London Games Stores – Part 2

Her’s the second part of our London Role Playing Game store round-up, I’d not hear of any of these stores before I started going through the back issues of White Dwarf magazine, but that all look fun, wish I could have visited all of these back in the day!

Games World – 129 Kings Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 9JG

Games World WD74 December 1985

Minifigs Skytrex – 13 Gillingham Street, London, SW1

Minifigs Skytrex WD12 April May 1979

North London Fantasy Games – Hanway Print Centre, 106 Essex Road, London, N1

North London Fantasy Games WD10 Dec Jan 1978 1979

Rye Stamp & Hobby Shop – 190 Rye Lane, Peckham, London, SE 15

Rye Stamp & Hobby Shop WD24 April May 1981

Space Oddities – Oddities Market, 72/73 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1

If I could visit just one store featured here it would be this one, just the name of the place and the slightly trippy looking logo makes me think this place would have been a lot of fun.

Space Oddities WD71 Nov 1985

Space Oddities WD73 Jan 1986

Tally Ho Games – 650 High Road, North Finchley, N12

Tally Ho Games WD 1 June July 1977

Tally Ho WD2 Aug Sep 1977

Tally Ho WD8 Aug Sep 1978

Check back tomorrow when we’ll look at how the London comic book stores of the time got in on the role playing game action!

London Games Stores – Part 1

As well as Games Centre and Games Workshop, London had a whole load of other role playing games stores through the 1970s and 1980s, on our hunt through the pages of White Dwarf magazine I found a lot of adverts for long gone shops that I’d never heard of. I never visited any of these stores so I don’t have any real insight into them but the adverts are all fun to read,  here’s Part 1 of the other London Games Stores:

Gamers In Exile – 283 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London

Very close to the beloved Scala Cinema and Kings Cross was also home to The Duke for many years!

Gamers In Exile WD60 Dec 1984

Gamers In Exile WD64 April 1985

Gamers In Exile WD74 December 1985

Games People Play, 5 Wellington Terrace, Notting Hill Gate, London, W2

Games People Play WD47 Nov 1983

Games People Play WD49 Jan 1984

Games People Play WD52 April 1984

Games People Play WD58 Oct 1984

Just Games, 63 Brewer Street, London, W1R 3PN

Just Games WD6 April May 1978

Just Games WD51 March 1984

Just Games WD59 November 1984

Check back for London Games Stores Part 2 tomorrow!

Games Workshop – The White Dwarf Adverts

Games Workshop are the publisher / owner of White Dwarf magazine and their store adverts were in every issue in various different styles right from the start. I don’t really have any real personal connection with their stores, but it’s great to see the progression from the start as they grown and expand their shops across the country. Here’s a selection of the most interesting adverts from White Dwarf.

White Dwarf Issue 6 April May 1978Games Workshop WD6 April May 1978

White Dwarf 10 December / January 1978 / 1979

Interesting to see computer / console games appear so early on!

Games Workshop Atari WD10 Dec Jan 1978 1979

White Dwarf 17 February March 1980

Games Workshop WD17 Feb March 1980

White Dwarf 18 April May 1980

Games Workshop WD18 April May 1980

White Dwarf 19 June July 1980

Games Workshop WD19 June July 1980

White Dwarf 22 December January 1980 / 1981

Games Workshop WD22 Dec Jan 1980 1981


Games Centre – The Virgin Years

Games Centre WD55 July 1984

Here’s Part 2 of our Games Centre advert archive from the pages of RPG magazine White Dwarf. This advert appeared in WD issue 55 from July 1984 and signaled the absorption of the store into the Virgin Megastore that it must have been right next to, or have actually been part of. An interesting thing is that I actually have memories of visiting this place on Oxford Street, when  first started looking for these adverts I didn’t realise it was the place I visited, I thought that was actually the Virgin store, but now that I know they’re one and the same it’s great to know I dropped in a couple of times all the way back in the 1980s.

Games Centre WD56 August 1984

Games Centre WD57 Sep 1984

Games Centre WD65 May 1985

Looking for a job? Why not apply at the Virgin Games Centre now!

Games Centre WD69 Sep 1985

This generic advert appeared many times in White Dwarf over the years. But it also quietly highlighted another key phase in the Gams Centre history, a move of the shop further up the street to 100 Oxford Street, not sure of the exact date it happened but this advert appeared in December 1985.

Virgin Games WD74 December 1985

This advert from WD issue 78 from April 1986 was the first of the more corporate generic looking adverts that just don’t appeal to me in the same way as the previous styles.

Games Centre WD78 April 1986

Here’s a final two interesting adverts in the form a yearly letter from National Games Centre Manager Bob Malin letting their customers know the sate of the stores and what to look forward to in the future.

White Dwarf 77 May 1986

Games Centre WD77 May 1986

White Dwarf 88 April 1987

Games Centre WD88 April 1987

So that wraps up our look at Games Centre in London, I’m not sure of the date the store closed or really any more info about it, we didn’t even get to see any pictures of the place, but it did bring back my memories of actually visiting the place at least once, so that’s great to know I stepped foot in there. If anyone reading these posts has any more info about any of the Games Centres stores, used to work there, has any pictures, stories, store bags or anything else interesting them please do let us know!

This isn’t the end of our London games stores features, there’s loads more to come as look at all the other stores we found in the pages of White Dwarf. See you soon!