Pocket Planet will take you on a pint-sized journey across the UK and beyond
Prepare to see the city (and the world) in a whole new way as a 30,000 sq ft miniverse is coming to London. Pocket Planet, which’ll be taking up residence inside an old New Look store on Oxford Street, will be the largest indoor miniature world in the UK and is set to include teeny tiny recreations of London and its landmarks, various locations from across the country and scenes from around the globe. Founder Mark Vlassopulos is also promising us hundreds of buildings and landscapes we’ll recognise, including moments from movies, music and history.
There’ll also be a fully working airport and moving planes, trains, bikes, boats and other vehicles (because even mini models need to travel), as well as the latest audio-visual tech to bring the experience to life. With some expert modellers on the team, who have taken inspo from other leading miniature attractions like Small Worlds in Tokyo and Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, we’re expecting big things from Pocket Planet.
As well as making us feel supersized, Pocket Planet is also another key step in the regeneration of Oxford Street, which is hoping to fight the scourge of American candy shops and fill empty storefronts with independent traders. Like the street’s other potential new resident, Moco Museum, Pocket Planet reckons it’ll get a million visitors through the door each year but with the main experience not opening until early 2025 (the store and cafe will be ready next year), we’ll just have to wait and see.
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