The Definitive London Travel Guide
Benjamin Pollock's Toy Shop
44 Covent Garden Apple Market, WC2 tel 020/7379 7866;
www.pollocks.cwc.net. Tube: Covent Garden. Mon-Sat
An old-fashioned outlet selling puppets, traditional teddies and
dolls, as well as charming model theatres complete with cut-out
sets, props and tiny actors.
Children's Book Centre
237 Kensington High St, W8 tel 020/7937 7497;
www.childrensbookcentre.co.uk. Tube: Kensington High Street.
Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat 9.30am-6.30pm, Tues 9.30am-6pm, Thurs
9.30am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm.
Immense bookshop just for kids, where classic yarns nestle with
the best in contemporary adolescent fiction.
Davenport's Magic Shop
Charing Cross Shopping Arcade, WC2 tel 020/7836 0408.
Tube: Charing Cross or Embankment. Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm,
London's oldest magic shop sells tricks for the professional and
the infant amateur.
100 Oxford St, W1 tel 020/7637 7911. Tube: Tottenham Court
Road. Mon-Sat 9.30am-9pm, Sun noon-6pm.
All the latest computer games to excite the goggle-eyed
enthusiast, plus more traditional board games.
Eric Snook's Toyshop
32 Covent Garden Market, WC2 tel 020/7379 7681. Tube:
Covent Garden. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm.
Eschewing movie merchandise and cheap tat, this shop sells
only the most tasteful, meticulously crafted playthings.