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Forbidden PlanetCrammed with the cream of cult entertainment this shop is a seventh heaven for sci-fi fans. In the old days, Forbidden Planet just stocked every science-fiction book under the stars. These days it has branched out into the realm of Star Trek collectables and Lord of the Rings action figures. Secreted in the basement there is still a colossal selection of books from fantasy to political titles by the likes of Chomsky. Although we can’t promise that Tolkien will be signing your copy of ‘The Return of the King’, they do host frequent book signings. The shop is a Mecca for Star Wars fans and with the vast selection of weapon replicas lining the shelves you can fight your nearest and dearest with your very own light saver. Even if you’re not a die-hard Trekkie, it's worth a look. There is simply a vast collection of the latest and greatest toys, DVDs, comics, trading cards and models. When you do journey to the Forbidden Planet, lets hope the force is with you.

 

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Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £139  21% off
Seven Dials, WC2H | 1 minute from Forbidden Planet
In the middle of Covent Garden, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street (formally the Mountbatten) is perfect for those wanting to be in the heart of ... More
 
 
 
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57 Neal Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Forbidden Planet
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Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D | 8 minutes from Forbidden Planet
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210 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Forbidden Planet
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135 Flitcroft Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Forbidden Planet
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A small Japanese joint with 20 or so seats and limited choices but all of them almost done to perfection prompting Giles Coran to confess in ... More
 
 
 
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Polpo at Ape and Bird
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142 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 3 minutes from Forbidden Planet
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The London Cocktail Club - Shaftesbury Avenue
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68 Dean Street
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68 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D | 5 minutes from Forbidden Planet
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Dominion Theatre 3 minutes walk from Forbidden Planet

The award-winning An American In Paris transfers from Broadway to London, arriving at the Dominion Theatre in March 2017. Described ...More

 
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Ambassadors Theatre 3 minutes walk from Forbidden Planet

Stomp stages an aural assault on your senses at the Ambassadors Theatre. There is no plot, no dialogue and nobody ...More

 
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Palace Theatre 3 minutes walk from Forbidden Planet

Judging by the 36,000 retweets Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling got when she announced ...More

 
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Prince Edward Theatre 4 minutes walk from Forbidden Planet

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