INSIDE: Everything you need to know about Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop London in Covent Garden.
Big Kids with the heart of a child should not miss this traditional toy stop in Covent Garden London.
This toy shop stocks London’s best range of whimsical, old-school toys and Victorian toys we’ve seen, and I dare you to leave without one.
Benjamin Pollock’s toyshop is THE place to buy British toys.
It’s near on impossible to exit this shop EMPTY-HANDED.
Take a look inside below.
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Guide to Victorian Toys at Benjamin Pollock’s ToyShop London
Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop is located in Covent Garden Market.
It’s the best toy store London has if you are keen to reminisce about your childhood.
Visit even if you don’t have kids tagging along!
Some argue it’s one of the best toy shops in England!
This London toy shop is crammed floor to ceiling with all the best toy theatres, toys and games.
Visit for yourself and decide.
At Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop, you can take home a piece of authentic toy history for modern-day children.
Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop specialises in toy theatres:
- 3D cardboard puppet theatres
- paper cutout theatres
- more robust versions made from wood
- and, of course, puppets.
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Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop shopping
Pop in to find all these authentic British toys and games for sale.
- wooden toys
- tin soldiers
- pop-up puppets
- Victorian paper dolls
- Victorian toys
- Ballerina music boxes
- children’s books
- board games
- soft toy
- stationery & notepaper
- copies of Victorian-era childhood inventions – kaleidoscopes, dominoes, noughts & crosses games, spinning tops
- gift boxes
There’s also a British toy brand to suit every pocket money budget.
Puppets and Dolls Upstairs at Benjamin Pollock Toy Shop
Be sure to go upstairs at this Covent Garden toy store to see intricate puppets and dolls.
If you are looking for a lovely and unique memento of your time in London, this place is a must do.
Grandparents will love the little blast from the past, and children of today won’t believe what their parents and grandmas and grandpas played with all those years ago.
Comparing the sweet nostalgic toys of yesteryear at this London toy store with what they have access to today?
The kids will be INCREDULOUS.
The best thing about a visit to Benjamin Pollocks Toyshop?
You’ll open the kids eyes to what fun the imagination can be!
READ MORE: Visit the Biggest Toy Store in London at Hamleys London
MORE of the BEST Covent Garden Shops
While you are in Covent Garden, do yourself a favour and visit these other Covent Garden shops too.
They are the perfect place to pick up all the best London souvenirs. (Read our guide for tips)
No.1: Hardys Sweets Shop
Pick up all your favourite London lollies at this British sweets shop in Covent Garden.
25 New Row, Covent Garden London, WC2N 4LA. Open Monday to Saturday from 11 to 8pm, and Sunday 11 to 6pm.
No.2: Hotel Chocolat
For elegant London souvenirs of gift boxed chocolates.
Beautiful leather goods, handbags, and ready to wear clothes for women
No.4: Cath Kidson Covent Garden
For classic British style, whimsical designs and bright colourful patterns on bags, totes, luggage and London souvenirs.
Open 7 days.
No.5: Floral Street
Elegant perfumery with a difference.
No.6: Whittard of Chelsea
Specialist teas, limited edition artisan coffees, and exclusive blends.
Amazing array of English stationery, cards, and gifts
No.8: The Apple Market
A collection of the best handmade gifts and souvenirs in London, set up in the undercover market in Covent Garden.
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Covent Garden Shops for Kids
No.1: Moomin Shop
The boutique is entirely devoted to the Moomins, Tove Jansson’s loveable hippo-like trolls, and stocks:
- Moomin books
- Moomin clothing
- Moomin stationery, and
- rare memorabilia emblazoned with these adorable characters from Finland.
Read our Moomins guide (Location no.4) to find out more.
No.2: Pylones Covent Garden
This unusual store sells a creative array of quirky accessories for home and garden, as well as gifts for friends and pets.
If you love bright bold design, pop in! (pictured above)
No.3: The Tin Tin Shop
At the Tintin shop in Covent Garden, fans of the Belgian boy reporter and his global adventures can buy Tintin and friends:
- cups, mugs and plates crockery
The Covent Garden Punch and Judy Pub
Why not eat lunch at the iconic Punch and Judy Pub, built in 1787?
Try all your British faves, including sausage and mash!
(If you happen to visit on a Sunday in May, keep an eye out for the Covent Garden Punch and Judy Festival)
You can also find plenty more food & drink options in Covent Garden
What to do in Covent Garden with Kids?
London Transport Museum Covent Garden
The London Transport Museum in Covent Garden is a must-visit if you are in London with kids.
Don’t miss the gift shop at the entrance.
Stop in there even if you dont have time for the museum.
The London souvenirs range is spectacular!
MORE Things to do in Covent Garden with kids
No.1: West End Shows for kids
See a live theatre production at Lyceum Theatre. We are booked to see Disney’s the Lion King soon.
No.2: Royal Opera House shows for kids
Enjoy a show at the Royal Opera House
Wander around to see the beautiful architecture and theatres near Covent Garden including the London Coliseum with the famous revolving globe
No.3: The London Postal Museum
The London Postal Museum is a 25 minute walk away at 15-20 Phoenix Place London WC1X 0DA.
Don’t miss this London museum for kids.
It is FULL of activities for them to do.
(Read our review soon.)
The Original British Toy Museum – Pollocks Toy Museum!
If you like checking out Victorian toys, follow your toyshop fun with a visit to Benjamin Pollocks Toy Museum on Goodge Street in Bloomsbury London.
It’s just a 10 minute train ride from Leicester Square tube station nearby.
Read all about Pollock’s Toy Museum here.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Benjamin Pollocks Toy Shop Covent Garden
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Address: Pollocks Covent Garden can be found at 44 The Market, Royal Opera House, London WC2E 8RF, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 7379 7866
Email: [email protected]
Website: Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop
Benjamin Pollock Toy Shop Opening Hours:
- Mon – Wed: 10.30am – 6.00pm
- Thur – Sat: 10.30am – 6.30pm
- Sunday – 11.00am – 6.00pm
Entry Fees: Free entry to Pollock’s Toy Shop.
How to get to Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop London:
Click here for all the details on how to get to Covent Garden by foot, tube, train, car, or taxi.
Covent Garden Parking
- If possible, it is best to avoid driving to Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop in Covent Garden as parking is very restricted. There is limited on-street parking with meters on some surrounding roads.
- If driving, it is essential to remember to pay the Congestion Charge. The charge can be paid online, in selected shops and petrol stations, by post, by SMS from your mobile phone or by phone on +44 (0)20 7649 9122.
- Two of the largest car park providers in central London are Masterpark and NCP
Map of Benjamin Pollocks Toyshop Covent Garden
Facilities at Covent Garden
Toilets: Inside the market building. £1 entry.
Disability access: Limited
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Friday 15th of May 2020
Lovely shop. I remember having been there when I was 15 and also when I was 30! Always loved it. Other magical toy shops to feature: In Den Olifant in Ambers (Belgium), Grasshopper in Brussels, in Amsterdam a shop named De Kinderfeestwinkel and in Madrid, my shop, La Bolsa Mágica which is a shop inhabited by fairies inside the tree that sits inside.
Saturday 16th of May 2020
Thanks for the tip on those other magical toy shops too! (PS: I appreciate being asked before you drop a sneaky backlink in my comments.)