You could go to one of those corporate behemoths that sell everything under the sun, but where’s the fun in that?

Seeing as gaming is a social hobby, why not pop to a local games store and support those who are genuine enthusiasts. There’s more of them around than you might realize, and we’ll try to add more links to them here as we go (see below). If you’re an independent games-seller yourself, do send us a web address and we’ll add it here.

Games can also found in bookshops (Waterstones, Foyles, indies) and the Forbidden Planet chain, as well as one or two turning up in the likes of WHSmiths and similar. One of the best places for both variety (out of print games, rarities) and price is the marketplace at the wonderful BoardGameGeek. To use it you’ll need to become a BGG member, but membership is free and you won’t be asked for any credit card details etc unless you actually buy something.

Here’s some shops:

London

Leisure Games, 100 Ballard Lane, Finchley N3 2DN

Orc’s Nest, 6 Earlham Street WC2H 9RY

OG Games, 11 Cromford Road, Wandsworth SW18 1NZ

Calamity Comics, 17-19 Springfield Road, Harrow, HA1 1QF

The Missing Geek, 12 Church Street, Staines TW18 4EP

Southeast

Xpress Games, 2 Chapel Mews, North Street, Ashford TN24 8JN

Xpress Games, Unit 2, Town Walk, Cheriton Place, Folkestone CT20 2AD

Xpress Games, 37 Biggin Street, Dover, CT16 1BU

Xpress Games, 13A The Borough, Canterbury CT1 2DR

Lost Ark Games, 1st Floor Queensway Chambers, 58 Queensway, Stevenage SG1 1EE

Eclectic Games, 5 Union Street, Reading RG1 1EU

The Games Shop, 6 Wellington Street, Aldershot GU11 1DZ

BattleQuest Games, 28 Carfax, Horsham RH12 1EE

Dave’s Comics, 5 Sydney Street Brighton BN1 4EN

Phantasia, 64 Susans Road, Eastbourne BN21 3TG

Thirsty Meeples, Gloucester Green, 99 Gloucester Street, Oxford OX1 2DF

The Gameskeeper, 105 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1HU

Southwest

Area 51, 143 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 8NZ

Excelsior! 32 Bond Street, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3LX

Clifton Road Games, 16 Clifton Road, Exeter EX1 2BR

Wales

Firestorm Games, Trade Street, Penarth Road Cardiff CF10 5DT

The Gamer’s Emporium, 5 Bellevue Way, Swansea SA1 5BZ

Acme Games, 25 Madoc Street, Llandudno LL30 2TL

East Anglia

Starwynn Games12 Dove Street, Norwich NR2 1DE

Boundless Realms, 7 Baker Street Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth NR31 6QT

Midlands

Inner Sanctum Collectibles, 6 Homerton Street,  Cambridge CB2 8NX

Heffers, 20 Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TY

Shadow Games, 66 Church Street, Rugby CV21 3PT

Wayland’s Forge, Unit LG06A Zellig, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AT

War and Hobby, 22 Cooper Street, St HelensWA10 2BQ

Shire Games, 41a Parliament Row Hanley, Stoke on Trent ST1 1PW

Spirit Games, 102 High Street Burton-on-Trent DE14 1LJ

Chimera, 105 High RoadBeeston, Nottingham NG9 2LH

Jack-in-a-Box, 7C Church Street Ripley NG16 3BP

Patriot Games, 1 & 2 Lady’s Bridge, Sheffield S3 8GA

The Games Store, 1 The Mall 257 High Street, Lincoln LN2 1HX

The Northwest

IQ Games, 23 Byram Street, Huddersfield HD1 1DR

Travelling Man, 32 Central Road, Leeds LS1 6DE

Harlequins, 52 Manchester Rd, Preston PR1 3YH

The Northeast

Travelling Man54 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF

Travelling Man43 Grainger Street, Newcastle NE1 5JE

Scotland

Black Lion, 90 Buccleuch Street, Edinburgh EH8 9NH

Game Hub, 101 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9JB

Spellbound Games, 82 Bowman Street, Glasgow G42 8LF

A1/Static Games 35-39 King Street, Glasgow G1 5RA

Knightly Gaming, 11 St Leonard Street, Lanark ML11 7AB

Settlers, 40 Castle Street, Hamilton ML3 6BU

Common Ground Games, 40 Cowane Street, Stirling FK8 1JR

Highlander Games, 98 Annfield Rd, Dundee, Dundee City DD1 5JH

Ireland

Replay Games, 97 High Street, Bangor BT20 5BD

Gamer’s World, 1 Jervis Street, Dublin 1, Dublin