web presence.
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I was in London for the marathon over the weekend and I visited Orc's Nest and Playin' Games (unfortunately I didn't have time to go out as far as Finchley to visit Leisure Games).

Orc's Nest were good. I picked up five of the six games I went for (Horus Heresy, Mystery Express and the three small box expansions for Last Night on Earth - there was a heartbreaking gap on the shelf where I suspect the sixth choice, Growing Hunger, should have been). When Mystery Express turned out to have a damaged piece, they replaced it straight away.

On the other hand, Playin' Games' selection is still woefully inadequate - they didn't have a single game on my list.

P.S. I don't recommend hauling five board games on foot across central London on a Friday afternoon!
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Playin Games is not a great shop IMHO.
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While you're at the Orcs nest a short trip down the same road is Forbidden Planet - they often stock some of the more popular FFG & Euro games but is worth a visit anyway for the sheer amount of geekery on display.

If you are in London for a while why not come down to London on Board for an evening: http://www.meetup.com/LondonOnBoard/.
 
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Thanks for all the great information - I'm visiting London for the next 10 days or so, ad have already been to Hamley's (which was very disappointing i.t.o board games) and Playin' Games (which was 'only ok' - even by South African standards..)

Looking forward to checking out Orc's Nest and Leisure Games today

And of course the rest of London. Games first though!
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Orc's nest had a decent enough selection of board games, even though it seems to cater more to role-playing fans, but after visiting the wonderfully helpful staff and awe inducing array of games at Leisure Games, I can highly recommend making a trip there. Thanks guys!
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Hi! I've been in London and this is what I've found!!!

What's this? It's It was Playin' Ganes, 33 Museum Street!

And this is Orcs Nest...


(The Orc on the right side is me...)
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I love Orc's Nest. It is my favourite store and the staff are brilliant. They have contacted me several times when games I have wanted haven't been in and then arrive. Nothing seems too much trouble. Also like the way the games are stocked, a little haphazard but it could be a room in someone's house which gives you a nice feeling.
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Yes, Playing Games has closed June 2010.

Orc's Nest is very good. It is cramped (as everything in London) but they have a good selection. Leisure Games is also very good but it's quite the trip out to Finchley.
 
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Simon Mueller wrote:
Yes, Playing Games has closed June 2010.

Orc's Nest is very good. It is cramped (as everything in London) but they have a good selection. Leisure Games is also very good but it's quite the trip out to Finchley.
Playing Games is closed?! Absolutely heart-broken. I spent so much of my childhood in that shop. However.....

I cant say I'm surprised. I last visited about a year ago and it was a shadow of its former self. The shelves were bare and the bloke working there honestly didnt seem like he knew anything about what he was selling. As London increasingly seems to becoming nothing more than Starbucks and Tescos, the closure of a shop like Playing Games is a big blow to the vibrancy of the City.

Very sad. cry
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Playing Games is closed?! Absolutely heart-broken. I spent so much of my childhood in that shop. However.....
Oh yes... very very closed!

Since it was not possible to contact the store via email, I sent a good old-fashioned paper-letter to order a bunch of board games - Just to be sure that they were in stock, when we left the British Museum.
Of course I never heard from the store, and I'm pretty sure that my 3 weeks old letter still lay buried in the large pile of mail inside the door

Omg..the mirror-image is quite revealing blush
 
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I'm heading to London on the weekend, and this thread has come in handy

My own particularly cramped but charming addition to the list would be Village Games in Camden:
http://bit.ly/dBrpny

Can anyone comment on Compendia Games in Greenwich?
http://www.compendia.co.uk/index.htm

 
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terrene wrote:
I'm heading to London on the weekend, and this thread has come in handy

My own particularly cramped but charming addition to the list would be Village Games in Camden:
http://bit.ly/dBrpny

Can anyone comment on Compendia Games in Greenwich?
http://www.compendia.co.uk/index.htm
Perfectly reasonable games shop, but not as good as The Orc's Nest despite being larger. Worth dropping into if you are in Greenwich (and there are many good reasons to visit Greenwich) but nit worth going to Greenwich for. (In contrast, Leisure Games is the only reason I've been to Finchley, while the Orc's Nest is central, no significant detour needed.)
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