The End Times Strike The First Ever Games Workshop Store!

February 13, 2015 by brennon

Ian Livingstone, a stalwart of Games Workshop in times gone by, has been lamenting the fall of the first ever Games Workshop store as it’s going to be demolished soon.

Games Workshop

The store was opened back in 1978 down in London and as you can see had people queuing round the corner to get inside and pick up the latest from Dungeons & Dragons and more. Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson (who incidentally is an alumni of my university!) set up Games Workshop with their friend John Peake back in 1975 and they’ve bought so much to the hobby since then.

Ian Livingstone & Steve Jackson

Inside Games Workshop

As you can see it looks just as packed with stuff as a Games Workshop nowadays but with a few more extra systems on the shelves. It must have been great in those early days having a place where people could come and talk about their hobby AND pick up the latest stuff too.

Ian Livingstone (First Store)

This is what the store looks like now, a far cry from its days as a hobby beacon down in London. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of Games Workshop and it seems somewhat apt for this year to mark the close of the first store and the opening of the new Warhammer World later this year.

Warhammer World

It’s certainly a far cry from those days on the mean streets of Hammersmith (what a good place for the store) but hopefully it will be a really interesting new venue to visit with the addition of the Forge World and Black Library stores too.

Maybe we have some members of the site who remember the first store?

"The store was opened back in 1978 down in London and as you can see had people queuing round the corner to get inside and pick up the latest from Dungeons & Dragons and more."

"This year also marks the 40th anniversary of Games Workshop and it seems somewhat apt for this year to mark the close of the first store"