This east London store sells essential items for monsters everywhere. Established in 1818, Hoxton Street Monster Supplies has been providing Tears of Sorrow, Human Snot and Brain Jam to the London monster community for 200 years. Humans are welcome at their own risk.
Whether you’re a Vampire, a Werewolf or something equally monstrous, you can count on this Hoxton Street store to have everything you need. From tinned Night Terrors and Vague Sense of Unease (although I’ve got plenty of that already), to Impacted Earwax and Toasted Bone Chunks*, you certainly won’t be leaving without something suitably gross or fearful.
They also sell a range of equally scary stationery, clothing and accessories fit for monsters of any shape or size.
Hoxton Street Monster Supplies is run entirely by volunteers and all profits are donated to the Ministry of Stories, a charity that does creative writing and mentoring work with mini-humans. The shop relies on fearless volunteers to keep it running, and they’re always on the lookout for friendly new faces.
There are some very strict rules that you must abide by if you wish to enter the shop, for example: beans will not be accepted as payment, even if they’re magic; customers must refrain from eating the lovely volunteers; and only one giant is allowed in at a time.
*most products are actually delicious foods/sweets, but let’s not ruin the fun.
📍 Location: 159 Hoxton Street, N1 6PJ. Nearest stations: Hoxton or Old Street. See it on Google Maps.
🕰️ Opening times: Thursdays and Fridays, 1-5pm. Saturdays, 11am-5pm. Closed Sunday to Wednesday.
👉 More information: on the Hoxton Street Monster Supplies website. (This is just as fun to visit as the shop. Although the site is automatically translated for humans, you can choose to change the language to Mummy, Werewolf, Zombie or Vampire Bat. It’s like when you used to switch your Facebook page to Pirate mode, but better.)
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