Pollock's Toy Museum and Shop are housed in two historic buildings in the heart of Fitzrovia.
This popular neighbourhood attraction is home to a selection of antique toys, imaginatively displayed throughout the buildings’ six small rooms and two winding staircases. The collection includes an assortment of dolls, dolls houses, teddy bears, tin toys, folk toys, puppets, toy theatres, toy soldiers, and lots more.
Pollock's was originally a printing shop, dating back to the 1850s. In those days it was based in Hoxton, which was then a poor part of London. It was there that Benjamin Pollock used to hand print, colour and construct many of the toy theatres that are displayed here in the museum today.
The museum was actually established by Marguerite Fawdry in the 1950s, before relocating here, to Scala Street, in the 1960s. The collection has gradually grown thanks to occasional purchases and generous donations from family, friends and the general public. Indeed, the museum appears to be maintained more for the benefit of the public than for profit, and it remains an independent, family-run concern.
Recommended for older children and adults, the museum is open from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, with last admissions at 4.30pm
Pollock’s Toy Museum
1, Scala Street,
London W1T 2HL
0207 636 3452
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