Forbidden Planet

 
 
ADDRESS
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London WC2H 8JR 
 
TELEPHONE
 
OPENING TIMES
Mon to Wed & Fri to Sat 10:00 - 19:00, Thu 10:00 - 20:00, Sun 12:00 - 18:00
 

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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.

 

Forbidden Planet events

 
Ian Doescher Signing The Jedi Doth ReturnIan Doescher Signing The Jedi Doth ReturnBook signing of The Jedi Doth Return by the author.11th October 2014Saturday 11th October 2014 Where:
Forbidden Planet, 179  Shaftesbury Avenue      WC2H 8JR
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Ian Doescher Signing The Jedi Doth Return
event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Literary Events & Book Signings | PRICING  Free  
DATES  Saturday 11th October 2014 - 1pm-2pm
Book signing of The Jedi Doth Return by the author.
 

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Opening and closing times for Forbidden Planet

Today (Wednesday) Forbidden Planet closes at 19.00

Monday:

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19.00
 
 

Tuesday:

10.00
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19.00
 
 

Wednesday:

10.00
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19.00
 
 

Thursday:

10.00
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20.00
 
 

Friday:

10.00
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19.30
 
 

Saturday:

10.00
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19.30
 
 

Sunday:

12.00
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18.00
 
 

LondonTown.com - Forbidden Planet Location Map

 
 
 
Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
 
Covent Garden Tube Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
11 minutes walk
 
Euston Railway Station
 
18 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Holborn NCP
 
2 minutes walk
 
Upper St Martins Lane NCP
 
3 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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London > Shopping > Health and Beauty
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210 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Forbidden Planet
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London > Attractions > Art Galleries
135 Flitcroft Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Forbidden Planet
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Union Jacks
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
4 Central Street, Giles Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Forbidden Planet
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London > Nightlife > Bars
35 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Forbidden Planet
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London > Nightlife > Bars
1 Phoenix Street, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 3 minutes from Forbidden Planet
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23-28 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 3 minutes from Forbidden Planet
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