The Trocadero is a well-known retail business center in London and one highlight of the location would certainly be the Funland facility there, home to many great arcade games as well as serving as a prime spot for many location tests of various upcoming coin-op game products. It’s one of the few locations we had a specific tag for since news of these tests often made their way to us. It’s one place that I had always hoped to visit if I ever made it over to England but it looks like I am going to miss out on that now. One of our readers, Rjay63 tipped us off to this a few days ago and now news has broke as to what is going on. You can read the full statement about why the Funland is closing here at Intergame Online but to break it down to a nutshell – the management and the landlord have had some sort of dispute and after the landlord disconnected the power to the facility on July 3rd, the negotiations broke down completely from there. At present, that leaves 95 people unemployed now and who knows what will become of the awesome games the Funland had on hand. There is a sign there currently however telling people to head over to the Las Vegas arcade at 89/91 Wardour Street, perhaps they will help pick up the slack here. Also suggested to me as an alternative location is Namco Land at County Hall by the London Eye.
Our friend and contributor Kevin Williams has an online album showing some recent before and after shots of Funland, it was the kind of location that leaves a very noticeable mark on the entire mall there with it closed.