Benjamin Pollocks Toyshop


Benjamin Pollock's Toyshop was established in London's Hoxton back in 1856. The shop moved to Covent Garden in 1980 and today still sells the same paper toy theatres it always has. You can also find marionettes, glove puppets and other traditional toys with a theatrical theme.

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Benjamin Pollocks Toyshop

44 The Piazza
Covent Garden
+44 (0)20 7379 7866
Public transport:
Covent Garden, Underground
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Yelp Reviews


4 out of 5 based on 10 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Benjamin Pollocks Toyshop

4.0 out of 5 15 April 2011
by Sarah B.

I'm not gonna lie, this place is straightup creepy. Leering string puppets, a grinning ventriloquist doll, a drawing of a girl with a tree for a head...CREE. PEE.

Despite my wussiness, it was fun poking around the shop and seeing what strange things I could find. These are definitely not your typical toys! These toys are old-fashioned and even a bit weird. But, I can guarantee you will...more

4.0 out of 5 1 November 2009
by Corinna H.

Q: What do you buy the person who has everything?

Answer: A little something from Benjamin Pollock's Toy Shop.

Remember a time when things were much simpler, a time of rocking horses, puppet shows and table top spinners... O.K, well I'm not really that old, but I still appreciate good old fashioned fun, which is what you can find here. From jack-in-the-boxes, string puppets and...more

5.0 out of 5 22 June 2009
by char-lotte

Die and gone to heaven. 22 years gone in an instance and immediately I'm a small child again playing contentedly and concentratedly. I wonderworld of enchantment. Wooden toys, puppets, paper theatres, paper theatres in a match box. Bags of marbles, bags of jacks, brightly painted wooden blocks, spinning tops, I can't stop, I can't stop! My arms are full of things and I keep seeing more. If you...more

3.0 out of 5 22 November 2008
by Jed C.

I'm a guy and I like my things to bang and my things to whizz - do I want my things to hang from strings and to jerk around in a pathetic parody of life? Maybe not. But you might! Or you did when you were a child, and you want to pass this trait down. If so, come to Benjamin Pollock's. A shop above a shove, as such, you feel like you're standing in someone's converted apartment (much like...more

4.0 out of 5 22 November 2008
by Laura Y.

Please excuse me if I sound a little old fashioned but children of today probably wouldn't even know what a jack-in-the-box is. Christmas 'toy' shopping revolves around Wii, computers, and basically anything which you basically interact with on a screen. It is so nice to see a proper old fashioned toy shop and remember what is was like in the days of drummer soldiers and puppets.

This is a...more

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