We’re Old School folks here at XD Publications. We prefer print magazines and DVDs
to online porn; and real sex with real people to virtual wanks on Facebook and Skype;
and if we need a hard dildo to shove up our aresholes, we’d much rather hit the High
Street to buy one than order from an online retailer of sex toys. That’s why you’ll
often find us hanging out in that Great British institution - the licensed UK sex
shop - browsing through the racks of dirty mags, R18 porn films, vibrators, dildos,
butt plugs, hard-on pills, room aromas and trashy lingerie.
Of course, many people feel a certain amount of fear walking through the door of
a sex shop for the very first time. The boarded up windows and back street locations
(insisted upon by UK law) can make them seem imposing places; and with that typically
British prurient attitude to anything to do with sex, one is even encouraged to feel
a degree of guilt and shame about wanting to buy a blow up sex doll and a tube of
lube. But take it from people who have been in sex shops up and down the country
and waltzed through the doors with the brazen attitude of people who really don’t
give a shit - the modern UK sex shop is a bright, friendly and always very welcoming
place where you can browse through fabulously sexy products to your heart’s content
without being judged. Oh, and even better still, you might find our filthy porn mags
on the shelves...
Owner Terry has been running Chelmsford’s Adult Discount Store since 1981. It started
life as a Private Shop and was the first ever UK store to be granted a licence, but
is now fully independent and stocks a huge range of DVDs, mags, vibrators, dildos,
love eggs, rampant rabbits, strap-on toys, lingerie and sexual performance enhancement
pills. It’s situated on Moulsham Street, a quaint, little shopping road just off
the main High Street in Chelmsford packed with independent traders offering proper
service and the personal touch.
167 Moulsham Street
Cardiff - Private Shop
Open six days a week, and with late night opening till 8pm on Fridays, this centrally
located sex shop has everything you need to guarantee a sexy time - DVDs, dirty mags,
sex toys... the lot!
9 Mill Lane
Cambridge - Private Shop
Terrific little sex shop with a couples-friendly atmosphere that adds a much-needed
touch of eroticism to Cambridge town centre. Pop in for porn DVDs, room aromas,
dildos and vibes.
38 Chesterton Road
Blackpool - Saints & Sinners
Size isn’t everything, but this huge 3-floor sex shop has quality well as quantity.
Toys and lingerie fill the ground floor and DVDs the upper while the basement is
a BDSM paradise!
5-15 Foxhall Square
Try not to get distracted by the side door (which leads to the sweet temptations
of the massage parlour on the upper floor) and instead head inside the door at the
front to enter what, in our view, is one of the friendliest licensed sex shops in
the UK. It’s located in the Digbeth area of Birmingham, straight over the road from
the coach park, and it stocks all the latest adult magazines (including our very
own), as well as R18 porn DVDs, dildos, vibrators, anal toys, hard-on pills, room
aromas and lube. We always pop in when we’re in the Birmingham area, as there’s a
nice relaxed atmosphere in which to browse all the latest adult products. This is
everything the modern sex shop should be - and more!
The Book Exchange
91 Oxford Street
Bangor - Nice’n’Naughty
Well-lit shop with friendly male and female staff who are happy to provide assistance
and advice on sex toys and fetish gear. Huge range of DVDs, mags, vibes and other
27 High Street
Barnsley - Pulse & Cocktails
This fantastically well-stocked sex shop has a discreet rear entrance and offers
an excellent selection of R18 DVDs, adult magazines, vibrators, anal toys, lingerie
and bondage gear.
462 Doncaster Road
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YOUR SEX SHOP COULD BE HERE
Great Yarmouth - Private Shop
Our local Private Shop crams one hell of a lot of DVDs, adult mags, sex toys and
sex pills into a compact but hugely welcoming shop. Discreet side door entrance for
the shyer ones among you.
3 Howard Street North
Clacton-on-Sea - Adult Centre
Just a stroll from the High Street and seafront, the Adult Centre in Clacton has
been supplying locals and holiday makers with sex toys, XXX films, lingerie and adult
mags since 1991.
28 Orwell Road
Hull - Private Shop
Excellently laid-out sex shop on a discreet road near the city centre. An enticing
window display beckons you inside to view the wide range of DVDs, sex toys and more.
263 Hessle Road
Dundee - Desire
Lovely independent sex shop with a particularly good range of lingerie and erotic
clothing, as well as herbal sex supplements, dildos, vibes, lube, condoms, bondage
equipment and DVDs.
51-53 Albert Street
Edinburgh - Private Shop
Scotland’s oldest and largest adult store opens 7 days a week and has a vast selection
of R18 porn DVDs in all your favourite categories, including MILFs, GILFs, TS, fetish
103 Oxford Street
Glasgow - DVD Exchange
Part standard DVD shop and part adult emporium, this quirky and super-discreet sex
shop is one of our all-time favourites and acts as the distribution centre for our
adult mags in Scotland.
Darlington - Simply Pleasure
There’s no need to be nervous about entering what is a bright and airy modern sex
shop with an excellent selection of fetish items designed to bring your kinks to
Derby - Simply Pleasure
The boarded up frontage of this branch of Simply Pleasure gives few clues to the
vast array of adult products waiting for you in-store. A real treasure trove of naughtiness
132 London Road
Exeter - Simply Pleasure
This Devon sex shop has a lovely couples-friendly atmosphere and is the type of welcoming
adult store where anyone can feel comfortable browsing adult toys, fetish gear and
XXX porn DVDs.
156 Sidwell Street
Kings Lynn - Adult Warehouse
London - Harmony
Ipswich - Pulse & Cocktails
Open 7 days a week, this superb Norfolk sex shop has a discreet location on an industrial
site and stocks a huge range of DVDs, toys and fetish gear. More info at Norfolk’s
Unit 2 Beveridge Way
Located on the most famous shopping road in the country, this modern, stylish award-winning
store is packed full of sex toys, fetish gear and R18 DVDs. Awesome vibe!
103 Oxford Street
Think of Ipswich and you probably think of the finest football team ever to grace
the earth, but it’s also home to this surprisingly bright, spacious and welcoming
68 Upper Orwell Street
Hull - Simply Pleasure
A great location near the city centre train station make this an easily accessible
branch of Simply Pleasure - and inside you’ll find a wealth of adult products to
suit all kinks.
171 Ferens Way
Leicester - Simply Pleasure
A discreet side door is just one of the many plus points of this Simply Pleasure
sex shop, as is the friendly ambience, excellent lay-out and vast array of DVDs and
25 Narborough Road
Leeds - Simply Pleasure
Located in the heart of the Leeds Gay Village, this welcoming adult store has a particularly
good selection of items aimed at the gay market as well as the usual Simply Pleasure
6A Lower Briggate
The older ones among you might remember the fabulously Old School sex shop Lovejoy’s,
with its non-porn discount book shop upstairs and the ancient faded girlie posters
that led down to a basement rammed with porn magazines and R18 DVDs. Well, Lovejoy’s
has since been taken over by Harmony and now has the air of a high-class erotic boutique,
selling elegant lingerie, a huge range of toys and kinky gear in the basement downstairs.
There are still porn mags and DVDs on offer here, but they are dwarfed by the huge
array of dildos, vibes, dongs, butt plugs and strap-on toys. We’re talking zillions
of the things!
99A Charing Cross Road
London - Simply Pleasure
The large and spacious interior of what is one of Soho’s last remaining adult shops
makes for a great atmosphere in which to browse a huge range of DVDs, mags, toys,
fetish gear, etc.
29-31 Brewer Street
London - Simply Pleasure
Sex shops aren’t dotted around London like they used to be, but the district of Hammersmith
is lucky to be blessed with this friendly and enticing branch of Simply Pleasure.
123 Hammersmith Road
Luton - Pleasure
There’s not much pleasure to be had in Luton these days, but at least this stylish
sex shop provides a hint of the erotic and kinky to this otherwise downtrodden town.
24 Stuart Street
Loughborough - Simply Pleasure
As a shy and nervous student at Loughborough Uni, I would never have dared enter
this stylish branch of Simply Pleasure, but now it’s always my first point of call
whenever I’m back in town.
81 Nottingham Road
London - Soho Original Books
Most of Soho’s sex shops have turned into coffee shops or boutiques in recent years,
but Soho Original Books survives and remains one of the country’s greatest adult