The vintage delights of Benjamin Pollock’s magical miniatures
All manner of retired toys, from threadbare teddies to china dolls with flowing locks of real hair, can be found crammed into the Lilliputian Pollock’s Toy Museum in Fitzrovia. However, it’s best known as the home of the toy theatre, and there’s an outstanding selection of framed examples on show, many of them produced by Benjamin Pollock, the 19th-century printer who devoted himself to making miniature replicas of West End productions. Those hankering after a contemporary example should head to Pollock’s Toyshop in Covent Garden – its many treasures include a brand-new version of Hansel & Gretel, designed by Clive Hicks-jenkins. cg Pollock’s Toy Museum is at 1 Scala Street, London W1 (www.pollockstoys.com); Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop is at 44, The Market, London WC2 (www. pollocks-coventgarden.co.uk).
model theatre (far right), £45; wooden blocks (centre right; sold in a gift set), £30, both benjamin pollock’s toyshop paper puppets (near left and bottom left), £7.95 each; hansel & gretel toy theatre (far left), £8.95, both benjamin pollock’s toyshop