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This was a fun, quirky, little place with home made arcade games

My thirteen year old discovered this place via a YouTube video. Each arcade game displays a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
Wonderfully bizarre

A fantastic little spot to go and spend 1/2 an hour. Quirky novelty machines all powered by... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Joe D
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A mad new collection of home made satyrical arcade machines. Practice Money Laundering; operate a nuclear reactor; meet an alien's mum; give yourself a full frisk, get divorced: and much much more. We've opened Novelty Automation because we ran out...more
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1A Princeton Street, London WC1R 4AX, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My thirteen year old discovered this place via a YouTube video. Each arcade game displays a humorous twist, like the one that tests your phone/game addiction, and the personal nuclear reactor from which the player is eventually given a prize of "nuclear waste". Worth a...More

1  Thank embreesmom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fantastic little spot to go and spend 1/2 an hour. Quirky novelty machines all powered by arcade tokens that can be purchased for a very reasonable sum. £8 for 10, each machine needing between 1-3 to work, go with a couple of friends and...More

Thank Joe D
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is my third visit to Novelty Automation and though I've tried all the machines before, I still enjoy it and love introducing friends to it and watching their reactions! If there's a few of you, it's really a cheap day out and you can...More

Thank Woofter186338
Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

We love quirky things with a sense of humour. We also like machines, robots, automata and gadgets. This place was like heaven for us. The little rewards for some games were a pleasant surprise.

Thank pealingpaint
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Made a special trip to visit this place as our 10 year old son found it while looking for places to go in half term. Highly rated on Trip Advisor a place to visit in London. We can see why. It is completely original and...More

Thank noodlesausage
Reviewed 25 May 2018

If you are looking for something different to do in London that's not going to break the bank then this is the place to go. Tucked away I found this place by accident when I was searching for something unique to do for my husband...More

1  Thank Kelly M
Reviewed 9 May 2018

This is a lot of fun, loads of really fun machines they you definitely wouldn't get elsewhere. As a bonus, on the first Thursday of each month they do a bar between 5 and closing - which makes it even more fun. Highly recommended

Thank courteousdave
Reviewed 7 April 2018

Been to the Southwold Pier, where this evolved from & loved that. Such good fun to have this in London - so many giggles to be had ! Worth buying a bunch of tokens & having a go on everything - otherwise how do you...More

Thank 335bg
Reviewed 25 February 2018

I love things that are different and the thinking and building behind these games are brilliant! Having recently visited the Crystal Maze I think my puzzle solving/game playing mind was still buzzing. Tucked away about a 5 minute walk from Holborn station, the games are...More

Thank 61martin
Reviewed 17 February 2018

Nothing like it. I laughed and a was charmed, and sometimes I jumped. A great experience for a family or couple. Highly recommended.

Thank Will S
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Inner London’s busiest streets crisscross quiet
cobbled lanes for an effect that can be urbane or
quaint – or an intriguing blend of both – depending on
the particular corner you turn. Due to its especially
convenient location, bustling Holborn hosts an
excellent range of hotels, eateries, and shops to suit
practically any taste or budget. With major
attractions like the British Museum and Somerset House
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Tina C
29 April 2017|
Response from June P | Reviewed this property |
When I visited in March, the times were: Open Wed, Fri, Sat 11:00-18:00, Thu 12:00-20:00. Closed Sun, Mon, Tue.
margaret l
27 January 2016|
Response from S F | Reviewed this property |
Its free to enter but you need to buy tokens to operate the automata. Under £20 gives you tokens to work all.