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Andreas Tullgren
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I'm going on a holiday to London next week. Does anyone know if there's any good boardgame stores in central London (zone 1-2)?
 
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Ian Scrivins
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Orcs Nest is between Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square.
 
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iansc wrote:
Orcs Nest is between Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square.
And that is the only one!

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Yup Orcs Nest is about your only choice in the centre of town. It's good but very small... amazing how they have managed to squeeze in as much stock as they have.

Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Ave also carries a small stock of games, so if you fancy a general geek-out it's worth a visit too.

Simply Games is meant to be great but it's in Finchley, so not exactly central...
 
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Head out to Leisure Games in Finchley. It has at least 10 times as many games as Orcs Nest - and the staff there even know something about the boardgames they sell and might greet you with a smile when you enter the shop. It will take you about 25 minutes from Central London but is worth the visit
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warth0g wrote:
Simply Leisure Games is meant to be great but it's in Finchley, so not exactly central...
Fixed that for ya
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To the OP, useful map links for the shops above:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/place?q=Orcs+Nest&cid=12179072...

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/place?q=forbidden+planet&hl=en...


 
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andyholt wrote:
warth0g wrote:
Simply Leisure Games is meant to be great but it's in Finchley, so not exactly central...
Fixed that for ya
Oops, thanks. You can tell I've never been there
 
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There is also Compendia in Greenwich (zone 2) http://www.compendia.co.uk/

Nowhere near the stock of 'gamers games' that Leisure Games and Orcs Nest have, but worth a look if you're doing the tourist thing and visiting Greenwich anyway ...
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There's one down on York Road near Waterloo.

Dark Sphere, 57 York Road, Lambeth
 
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bucklen_uk wrote:
There is also Compendia in Greenwich (zone 2) http://www.compendia.co.uk/

Nowhere near the stock of 'gamers games' that Leisure Games and Orcs Nest have, but worth a look if you're doing the tourist thing and visiting Greenwich anyway ...
Also in the category of "if you're doing the tourist thing" is Village Games in Camden market:

http://www.villagegames.com/acatalog/info.html
(don't bother trying to check the online catalogue, the website seems mostly dead)

This shop is tiny - possibly the smallest game shop in the world - but it has a charm of its own. Despite the extremely limited selection I've been pleasantly surprised there on a couple of occasions - I remember finding an Alhambra expansion there that I couldn't find anywhere else a couple of years ago. And Camden market itself is a fascinating place.
 
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Ill visit Orcs Nest for sure! Gonna try to squeese in a visit to Leisure Games aswell.

Thanx for the mapdirections!

How are the prizing in UK, lets say for a game like Mansion of Madness, Talisman 4th ed, Smallworld Underground etc?
 
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A good bet for low prices is to contact Paul at boardgameguru.co.uk and get him to bring the games you want along to a London on Board meetup (meetup.com/LondonOnBoard). Added bonus - you can play the there and then with a bunch of friendly Londoners!
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Orcs Nest is expensive. Leisure games a bit less so. Both have online stores so you can checj prices yourself.

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Sorp222 wrote:
Head out to Leisure Games in Finchley. It has at least 10 times as many games as Orcs Nest
It's several times bigger. I'd be surprised if it reaches quite as much ten times as many games. Both use their space efficiently though.

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and the staff there even know something about the boardgames they sell and might greet you with a smile when you enter the shop.
Never had a problem myself. OK I've not quizzed them on their expertise, but I rarely need it.

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It will take you about 25 minutes from Central London but is worth the visit
Considerably longer than that. Tottenham Court Road to Finchley is about 40 minutes on the Northern Line (according to the app I just checked with) and that's a direct no change route with no allowance for waiting at the start or walking at the end. If you are starting not already on the Northern line then add more. Allowing an hour each way is more realistic.
 
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Having worked at Leisure games and had the misfortune to shop at Orcs Nest before that I can state with a little confidence that:-

1) Its 25 minutes from Tottenham Court Road to Finchley by tube
2) Leisure games have 10 times as many boardgames as Orcs Nest
3) Should you need any information about boardgames other than 'is it in stock' you are most likely to get a sensible answer from the folks at Leisure Games
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The best thing you can do is contact boardgameguru and join London on Board for a session, you can pick up your games and enjoy your afternoon playing something
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