SMN Report: There is one obvious place to track down, and that’s the Tintin shop in Floral Street. Packed to the rafters with Tintin stuff, it’s a Herge fan’s delight. For us, the red-and-white chequered Moon rocket from Destination Moon on sale in no less than three different sizes was a spoonful of cream on the cake. Add various 1:43 scale vehicles from the story, and the place became a graphic novel and model fan’s treasure-trove.
As was the Forbidden Planet store, in Shaftesbury Avenue. Books, collectibles, comics, games, miniatures… if you like fantasy and science-fiction, the place is unmissable. Mind you, there are other Forbidden Planet stores spread around the UK, so one of them might be reachable if a trip to London is not on your itinerary.
And in the Covent Garden Piazza itself? Well, we found no dedicated model or miniature store, sad to say, but a trawl through the tourist shops revealed some interesting bits and bobs, as the pictures show.
The brightly-lit souvenir store (below) has plenty of toys and trivia on display. The Nauticalia store opposite has plenty of water-related stuff, including some attractive model ships.
Covent Garden is a honeypot for tourists, the centuries-old Piazza (below) having been beautifully restored to as-new condition.
Street theatre gives tourists (and the SMN Crew) something to goggle at!