I'll be making a trip to the RAF museum at Hendon soon, and I can't go without a pilgrimage to nearby Hannants...I was wondering though, I know it's a huge distribution warehouse, but is it also a shop-ie open to the general public? Anyone made the trip? Worth it? ATB billy

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The main Hannants shop in Lowestoft is the huge distribution warehouse. The shop near to the RAF Museum is simply a shop - albeit with a large stock.

I regularly visit the Lowestoft one. That's very much worth it. They even have a real Harrier there, which was one of my jets when I was on a Harrier squadron. I would have thought it had been scrapped long ago, so it was nie to see it again.

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Hub & Diane Plott

Hi Mainman,

The Hannants near RAF Hendon is a shop not the warehouse, but you will find most of what you want there I am sure. Just in case you don't know the shop has moved from outside Colindale tube ststaion to a site closer to the museum so check their website for the address and opening times as I don't have them to hand.

Hope you have a great time at the museum.


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And remember to turn left coming out of the station. If you go past the British Library Newspaper Archive you're going the wrong way, and very few (an accidental test a couple of years ago says 1 in 4) people in the area admit to knowing there's an RAF museum anywhere.

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I'll second that left turn. Been a while since I have been there, but as I recall it is about a 10-min walk from the tube. Will be on the right side of the street as you come from the Collindale station. Sits back a bit from the street - quite a few trees as I recall in the neighborhood.

Actually, hard to miss if you are looking for it, but if you were just strolling by you might not notice it was there.

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That's a wonderful museum, and Hannant's is a lot of fun (although I haven't been there since the move). Make sure you to spend a lot of time/energy/money for the decal stash. Binder after binder full of decals! I nabbed a bunch of Airwaves PE on that trip too. I go a) for the stuff I can't find here easily and b) the stuff that travels easily.

Regarding museums, just north of Cambridge is Duxford; it's even more amazing a museum then Hendon. Both times I went to Duxford, I stayed in Cambridge and rode the bus to Duxford. Not a long ride at all.


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Stephen Tontoni

Put these coordinates into Google Maps for the location of the new Hannants shop in London:


And yes, it's well worth a visit. When I was there last they were in the process of setting up a second hand book shop on the floor above the shop proper.

Depending on what sort of subject matter you're interested in, The Aviation Hobby Shop:

51.51118,-0.472165 Comet Miniatures: 51.466247,-0.1531 and Kit Krazy: 51.457858,0.135484

May also be worth a look.


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