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“A journey in a time capsule...”

Pollock's Toy Museum & Shop
Reviewed December 8, 2012

We loved this special museum, felt like going back in time. you don't have to be a child for visiting it since there's a child in each one of us.
The toys are spread in this narrow old house between the special rooms, the old attic and the winding staircase.
You'll find trains, cars, dolls, teddy bears, paper toys and a dolls house.
This is a nostalgic visit for the adult and a real treat for the youngest.

2  Thank Ravit1
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

I loved this museum! If you and/or your children are people who appreciate charming and off-beat attractions rather than huge and perfect, this is the place for you! I only wished my 4 year old had not been in such a hurry to zip up the stairs so it would have been possible to take in more of the cases on the walls of the flights of stairs. So much to look at. The toys were so darling - I especially loved the puppet theatre backdrops, antique doll houses, and the teeny tiny little toys from other parts of the globe. The gentleman at the counter was very kind and courteous (allowed me to leave my umbrella stroller inside) and the toy store was great too. I didn't mind the admissions fees - a family run operation must not get much funding, if any, by the government, so they need money to survive in an expensive city like London - think about it! It was definitely worth it....maybe better for children who like to look and take things in, rather than a "do-er" as my child is. She did loooove the toy store though. Might also not be good for frail or claustrophobic folks as well, having to go up and down narrow stairs. Another thing, when we arrived, there was a group of 3 fellow Americans arguing loudly with each other, and later complaining loudly to no one in particular that the "lavatory" did not have working lights or toilet paper. I was embarrassed and cringing over this display of passive-aggressive behavior. If there is no paper, ask for some, or go somewhere else with a working toilet area. Complaining loudly into the air just makes you look like an insecure someone with a superiority complex! Other than having to suffer the embarrassing countrymen/woman, this place was a real treat, the kind you don't come across often!

2  Thank Jackie H
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

A quirky place to visit and see all of the old style toys (some of which you will have had no idea even existed back then). 3 1/2 year old liked it but got a bit scared in the Punch and Judy section (who wouldn't). The store downstairs offers some different and fun toys compared to the mass produced items of today. A quick visit is all that is needed and the entry is only a few pounds per person.

2  Thank Monique B
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

A nice llittle museum which brought back a lot of memories. We have been to a lot of toy museums over the years and its amazing how a museum can have such a different selection of toys. The shopkeeper was pleasant and the entrance was not too dear. It would be imposiblle to look at the shop if you are in a wheelchair or if you struggle with stairs. The place is more a memory trip for adults as little children may not find it that interesting, this depends upon the child though. There are no facilities other than a toilet as the place is quite small.

3  Thank Harry S
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

A nice way to spend an hour in London. Toys from through the ages all displayed in about 5 rooms in what must have been an old house at one time. Not too hard to find and some of the toys brought back memories of my childhood. Thoroughly enjoyable.

1  Thank Colhunt
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