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Mark Holmes
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Hi guys

I'm looking to visit London sometime in March with my son, and I was wondering which London games shop is the one to visit. Criterion:

1. fairly central
2. Wide range of stock including wargames and Euros
3. has the WOW! factor ie an Aladdin's Cave of boardgames.

Does such a place exist?

Thanks in advance ... Mark
 
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John Mitchell
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Orc's Nest and Playin' Games are both central, while Leisuregames has the best range of stock and gets closest to a WOW.

All depends on your definition of central and WOW, I suppose
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My own query (and responses):
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/309774

Related London question (and responses) concerning food options:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/311645

Summary:
Orc's Nest has a lot and has advertised in Dragon forever, but feels a bit like being on part of a submarine.

Playin' Games has many games, and the good stuff is in the basement, but no place to play and I didn't get a sense of comraderie.

I didn't get out to Leisure Games, it was too far distant and didn't fit our schedule.
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Chris Geggus
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Maybe of more interest might be the location of Playin' Games. They are in Museum Street, directly opposite the British Museum, so depending on the age and interests of your son, you may want to double up and do both places on the same day.

I have always felt that all games shops in London, over many years, have all lacked a little something. Too much looking for the sale, not enough looking for the relationship. Shame, but I guess that is the way of the world nowadays.
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Marty M
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What Chris said.

Playin' Games is in a fascinating part of London. The basement is a (relatively speaking) Aladdin's Cave.

The British Museum is well worth a visit. Also check out the antiquarian bookshop round the corner from Playin' Games with its window display of books with mad titles - you'll know what I mean when you see it.

You could also seek out the Lamb & Flag pub in Lamb's Conduit Street, about 10 minutes' walk from playing games - a beautiful wee pub with original victorian 'snob screens'.

Leisure Games is a better shop with a wider selection of games (particularly wargames) but it is quite a trek out of the centre of town.

 
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As I no longer maintain the uk.games.board FAQ list (it turned into a Wiki here somewhere) which listed UK games shops, I may not be as up to date as I was, but there are others. If in Greenwich, try Compendium. (Don't go to Greenwhich for it, but the National Maritime Museum is free and excellent, and there's the Observatory, and the ships - though what state is the Cutty Sark in? - and more.) Did the small shop in Camden market survive the fire there? Very small, and mostly of interest for puzzles, but again if there (less to recommend from me) pop in. I'm not sure what else there is (And So It Begins folded for one.)

But the Leisure Games (good, more remote), Orc's Nest (smaller, slightly more central), Playin' Games (right by British Museum) advice is the standard one. I'll just add that the ON is better than PG for a few things (figure wargames rules for one) while PG is better on board games.

And there are a few board games in Forbidden Planet, so if buying Fantasy/SF books, try there.
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Leisure games is probably the best 'games' shop in the inner london area and probably worth the trip out to East Finchley - you'll probably have that covered by your tube ticket if you ask.

Probably best to check out Leisure games' web site first to see if it stocks good you want to buy/fondle... also try to find out if Angus still works there!

CHRIS
 
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Goldenturkey wrote:
... also try to find out if Angus still works there!
If someone isn't misusing his name, he still works there, as the weekly update of new and restocked games e-mail is signed with his name.
 
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Dearlove wrote:
Did the small shop in Camden market survive the fire there? Very small, and mostly of interest for puzzles, but again if there (less to recommend from me) pop in.
It wasn't touched, the fire seemed more impressive from a distance than it was actually destructive. I was out for dinner near Mornington Crescent that night, it was certainly a show!
 
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I was at "Playing Games" last weekend, as recommended also downstairs, and I was really not impressed. Maybe Germany is gaming store arcadia... but what I saw there was not different from any german district capital gaming store. Everything else I visited was breathtaking though.
To see the Lewis chessmen upclose.... :surprise:
 
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WOW, oops, WOW
Goldenturkey wrote:
Leisure games is probably the best 'games' shop in the inner london area and probably worth the trip out to East Finchley - you'll probably have that covered by your tube ticket if you ask.
Probably best to check out Leisure games' web site first to see if it stocks good you want to buy/fondle... also try to find out if Angus still works there!
CHRIS
Errrr, you won't find LEISURE GAMES in East Finchley. Go to FINCHLEY CENTRAL on the tube, plus a three minute walk, definitely worth it. meeple
Angus left recently.
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