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Andrew Heim
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I am traveling to London and I was wondering what game stores were out there that would be easy to get too, I will not have access to a car. any help would be great, this would be my first time in London, so anyhelp how to get there would be great too.

Thanks in advance!
 
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I'm sure someone will link to an old thread on this, but in the meantime, Playin' Games is your best bet in Central London; it's in Museum Street, right next to the British Museum so is easy to find and has a basement half full of Euros (the other half is RPGs and wargames). Don't be put off by the main shop area which is aimed squarely at the mainstream; the goodies are downstairs. Nice people as well.
 
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Andrew,
From Museum Street, walk towards the top of Shaftsbury Avenue where it meets Holborn. Its just over 5 minutes away. There is a SciFi shop there called Forbidden Planet. Downstairs, they have a very small selection of games, plus plenty of CCG type stuff.

When you are done there, take a right out of the shop and continue down Shaftsbury Avenue. Across the road about 5 minutes down you will reach 'Orks Nest' on Earlham Street (I think?). A small shop but has much RPG type stuff plus 'Euro' & wargames, including LOTR, D&D and Battletech figures.
There are many others, but these are the ones I visit as they are close to where I work when in London. I suggest you Google for 'London Shopping' sites to find the rest.
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Here's the addresses from a previous thread:

Playin' Games
33 Museum Street
London
WC1A 1LH
020 7323 3080
(nearest tube Holborn)

Leisure Games - http://www.leisuregames.com
100 Ballards Lane
Finchley
London N3 2DN
020 8346 2327
(nearest tube Finchley Central)

Orcs Nest - http://www.orcsnest.com/
6 Earlham Street
LONDON WC2H 9RY
(nearest tube Leicester Square)

Leisure games is a 20-30 minute tube ride from central London. They probably have a larger stock than Playin' Games, but you're not going to gain much by going to both of them. Also, there are few (if any) bargains to be had if you are coming from the USA. Grumble, grumble...
 
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I was in London in May and made the trek out to Leisure Games in Finchley, and it was a small store with a pretty good selection, but there was nothing there that necessitates making the trip. They had a reasonably nice selection, but nothing that you can't find here, and their prices (esp with the exchange rate!) mean that you're paying a premium for buying it there. It's also a decent (10 minutes or so...which is decent if it's cold out) walk from the tube station (if you decide to go, when you leave the station, you'll go up a sloped road to the main road, turn RIGHT, it's on the right side of the street).

I can't speak for the other stores, Leisure was the only one I managed to get to.

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Thanks every one I guess I was hoping to hear that there would be games in London that were not easy to get here in the USA. I will see what I can fit in, but it seems I will lower a trip to the game store on my list of stuff to do.
 
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Bannor2000 wrote:
Thanks every one I guess I was hoping to hear that there would be games in London that were not easy to get here in the USA. I will see what I can fit in, but it seems I will lower a trip to the game store on my list of stuff to do.
Well I'd still recommend a trip to Playin' Games - especially as it's almost outside of the British Museum so you can do two things with the one trip. They have the usual run of RioGrande games, but also they have some non-english versions of games too. But you have to go downstairs ...

 
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From Museum Street, walk towards the top of Shaftsbury Avenue where it meets Holborn. Its just over 5 minutes away. There is a SciFi shop there called Forbidden Planet. Downstairs, they have a very small selection of games, plus plenty of CCG type stuff.
Forbidden Planet is shut down for good, by the way. I've no idea what happened to them or if they opened a shop somewhere else. RIP.
 
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Forbidden Planet moved round the corner to 179 Shaftesbury Ave (at the top of Neal Street). It's a nice big airy shop, but not many games.

I would go to either Playin' Games or Leisure Games.

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What is really sad about this thread is that we all seem to recognise only 3 or 4 game shops in a city the size of London! These are all fairly small shops too.
 
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The problem is that London is and has been getting steadily expensive. There really arent many good games stores about. However, if you are prepared to travel outside the capital, you will find a number of good stores. These places offer mailing services, and have websites, so there is little point in visiting them, imho.

http://www.bbwargames.co.uk/

http://www.orcsnest.com/

http://www.orcsnest.com/

http://www.gameslore.co.uk/

http://www.spiritgames.com/

are the ones I have found.
 
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