This is how the BBC weather people describe what’s in store for us today: A cold and frosty start for many with some icy patches around. The day will stay cold but generally sunny. The raw northwesterly wind will make it feel bitterly cold. And tomorrow the low is -1C – so I don’t feel like getting out and about too much this weekend. However, if you’re hardy (in more ways than one) Alexandra Palace is hosting the World Championship of Ping Pong.
And if you’re looking for a cosy museum just a few stops away on the tube how about the quirky Pollock’s Toy Museum. Full of mainly Victorian toys, it has a slightly spooky atmosphere and will be quite a nostalgic place to visit for adults. Don’t bother taking tiny tots here. They also have a shop in Covent Garden. http://www.pollockstoys.com – 1 Scala Street, London W1T 2HL Telephone: 0207 636 3452
Here’s what they say about themselves: Pollock’s Toy Museum is a museum and small toy shop housed in two atmospheric historic buildings in London’s Fitzrovia.
It is a collection of mainly Victorian toys. On display in six small rooms and two winding staircases are dolls, teddy bears, tin toys, folk toys, toys from around the world, dolls houses, puppet’s, toy theatre’s, optical toys, toy soldiers and more besides.
Pollock’s was originally a shop and printers, dating back to the 1850’s, based in Hoxton, then a poor quarter of London. Benjamin Pollock’s hand printed, constructed and coloured much of the toy theatre material housed in the museum today.
The museum was created and the shop stock re-designed during the 1950’s and 60’s by Marguerite Fawdry It came to its current location in the late 1960’s where it has remained. The collection has been built up by purchases, donations from friends, family and the public. It is an independent family run concern. It is run more for the benefit of the public and to display the collection than for profit.
Please do come and visit the museum. We recommend it for slightly older children and adults of all ages. There is an admission charge for the museum as we receive no government or outside funding.