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An artist's impression of the new store

An artists impression of the new store

The first ever Pokémon Center in Europe is opening in Shepherds Bush later this year and its going to have tons of exclusive merchandise.

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The new Pokémon games Sword and Shield are out this Christmas and like every new entry theyre inspired by a different real-world country, and in this case its the turn of the UK.

If youre a British Pokémon fan though thats not the half of it, as the Westfield London shopping centre in Shepherds Bush is getting the first ever Pokémon Center in Europe.

Pokémon Centers started in Japan, with much of their merchandise being unique to the stores. There are currently 12 centres in Japan, but only four in the U.S. (which are actually just glorified vending machines), and one in Singapore.

The inside of the main Tokyo store - the London one seems a bit... pokier

The inside of the main Tokyo store – the London one seems a bit… pokier

Unfortunately though the London one is only a pop-up Center and that means its only going to be open from 18 October to 15 November, which is weirdly the day of Pokémon Sword/Shields release.

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This is apparently subject to change but even if its extended a bit it doesnt seem like theres any plan to make it permeant. But who knows if its super popular.

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