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Forbidden Planet

Independent Shops

For anyone with a love of pop culture - even a casual interest - the Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue is a veritable Pandora's Box of delights. We've brought people in here claiming to be adamantly anti-geek, only for them to convulse with excitement upon clapping eyes on the True Blood merchandise. There's something here for everyone, and whether you're into graphic design, mainstream pop culture, television or cinema or yes, comic books and Star Wars, the chances are you'll want to grab a basket and go nuts.

The ground floor is heavy on the figurines and toys, anything from recent movie merchandise - Transformers, Alien, Predator and so forth - while the basement has a very large selection of comics and graphic novels, extended fiction, fantasy, art and graphic design plus a handy DVD and anime collection for latent Japanophiles. The book section is particularly awesome, and contains amazing gift ideas. One of London's most fun stores, and a lifesaver for Christmas and birthday present emergencies.

Opening Hours - Mon - Weds, Fri - Sat 1000 to 1900, Thursday 1000 to 2000, Sunday 1200 to 1800.

Nearest tube - Leicester Square or Tottenham Court Road


Forbidden Planet, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, Shaftesbury-Avenue, WC2H 8JR

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