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Pollock's Toy Museum & Shop

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Address: 1 Scala Street, London W1T 2HL, England
Phone Number: 020 7636 3452
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Quirky - social history of British toys

A cramped collection of toys, toy museums and the ephemera of childhood in the UK over the last few hundred years. If you have a particular interest in the history of toys or in... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

My father bought my first Pollocks Toy Theatre here in the 1960's and I have been back twice since to start my own collection.I am of the school of thought that Toy Theatres should be bought for adults not children! They're far too special! This building is a very special slice of history and Haggis the dog keeps going strong!... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

A cramped collection of toys, toy museums and the ephemera of childhood in the UK over the last few hundred years. If you have a particular interest in the history of toys or in the toy theatres that give the museum its name then this is definitely worth going to. Though don't expect electronic displays or carefully curated rooms. This... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This old toyshop and toy museum has been around for many, many years, and it's a real bit of old London. Sells delightful old fashioned and antique toys and books, some new and some old, all kinds of tiny objects for dolls houses, etc. and upstairs in its tiny rooms with creaking floors there are collections of ancient toys. The... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This one is really a hidden gem. Fortunately, me and my boyfriend were the only ones visiting it at the time we got there. The museum is actually a really old house, and it's amazing to explore it. When you enter this house, it's like you are in a movie. You go up some really old and creaky stairs, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Wonderful inventive toys for little people. Old fashioned beautiful toys, books, puppets and theatres.

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Love History and this Museum has been a marked entry in my Diary for some years…… So took this Christmas shopping day in London to visit. Its smaller than I imagined but its full of childhood memories. I personally loved the toy theatres, I made them when I was a Lad, puppets and scenery, even made my Grand children one.... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This museum is a little time capsule. It has a fantastic collection of toys of all descriptions and toy theatres on display.The building is an old building and is atmospheric and really does give you a feeling of stepping back into old London. We loved it and would highly recommend a visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 via mobile

This was our first trip to London and Pollocks Toy Museum was one of our first stops. We loved it! So many wonderful old toys housed in old buildings with narrow staircases and creaky floors. It was very atmospheric and we spent quite awhile in there looking at all the interesting things. Admission was reasonable, and we had a great... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Not very expensive to go in. Two old houses in London that have been joined at the top floor. Lots of old toys but not necessarily in great condition. You only need about an hour for this stop.

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Hidden away and poorly signposted behind Googe St - also hard to find info about this place on the web - but open each day from 10-5pm. No loos, no cafe - just a house crammed with toys from the past. Shop could be better - but we were pleased to get a second paper theatre.

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