With the surge of cinematic superhero movies of the last two decades, pop culture has been turned on its head and now the nerd is cool. What was once a hobby reserved for quiet enthusiasts has burst in to the mainstream media with a whole new generation of films, comics, TV shows and music that celebrates the geek culture.
Like most new trends, London has led the way for comic culture with a plethora of unique events and popular attractions. If you’re planning to join us at the Montcalm Hotel Chiswell Street, you’re in luck. A few nights at our Central London Hotels will put you right at the heart of the comic book scene. Here are a few of the best spots to check out during your trip.
Berwick Street, London
If you’re looking for a genuine old-school comic book experience, there’s no better place to get hold of the classics than Gosh! Comics. What the quaint underground shop lacks in size, it more than makes up for with a robust collection of classic comics. Find everything from Batman and The Flash to children’s classics such as The Beano. Whether you’re a comic connoisseur looking to extend your collection or you’re travelling with kids and hoping to find something to keep them occupied while travelling, Gosh! Comics is the place to be.
Shaftesbury Avenue, London
This cult comic book shop turned megastore is a place of pilgrimage for comic book collectors and superhero enthusiasts all over the country. Forbidden Planet was once a modest comic book store but has gradually been transformed into a two-levelled ‘nerdtopia’ full of rare collectables and amazing gifts for gamers, geeks and fantasy lovers. Step into the store and find yourself surrounded by hundreds of figurines and trinkets before making your way downstairs to the treasure trove of comic books and graphic novels. Forbidden Planet is a must-see for any comic book fans staying at our Central London hotels.
Mega City Comics
Mega City Comics will be a familiar brand to any comic books enthusiast local to Camden. It is one of the oldest retailers of comics and graphic novels in London and has been providing superhero themed reading material for over 35 years. If you’re looking for expertise or trying to get your hands on a specific comic, there’s no better place. The guys at Mega City Comics are experts in their field and will help you find anything you’re looking for, or at least point you in the right direction.
The Cartoon Museum
Big superhero names and western comic brands such as Marvel aren’t the only things taking the pop culture world by storm. In recent years Japanese manga and anime have become very popular. After hit shows like Dragonball Z and Naruto, the world has gone crazy for Japanese comics. If you’ve recently hopped on the manga bandwagon you won’t want to miss out on a trip to The Cartoon Museum. It has one of the biggest and most diverse collections of Japanese comics in London and is definitely worth the trip.