We want information.

This website is an online extension of the shop window, designed to entice you to visit. New stock acquisitions are previewed at the physical shop. It will never be possible to list everything online.

The online stock is a refined version of the shop, offering quality, not quantity. All points and faults are detailed transparently. We hate wasting our time, so unless something is very rare, you will never find any items listed with previous owners’ markings, price clipped dust jackets and NEVER ex-library! However, you might find yourself a bargain at the shop…

For the launch of our new 50th Anniversary website, we have POPT Catalogue #1.  It reflects what was happening in London when the shop opened during the Summer of Love in 1967 and the Summer of Hate – Punk in 1977. 

In time the antiquarian stock will be uploaded.


We are open 6 days a week. However we’ve had to limit the hours that we’re open for walk-in browsing- so if the door isn’t open: PLEASE RING THE BELL.

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday:
Please Ring the Bell  11am-6pm

Thursday, Friday, Saturday:
OPEN for general browsing around & about 11am-6pm.

Sunday : CLOSED or by appointment

Email: info@pleasuresofpasttimes.com

Please Note there is no longer a phone number for the shop. If you need to speak to us, please email with your number and we’ll call you.


We love buying new stock, so if you have material to sell: please email  photos and if possible a detailed description.

Of particular interest : rare original :posters, records, ephemera- flyers, tickets, counter culture books, magazines (especially early OZ magazines) by trouble makers and original thinkers !  including  … Martin Sharp, McInnerney, Hapshash, Sex Pistols, Bowie, T.REX, We’ll respond quickly and arrange an appointment – if we are interested. The weirder the better.

However if you are “down sizing and having a clear out”, sorry, but the shop is too small to take on bulk collections of magazines.  Please- no more theatre programmes, even donated! Unless they’re first run Peter Pan, Oscar Wilde or Joe Orton, Pinter, Beckett : those we can sell.

 To quote the Prisoner, “I am not a number, I am a free man!”

We are here 6 days a week, but it is not always possible to have the door wide open. We have behind the scenes work to do and online orders to fulfill. So please don’t take offense or be intimidated by ringing the bell.

Sometimes  there are  2-3 guided tours in the court at any one time, and we get an overwhelming footfall, so we  have to control numbers. This has led to staff abuse from entitled tourists who view the shop as a public space / free museum (without visiting the gift shop).

Please be nice.