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Amazing and unique experience

Part arcade, Part Fairground attraction, Part art installation, if you like any of these and/or you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
joeychickenskin
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Loved it

My girlfriend and I were vacationing through Europe and she was very excited to visit Novelty... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Courtney S
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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
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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1A Princeton Street, London WC1R 4AX, England
Holborn
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Part arcade, Part Fairground attraction, Part art installation, if you like any of these and/or you like fun this is an unmissable pilgrimage to make when you're in London. A room full of coin operated machines, some of them actual games, some vending, some experiences....More

Thank joeychickenskin
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I were vacationing through Europe and she was very excited to visit Novelty Automation. We loved it. So great and definitely recommend.

1  Thank Courtney S
Reviewed 1 September 2018

Honestly, its hard to find something so brilliant. ALSO, i've never even written a trip advisor review before.... It's like an arcade but it's machines are interactive. Very quirky, unique and honestly, tim is such a brilliant person. Its like he thought of something and...More

Thank KristieM195
Reviewed 30 August 2018

My son wanted to visit here as he is into all types of games. It is a small arcade but the machines are ingenious and loads of fun. I loved the bicycle ping pong and the holiday from your armchair but watch out for the...More

Thank Jamest2407
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Now if you come in with a couple of kids you'll blow thirty quid no bother but you'll have great fun doing it. Practically all the machines did something bonkers that made me laugh out loud. Spent about an hour in here but I felt...More

Thank futuredub
Reviewed 30 July 2018

Such a shame that we never got to experience the fun. We had planned a 40th birthday trip into London last Saturday. Turned up as a group at 11.10 with the birthday girl eager to start her day at your fun place, only to find...More

2  Thank Sadie K
Reviewed 1 July 2018

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 19 June 2018

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 16 June 2018

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.

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Tina C
29 April 2017|
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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.
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margaret l
27 January 2016|
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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.
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