Books, playbills and bygones of the performing arts, also illustrated and children’s books pre 1940, Victoriana and postcards
Established in 1967.
Pleasures of Past Times perfectly describes our stock. Be prepared to find an eclectic mix of treasures from bygone eras.
Established in Notting Hill in 1965, the shop opened in Cecil Court in1967 making it amongst the oldest businesses in the court. The shop reflects our Theatreland location, specialising in books and ephemera relating to the performing arts. The walls are covered with original theatre, Music Hall and Variety playbills, programmes and periodicals dating as far back to the early 19th Century.
Material relating to theatre institutions such as Henry Irving, Gielgud and Olivier vie for shelf space along side Music Hall favourites such Dan Leno, Little Tich and Harry Lauder. With pop culture icons such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dr Who and 007 recently hitting 50th anniversaries, our stock is slowly catching up with our 46 year history! Also expect to find Magic & conjuring books, children books, Victorian & Edwardian postcards, sheet music and all manner of curiosi