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R Larsen
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Hi all,
I will be in London, near Moorgate tube station over the weekend.
Any wargame shops nearby, that I should visit?
Cheers,
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Unfortunately, none that I have seen. And I am there in the office every day...cry
A nice pub in the corner -the Globe-, anyway. Really busy on Friday afternoons
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Leslie King
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For board wargames there’s only really two in London. Orcs Nest is near Piccadilly tube station, not a bad range upstairs and you can sometimes find oop stuff too. But it is pricey....

Then there’s Leisure Games in Finchley, better prices and range but a good way out from central London.

For miniatures there’s also a shop near Waterloo station.
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Your nearest option is Orcsnest - which is just off Cambridge Circus - from where you are a short tube trip on the Central line and walk down Tottenham Ct Road - doable in a lunch break.

Be advised it's not cheap but does have a goodish selection of waqrgames upstairs.
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LeslieJK wrote:

Then there’s Leisure Games in Finchley, better prices and range but a good way out from central London.


Been there, you might as well shop at their online website - same prices.

I mourn for the little gameshop near the British Museum that had a small, but nice wargame selection in its basement. Both the museum and the shop used to be a fixed part of every trip to London back in the days
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Orcs Nest is the one in Central London and I find it quite hard to resist popping in for a quick scout when I'm down, as it's so central little detouring is generally required.

Be advised, though, that it is a very small store and mainly Euros etc. The board wargames section is probably only very roughly the equivalent of, say, 3 or 4 Ikea bookshelves worth (plus same again for minis and mini rules). When you go in there are stairs on the right of the till up to a sort of gallery - the wargames are up there. Also note it doesn't open Sundays.

Depending on your taste, you might also want to pop in Foyles Bookshop which is just round the corner on Tottenham Court Road and has quite a big military history section (incl lots and lots of Ospreys). And Forbidden Planet is also very nearby (if you're a sci-fi fan).
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R Larsen
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Thanks guys!
I will see if there is time for Orcs Nest.
Otherwise maybe the Globe...
Ras
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eddy_sterckx wrote:
LeslieJK wrote:

Then there’s Leisure Games in Finchley, better prices and range but a good way out from central London.


Been there, you might as well shop at their online website - same prices.

I mourn for the little gameshop near the British Museum that had a small, but nice wargame selection in its basement. Both the museum and the shop used to be a fixed part of every trip to London back in the days

Playin' Games. I remember it fondly, it was the best of games shops while it was there.

Orcs Nest is a waste of time unless you haven't actually been into a games shop before or need to take a game home same day.

Leisure games is fun, if only because they have a proper wargames section.
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eddy_sterckx wrote:
LeslieJK wrote:

Then there’s Leisure Games in Finchley, better prices and range but a good way out from central London.


Been there, you might as well shop at their online website - same prices.

I mourn for the little gameshop near the British Museum that had a small, but nice wargame selection in its basement. Both the museum and the shop used to be a fixed part of every trip to London back in the days


Wha...! That little shop is no more? What a pity. Both of those locations you mentioned were a regular part of my visits to London. Also, The Pillars of Hercules pub on Greek Street in Soho. Oh well, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.
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There was one near the British Museam, but cannot remember it name (not the Orcs Nest).
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So I did a bit of Googling to find a picture of the very distinctive front of the Playin' Games shop, only to come full circle to a post made here back in 2008



It went out of business in 2010.


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Forbidden Planet (179 Shaftesbury Avenue) dose have a games section;


Which is not that far away from the Orcs Nest.
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eddy_sterckx wrote:
So I did a bit of Googling to find a picture of the very distinctive front of the Playin' Games shop, only to come full circle to a post made here back in 2008



It went out of business in 2010.




That was the place.
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eddy_sterckx wrote:
So I did a bit of Googling to find a picture of the very distinctive front of the Playin' Games shop, only to come full circle to a post made here back in 2008



It went out of business in 2010.





Sadly missed. Large wargame selection downstairs, I picked up a lot of stuff from there (including the infamous time I picked up a copy of Pegasus Bridge: ASL Historical Module 4 on my wife's birthday - she hasn't let me forget it).

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gamer72 wrote:

Sadly missed. Large wargame selection downstairs, I picked up a lot of stuff from there (including the infamous time I picked up a copy of Pegasus Bridge: ASL Historical Module 4 on my wife's birthday - she hasn't let me forget it).


Because you didn't buy Module 3 : Kampfgruppe Peipper II - which was the one she really wanted ?

My pre-2010 record-keeping is non-existent, so I have no clue which games I picked up there, but my wallet was always lighter after I left.
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I picked up my first edition Twilight Struggle there back in 2007. To be fair to Orc's Nest, it is much much better stocked than it used to be.
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RAVENBURG wrote:
I picked up my first edition Twilight Struggle there back in 2007. To be fair to Orc's Nest, it is much much better stocked than it used to be.


I skipped going there last December, but maybe I should put it back on the itinerary for my next visit to London.

This reminds me : there's also a very, very tiny gameshop in Camden Lock. Sells mostly mass-market stuff, but also some of the better-known eurogames.
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