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
Minifigs Skytrex – 13 Gillingham Street, London, SW1
North London Fantasy Games – Hanway Print Centre, 106 Essex Road, London, N1
Rye Stamp & Hobby Shop – 190 Rye Lane, Peckham, London, SE 15
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.
Tally Ho Games – 650 High Road, North Finchley, N12
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!
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!
Games People Play, 5 Wellington Terrace, Notting Hill Gate, London, W2
Just Games, 63 Brewer Street, London, W1R 3PN
Check back for London Games Stores Part 2 tomorrow!
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 1978
White Dwarf 10 December / January 1978 / 1979
Interesting to see computer / console games appear so early on!
White Dwarf 17 February March 1980
White Dwarf 18 April May 1980
White Dwarf 19 June July 1980
White Dwarf 22 December January 1980 / 1981
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.
Looking for a job? Why not apply at the Virgin Games Centre now!
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.
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.
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
White Dwarf 88 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!