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Cloves Inactive Member24 Apr 2018 8:29 a.m. PST

pardon me if this has been asked before. I'm heading to London from Eastern Canada this week and would like to hit up some brick and mortar retailers in the the greater London area. I primarily game in 28-32mm scale. Are there any must visit places that sell minis and terrain? (doesn't matter if sci-fi or fantasy)
I'd like to start a list if anybody wants to help out.
So far I know about Orc's Nest and Dark Sphere.

MajorB24 Apr 2018 9:29 a.m. PST

Orc's Nest and Dark Sphere. That's about it.

Cloves Inactive Member24 Apr 2018 9:54 a.m. PST

really? wow! ok. I was expecting somebody to post about some hidden gem of a store somewhere.

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Apr 2018 10:05 a.m. PST

Ypu might consider 4D design. they are fairly central (on the tube line) and have some jolly useful stuff! in addition they are in genuine "railway arches".

ezza12324 Apr 2018 10:14 a.m. PST

Hi Cloves,

The Exiles club meets on a Thursday evening in a pub basement close to the Dark Sphere shop.

Let me know if you are interested in coming along for a game. We will even buy you a drink or two.



Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2018 10:26 a.m. PST

Yes, London retail space is crazy expensive! Even if you are long established and own the property the local business taxes are very high.

Makes it very difficult for little hobby shops to survive!

This is why the wargames show scene is so geared towards shopping…

Cloves Inactive Member24 Apr 2018 10:51 a.m. PST

Martin goddad: have a link to 4d?

Exxa: thanks for the invite. We'll be busy but it's a possibility!

Cornelius Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2018 11:12 a.m. PST

google 4D Model Shop. They sell supplies for architectural modellers and are not the cheapest but they are good. Close to the Tower of London.

Kropotkin30324 Apr 2018 12:54 p.m. PST

What about Leisure Games. Perhaps 30 minutes on the Tube from central London.


Marc at work25 Apr 2018 4:33 a.m. PST

Depends if you are happy getting on a train. Wayland Games is out in Rayleigh, so at least half hour out of town.

But Nottingham may be a better place to visit if you want to browse stuff


Gravett Islander25 Apr 2018 6:03 a.m. PST

Marquee Models in Harlow, Essex. About 30 minutes by train, on the way to Stanstead if that's any use!

ezza12326 Apr 2018 1:04 a.m. PST

There is also the Paradice Board Game Café in Bromley, South East London: link

Although, as it names suggests, it a café full of board games it have a corner of wargaming miniatures, rules and terrain.

The nearest train station is Bromley South, after which around a five minute walk to the café. Fast trains from central London, Victoria station, take under 20 minutes to get to Bromley South.


N Drury27 Apr 2018 10:04 a.m. PST

There is a boardgames cafe in Rochester which is 38 minutes from St Pancras.

Jimlad4828 Apr 2018 2:39 a.m. PST

Warboar / Paradice is great – friendly store and really nice place to hang out and see people. Good wargaming section and a merger of two businesses into one I believe.

Darksphere is good, nice discount and friendly staff – nice range of models, particularly a lot of historicals.

Afraid I don't rate Orcnest at all and am amazed its still in business. Unfriendly surly staff and they charge way more than other stores. Personally I'd avoid it.

Cornelius Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2018 1:05 a.m. PST

I have always found Orcs Nest friendly and helpful.

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