Hoxton Street Monster Supplies
Hoxton Street Monster Supplies was established in 1818, and ever since then has served the daily needs of London’s extensive monster community. Step inside, and you’ll find a whole range of essential products for monsters: you can pick from a variety of Tinned Fears (distinctly helpful if you’re not quite as scary as you once were), a selection of Human Preserves, and a mix of other really rather fine goods, including Neck Bolt Tighteners, and Death Certificates (to prove you really are dead).
But the most important part of the shop is that the shelves hide a secret – a disguised entrance to the Ministry of Stories, a pioneering children’s writing workshop, co-founded by author Nick Hornby.
The shop is designed to tickle the imaginations of the children who come to the Ministry – it’s as if they’re walking into a physical storybook. It also tickles the imaginations of the hundreds of volunteers who work with the Ministry each year. And all the profits from the sales in the shop help fund the organisation.
The Ministry of Stories and Hoxton Street Monster Supplies were co-founded by Nick Hornby, Lucy Macnab, Ben Payne and Alistair Hall in 2010.