Have you heard of Paul Spooner, Tim Hunkin or Southwold Pier?


Well you have now, they’re all indi arcade machine makers who are currently showcasing their works at Novelty Automation, a new ‘homemade’, humour-based arcades room in the heart of Holborn.



You won’t find Pac-Man or Street Fighter here, experience the joys of ‘Divorce’, your own ‘Personal Nuclear Reactor’ or the power of the ‘Small Hadron Collider’ without the fear of destroying the universe in this novelty games hut.

Brain child of Tim Hunkin, lover of all things amusement based, he has created a haven for all those trying to escape Mario and his green brother.



For the chance to play a game of ‘Test your Nerve’, (where you place your hand in a dog cage for as long as you dare) or one of the other mad wonders they have on offer, head over to Prince Street in Holborn between Wednesday – Saturday from 11am-6pm, you’re guaranteed to leave giggling like a school kid of redbull.


The Place: 1a Princeton Street, Holborn, London, WC1R 4AX

The Time: From Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm, 12pm – 8pm on Thursdays

Price: Entry is free, prices per machine vary, however if you email info@novelty-automation.com quoting FREE TOKEN they’ll send you a free voucher to use on any machine.

Contact Details: Email info@novelty-automation.com for more details.


Happy Gaming!



  • Images used from ianvisits.co.ukmidcenturychap.com, 
  • Info used from novelty-automation.com
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