Japanese Book Shops
Adanami Shobo.387 Edgeware Road, Colindale (just south of Oriental City)
Tel: (020) 8201 3499
A second-hand Japanese book shop. Loads of manga with prices to bring
even the stingiest otaku to their knees. Only open on Saturdays and Sundays from noon.
Oriental City, 399 Edgeware Road. (turn right out of Colindale station,
then right at the end of the road)
Tel: (020) 8200 0039
The largest Japanese bookshop in Europe, with the most comprehensive selection
of Japanese comics anywhere. They also have a good CD section with J-pop and anime soundtracks,
some UK anime DVDs and a few imported video games. They can order any book or CD from japan
if it is in print, providing you can supply an ISBN/catalogue number or the title and
author (written in Japanese). Good prices.
212 Picadilly. (south side, near Picadilly Circus)
Tel: (020) 7439 8035
Mainly a book shop, but they also sell anime and manga related
merchandise, and even have a few imported videos and games. Prices are
high, but there is usually some unsold stock being cleared out cheaply.
Dorland House, 14-20 Regent Street (part of the Mitsukoshi department store, south of Picadilly Circus)
Tel: (020) 7839 4839
I haven't visited this one yet.
2 Grosvenor Parade, Uxbridge Road, Ealing.
(turn right out of Ealing Common station)
Tel: (020) 8992 6335
Doesn't stand out from the others particularly.
Specialist SF/Comic Shops
63 Charing Cross Road. (West side, just north of Leicester Square station)
General comics store with a good range of translated comics and some UK
71 New Oxford Street, (south side, near Tottenham Court Road station)
Tel: (020) 7836 4179, website: http://www.forbiddenplanet.com
The largest specialist SF/comic shop in the UK, including an excellent
range of anime goods by default. Comics and magazines are on the ground floor,
videos and DVDs are in the basement. Models and trading cards are mixed in with
the relevent sections elsewhere. Closed on Sundays.
39 Great Russell Street (opposite the British Museum)
Tel: (020) 7636 1011
A comic shop, specialising in non-mainstream comics, including a
comprehensive manga section in the basement. Of all the London
comic shops, this is my favourite.
9 Old Compton Street (near the Charing Cross Road end)
Tel: (020) 7434 9363
Another comic shop.
The following shops stock translated comics and UK video and DVDs, but they
are not centrally located:
143 Lavender Hill, Clapham (5 mins walk from Clapham Junction)
18 Inverness Street, Camden Town. (north west of Camden Town station)
Casino Leisure Centre.
Tottenham Court Road (inbetween Goodge Street station and the Church of Scientology)
Notable as being a beta test site for some arcade game manufacturers (e.g.
Capcom, Komani). This means that they get new games in before anyone
else, or get machines that never appear anywhere else.
32 Rathbone Place. (off Oxford Street near Tottenham Court Road)
New and second hand Japanese/US/UK games of all descriptions.
Retro department in the basement stocks all manner of legacy games and
game systems. The one thing they do not stock are Nintendo imports (for
legal reasons). Good prices, bad service. The staff have good gaming
knowledge, but lack customer service skills.
Trocadero Centre, 40 Shaftesbury Avenue. (near Picadilly Circus)
Labyrinthine indoor theme park and biggest amusement arcade in
London. Has the best range of machines overall, and several unique rides.
Game Focus, Goodge Street. (near Goodge Street Station)
Small shop selling new and second hand video games, including imports.
County Hall, Riverside Building, South Bank (between The London Eye and Westminster Bridge)
Tel: (020) 7967 1066, website: http://www.namcostation.co.uk
Another big arcade, but with the added attraction of a bar and pool hall
attached. Currently the most popular hang out for the otaku-about-town.
Oxford Street (opposite Rathbone place)
There are a few Play2win arcades dotted around central London, but this is the biggest.
48 Brewer Street, Soho. (north of Picadilly Circus)
There are lots of shops around London that stock Japanese groceries, but
this is the only one that is centrally located.
44-46 Lavender Hill, Battersea. (north side, near Queenstown Road)
Tel: (020) 7228 3702, website: http://www.cometminiatures.co.uk
Model kit specialist. A gold mine of Gundam kits, toy robots, vinyl kits
and other goodies. Stock includes some pirate kits.
Hamleys. 188 Regent Street. (east side, near Beak Street)
Huge toy shop. If you're look for anything that's been officially released
in the UK, this is a good place to start. There is a small video arcade in the
399 Edgeware Road, Edgware. (turn right out of Colindale station,
then right at the end of the road)
Big shopping mall. Everything a Japanophile could wish for - restaurants,
bookshop, toyshops, Sega Dome, supermarket, etc. Check out the sweets
section in the supermarket for some interesting goodies.