West End, London
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JG
- Tottenham Court Road Tube Station (0.3 km)
- Covent Garden Tube Station (0.3 km)
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020 7420 3666
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“We are an independent bookshop on Clapham High Street. We offer a great hand-picked selection of titles including fiction, children's and art books. Whatever we don't have in the shop we can normally order within 24 hours. We also host children's...” more...
47 reviews of Forbidden Planet in English
A big comic book and merchandising store. Here is everything you could wish for collectors. The comic book collection is huge. Figures, models, literature, everything is there. I ran out of money the last time I was there. Just great store.
If you've ever been to Covent Garden probably you wished you have the money to buy at least 80% of the stuff you saw. But I remember the first time one of my friends brought me here, I said something like: "Thank God I don't have any money with me". This is the kind of shop where I can easily spend my monthly wage in less than 1h. If you are into comics, TV series, action figures merchandise and gadgets in general then classify this place as dangerous. You have been warned.
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Welcome to sci-fi geek wonderland.
One can spend hours there, despite the lack of air conditioner, which really boils you downstairs. There is a large variety of comics, illustration books, action figures, movie posters and t-shirts and - very important - japanese horror movies dvds. A friend of mine is a great fan of this specific genre and he's happy to find mostly everything in there. Comics lovers: you might find these packs with 5 comics for like £1 , and, despite the fact you can't choose which ones you are buying, it's quite interesting to see what luck can bring you for such a low price.
Absolutely amazing if you're into comic books, video games, and general nerd (used in a positive way) things :D I stumbled upon it as I was wandering down Shaftesbury Avenue and sort of went in not even knowing what was inside, but it seemed interesting. When I got in I was amazed at all the merchandise. There's so much television show/movie/video game memorabilia that it would likely take you forever to look through everything. The comics and books section downstairs is huge and varied. I nearly cried tears of joy while I was inside, I was in my own little heaven :D
As far as comic book shops go if your gonna get what you want it will be here probably but at a price.
FP is the biggest comic shop chain in the UK, the flag ship London store stocks comics, books, games, merchandise from toys to stormtrooper armour, if you want it'll prolly be here.
Be warned you will pay a premium though, there is also the oddity that some of the items in store are cheaper midweek than at the weekend. You can get most things cheaper locally or online, but they do get most of the visitors to the uk going there and it is central London so you expect a slight increase in prices.
The staff down stairs are fare more knowledgeable than this upstairs, especially the books department they're really good.
The specialist comic books are generally a good 10-20% above market value.
Be aware if using the web site for forbidden planet as there are 2; one based in the England and one in Scotland. The Scottish one is far better value for money than their British counterpart
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This place is so much fun! You can spend ages in there. I even ordered their items on line twice now, they deliver fast! A good shop! The only thing is the price is a bit high. Still a good shop overoll!
This is a Mecca for geeks of all ages, price ranges, and genders. From Star Wars and Doctor Who to indie comics and collectables, you can find anything and everything. I could spend hours (and massive amounts of money) there. Be sure to head over for guest readings and signings, featured on the website - you can rub elbows with luminaries as well as up and coming artists. I only wish they had a bag/backback storage area, and the isles are terribly narrow and I am always afraid of knocking things over.
If Gosh! comics were the well made indie film of comic stores in London, then Forbidden Planet is the Summer blockbuster (with all that, that entails).
FB is a must for any geek passing through London. In fact any self respecting geek outside of London (and by that I mean in the rest of the world, ok maybe Europe) knows about Forbidden Planet. I think with the move to the new sparkly location, FB finally lives up to its Mecca like reputation, leaving that grotty New Oxford Street building behind.
The entryway is pretty impressive, all glass and steel and well illuminated display cases full of the latest and greatest comic/film merchandise, the rest of this floor is stocked with TV/art/comic related toys, t-shirts and themed magazines. Downstairs there are fantasy art/sculpture display cases, graphic novels, comics, s-f/fantasy fiction, art books, games, cult/s-f/erotica dvd's and a thoroughly decent manga and anime section.
I have a few issues with FB though, which is why it isn't my choice of comic store in London. The comic back issue selection is quite limited (graphic novel back catologue is good though), they usually only stock comics for maybe 4 months, so good luck tracking down that elusive back issue for your collection.
It can get a little cramped, especially over the weekends when it gets very busy.
Staff are a little uncaring, a couple times I've asked for help, only to be dismissed.
- impressive looking
- good graphic novel back catalogue
- "geek centraal"
- staff are generally unhelpful, unfriendly and unknowledgable
- gets too busy/uncomfortable at times
- non-existant comic book back catalogue
This is the best place to go to if you love your science fiction or comic books. You can find a wide array of items that will make any geek tremble at the knees! You can find a vast array of novels, comics, action figures, trading cards and any other assorted science fiction/comic related gear. Also great for those who love their anime and manga!
This place is the Holy land for Geeks! Forbidden Planet is you one stop shop for all things Cult be it films, books, toys or comics and all things collectables. The only drawback of discovering this gem is you will find your wallet a lot lighter after leaving.
This store is incredible - the amount of books and comics downstairs is amazing. There is a great variety of collectables and gifts upstairs, and the store is very spacious. Definitely worth a visit - there are often special events and signings in store.
Forbidden Planet is London’s best comics store with hundreds, if not thousands, of titles from all the well-known Marvel and DC Universe characters. Upstairs is a strange mishmash of Star Wars toys and heavy duty geeky Japanese pretend Transformers. Downstairs is where the action takes place with imports of all the latest US titles. There isn’t really an alternative if you want to read this month’s issue of Wolverine or Transformers: All Hail Megatron. I use the place for graphic novels when I really want to read it before it comes out on Amazon. I’ve noticed that Forbidden Planet can get its stock several days before the online retailers.
Amazing comic shop located in Shaftesbury avenue, near to Covent Garden. The store have two floors: on the ground floor there are a lot of merchandising: toys, t-shirts, calendars, etc. On the basement there are a massive quantity of comic and books of all the styles you can imagine. They also sell dvds that are not easy to find anywhere else.
I really love this shop because you can find here books and presents for people that really like comics. They also have some reductions and special offers.
The store host sometimes special events where book writers come to sign their books.
Loads of stock, huge variety of merchandise - with 2 floors of comics, books, roleplaying games and collectibles there is plenty to see. They often have good special offers and discounts and a wide variety of specialty DVDs.
Well worth checking out if you are into that sort of thing and in the area.
The perfect place for all your Sci-Fi Comics etc. Upstairs is all about TV such as Doctor Who and downstairs is Comics, books and DVD’s. Some things can be expensive but it really is the only place to get imported goods. Can get busy at the weekend so if you can go during the week day. The staff know their stuff and are very helpful.
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