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Paignton

 
Private Shop

Winner Street
Paignton

Licensed. Closed by May 2019.
 

Peterborough


Absolookley Adult
Storeys Bar Road
Eastern Ind Estate
Peterborough
PE1 5YS

Licensed, previously Adult Warehouse. Closed at the end of July 2014.

Customers may like to know that Absolookley Adult in Thetford is still up and running

Peterborough


Licensed to Thrilll
Park Road
Peterborough
PE1 2TD

Licensed. Closed in 2012.

Peterborough

 

Private Shop

75 Oundle Road
Peterborough
PE2 9PW

Mon-Sat: 10am-8pm
Sun: 10am-4pm

iLicensed. Lsting checked in May 2019.

Plymouth

 

Ann Summers

Unit 1, Drake Circus
6 New George Street
Plymouth
PL1 1LP

Mon: 9am - 6pm
Tue-Wed: 9am - 7pm
Thu: 9am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 6pm
Sun: 10:30am - 4:30pm

Unlicensed sex shop

Plymouth


Mayfair

Western Approach
Plymouth
PL1 1TQ

Lingerie shop, closed by August 2014

Plymouth

 

Private Shop

31 Athenaeum Place
Derrys Cross
Plymouth
PL1 2RG

Mon-Sat 10am - 8pm

Licensed shop. Listing checked in June 2020 when it re-opened after lockdown.

News August 2019: Licence application

The shop has applied to renew its licence. It's not expected to be an issue

News December 2017: Staff required

The local newspaper seems well keen on Private Shop as it runs another major article this time noting that the shop is recruiting. See article from plymouthherald.co.uk

Offsite Review, November 2017: What's it like inside?

The local newspaper ran an informative article about Private Shop

See Inside Plymouth's only sex shop from plymouthherald.co.uk

From ETO's Mystery Shopper, September 2016: Improved

A vast array of R18 DVDs at £ 30 with a 3 for £ 60 deal, and £ 25 (3 for £ 50).

Clean, tidy and significantly improved.

News July 2016: pokestop

The Private Shop made the news for being pinpointed on the game App Pokemon GO as a 'pokestop' where people can meet and trade.

News October 2014: Purple patch

PrivateShop in Plymouth city centre has had its licence renewed - opening the door to a revamp bosses say will give it a more inviting new look.

Under the new terms, the store will be allowed to change its front window to display a sign saying your intimate lifestyle and the adult store you can trust

From the Mystery Shopper

A rather tough shop location is reflected in the shop where you are met by a metal faced door that an H-Block would be proud of.

There was a wide choice of £40 DVDs (4 for £100)

Serviceable but a sober and unexciting shop

Plymouth


Slinkies
Manor Street
Stonehouse
Plymouth
PL1 1TL

Licensed shop closed by November 2017

Plymouth

 

Westward Bound

44 Drake Circus,
Plymouth
Devon,
PL4 8AB

Tue-Sat: 10am-5pm

Tel: 01752 221416

Unlicensed shop

From Westward Bound website, March 2008: Latex Clothing

Latex designs and kinky essentials.

We pride ourselves in offering you a vast range of latex clothing styles, in a wide range of sizes and colours. A bespoke service, at off the peg prices.

All latex garments are handmade in England, and we gladly provide a full after-sales service.

Pontefract

 

Pulse & Cocktails

Barnsdale Bar North,
A1 Northbound,
Wentbridge,
Pontefract
WF8 3JF

Mon-Fri: 9am - 9pm
Sat: 10am - 8pm
Sun: 11am - 5pm

Licensed. Listing confirmed in November 2019.

Review from Ian, July 2014: Well organised

Location

This store is situated just off the A1 motorway on the North Bound carriageway. I think this used to be a restaurant or something like that as the location is not your usual place for a Adult Store.

Located next to a petrol station, it is signed, but only just before the turn off into the car park. Plenty of parking spaces. If you want to be little more discreet or are a bit nervous of being seen heading to an adult shop, then I suggest you park around the side of the store

The Shop

The store is large, open plan and it seemed well organised and set out.

Plenty of choice of sexy clothing, sex toys and R18 DVD's. DVD's had been separated in genres and the choice was good. A television at the back of the store was playing some R18 Movie which caught my eye.

Prices

The DVD's are not cheap at £30 each, but the prices are pretty much the same across any location now. They do discount deals if you buy several DVD's and you're feeling flush.

Staff

When I visited this store I was the only person there. The female member of staff was reading something at the counter. I said Hello and she replied. I was looking around the store around 10 minutes she never once came over to speak with me.

I am used to the usual If you need any help speech but didn't even get that. I did have a few questions but decided to leave it.

Overall

The Location is rather unusual, but if you are travelling on the A1 its probably worth a stop.

I didn't bother me in the slightest that the staff didn't ask me if I wanted any help, but this would of been nice.

Worth a visit if you're passing.

Poole


Erotique 4 You
Ashley Road
Parkstone
Poole

The shop applied for a sex shop licence in February 2010. Now closed/

Poole


Purrfectly Discreet
High Street
Poole
BH15 1DB

Opened in May 2013. Moved to Bournemouth in September 2014

Port Talbot


Secret Desires
Commercial Road,
Taibach
Port Talbot
SA13 1LG

Licensed from May 2006 until closed in 2012

Portsmouth


See also Gosport

Portsmouth


Adult Shop
Albert Rd
Portsmouth

Licensed. Reported closed in 2011.

Portsmouth

 

Private Shop

9 Arundel Street
Portsmouth
PO1 1NB

Min-Sat: 10am - 8pm
Su 10am - 4pm

Licensed. Listing checked in May 2019.

Review from Colin, April 2010: Quick Quick

The shop has a novel approach to hurrying up long time browsers by suggesting that they risk being reported to police as potential perverts along with CCTV footage. Hopefully tongue in cheek, but in Stasi Britain one can never be quite sure that there isn't an element of truth.

Reader review

There was a good range of R18 material available, amounting to 350 video and another 350 DVD titles according to the staff with more expected soon. There was also a fair selection of sex toys and some magazines.

The two male staff were very friendly and unassuming and quite willing to let people browse on their own or provide advise if requested. Portsmouth City Council's foolish provision that *anyone* entering the shop *must* show proof of age had already been abandoned by the time I arrived at midday, which was a shame as no one has asked me for proof of age for more than 20 years.

The DVD's and Video's are expensive with every one marked up at £40, but there are also numerous offers available such as 2 for £60, 4 for £100, bundled packs of 10 for £60 and 20 for £100. There is also 50% off for part exchange (with receipt) and it is well worth asking to see what other offers they are willing to make. I bought Private Gladiator parts 1 and 2 (3 discs) for £40.

Overall a bit expensive, but still worth a visit and definitely a massive improvement over previously.

Preston

 

Temptations

128 Friargate
Preston
PR1 2EE

Licensed and trading since December 2001. Moved to new premises on the same street in 2013. Previously known as The Adult Shop.

Review from ETO's Mystery Shopper, August 2017: Cluttered

The shop was busy perhaps due to R18s being priced at 20 each or 3 for 40.

Magazines are also on sale but the shop is a little cluttered.

From The Adult Shop:

Has recently been extended and a new toys and clothes section has been fitted with a new fantastic dolls selection extended. With all the new videos, dvds and mags there's something for everyone so come and meet our friendly staff who will be happy to meet you!

From Trevor:

Visited recently, NOT as stated in description by owner: one to avoid...Poor customer service...when will people learn that politeness and friendliness are the key to selling, not haggling and cynicism...

Preston

 

Private Shop

64 Lancaster Road
Preston
PR1 1DD

Mon-Sat 10am-6pm (Fri. 8pm)

Licensed since 2001. Listing checked May 2019.

Review from ETO's Mystery Shopper, August 2017: A good range of DVDs

A good range of R18 DVDs with most at 25 or 3 for 50. There were also videos at 15 and 10 with equivalent multi-buy deals.

The location is good being close to the town centre.

News March 2014: Sign of the Times

The request for new signage was rejected by Preston Council. Vice chairman, Councillor Carl Crompton, spouted:

If it hadn't had the couple on it would have gone through. But with the couple in, some of the members thought it could possibly lead to younger children asking questions that the adults might not want to answer. It was just inappropriate for something that's opposite the Town Hall and one of the main thoroughfares through the city.

News March 2014: New Signage

The shop has applied to the council for new signage. The council have asked the shop to be more discreet than at present.

Paignton

 
Private Shop

Winner Street
Paignton

Licensed. Closed by May 2019.
 

Peterborough


Absolookley Adult
Storeys Bar Road
Eastern Ind Estate
Peterborough
PE1 5YS

Licensed, previously Adult Warehouse. Closed at the end of July 2014.

Customers may like to know that Absolookley Adult in Thetford is still up and running

Peterborough


Licensed to Thrilll
Park Road
Peterborough
PE1 2TD

Licensed. Closed in 2012.

Peterborough

 

Private Shop

75 Oundle Road
Peterborough
PE2 9PW

Mon-Sat: 10am-8pm
Sun: 10am-4pm

iLicensed. Lsting checked in May 2019.

Plymouth

 

Ann Summers

Unit 1, Drake Circus
6 New George Street
Plymouth
PL1 1LP

Mon: 9am - 6pm
Tue-Wed: 9am - 7pm
Thu: 9am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 6pm
Sun: 10:30am - 4:30pm

Unlicensed sex shop

Plymouth


Mayfair

Western Approach
Plymouth
PL1 1TQ

Lingerie shop, closed by August 2014

Plymouth

 

Private Shop

31 Athenaeum Place
Derrys Cross
Plymouth
PL1 2RG

Mon-Sat 10am - 8pm

Licensed shop. Listing checked in June 2020 when it re-opened after lockdown.

News August 2019: Licence application

The shop has applied to renew its licence. It's not expected to be an issue

News December 2017: Staff required

The local newspaper seems well keen on Private Shop as it runs another major article this time noting that the shop is recruiting. See article from plymouthherald.co.uk

Offsite Review, November 2017: What's it like inside?

The local newspaper ran an informative article about Private Shop

See Inside Plymouth's only sex shop from plymouthherald.co.uk

From ETO's Mystery Shopper, September 2016: Improved

A vast array of R18 DVDs at £ 30 with a 3 for £ 60 deal, and £ 25 (3 for £ 50).

Clean, tidy and significantly improved.

News July 2016: pokestop

The Private Shop made the news for being pinpointed on the game App Pokemon GO as a 'pokestop' where people can meet and trade.

News October 2014: Purple patch

PrivateShop in Plymouth city centre has had its licence renewed - opening the door to a revamp bosses say will give it a more inviting new look.

Under the new terms, the store will be allowed to change its front window to display a sign saying your intimate lifestyle and the adult store you can trust

From the Mystery Shopper

A rather tough shop location is reflected in the shop where you are met by a metal faced door that an H-Block would be proud of.

There was a wide choice of £40 DVDs (4 for £100)

Serviceable but a sober and unexciting shop

Plymouth


Slinkies
Manor Street
Stonehouse
Plymouth
PL1 1TL

Licensed shop closed by November 2017

Plymouth

 

Westward Bound

44 Drake Circus,
Plymouth
Devon,
PL4 8AB

Tue-Sat: 10am-5pm

Tel: 01752 221416

Unlicensed shop

From Westward Bound website, March 2008: Latex Clothing

Latex designs and kinky essentials.

We pride ourselves in offering you a vast range of latex clothing styles, in a wide range of sizes and colours. A bespoke service, at off the peg prices.

All latex garments are handmade in England, and we gladly provide a full after-sales service.

Pontefract

 

Pulse & Cocktails

Barnsdale Bar North,
A1 Northbound,
Wentbridge,
Pontefract
WF8 3JF

Mon-Fri: 9am - 9pm
Sat: 10am - 8pm
Sun: 11am - 5pm

Licensed. Listing confirmed in November 2019.

Review from Ian, July 2014: Well organised

Location

This store is situated just off the A1 motorway on the North Bound carriageway. I think this used to be a restaurant or something like that as the location is not your usual place for a Adult Store.

Located next to a petrol station, it is signed, but only just before the turn off into the car park. Plenty of parking spaces. If you want to be little more discreet or are a bit nervous of being seen heading to an adult shop, then I suggest you park around the side of the store

The Shop

The store is large, open plan and it seemed well organised and set out.

Plenty of choice of sexy clothing, sex toys and R18 DVD's. DVD's had been separated in genres and the choice was good. A television at the back of the store was playing some R18 Movie which caught my eye.

Prices

The DVD's are not cheap at £30 each, but the prices are pretty much the same across any location now. They do discount deals if you buy several DVD's and you're feeling flush.

Staff

When I visited this store I was the only person there. The female member of staff was reading something at the counter. I said Hello and she replied. I was looking around the store around 10 minutes she never once came over to speak with me.

I am used to the usual If you need any help speech but didn't even get that. I did have a few questions but decided to leave it.

Overall

The Location is rather unusual, but if you are travelling on the A1 its probably worth a stop.

I didn't bother me in the slightest that the staff didn't ask me if I wanted any help, but this would of been nice.

Worth a visit if you're passing.

Poole


Erotique 4 You
Ashley Road
Parkstone
Poole

The shop applied for a sex shop licence in February 2010. Now closed/

Poole


Purrfectly Discreet
High Street
Poole
BH15 1DB

Opened in May 2013. Moved to Bournemouth in September 2014

Port Talbot


Secret Desires
Commercial Road,
Taibach
Port Talbot
SA13 1LG

Licensed from May 2006 until closed in 2012

Portsmouth


See also Gosport

Portsmouth


Adult Shop
Albert Rd
Portsmouth

Licensed. Reported closed in 2011.

Portsmouth

 

Private Shop

9 Arundel Street
Portsmouth
PO1 1NB

Min-Sat: 10am - 8pm
Su 10am - 4pm

Licensed. Listing checked in May 2019.

Review from Colin, April 2010: Quick Quick

The shop has a novel approach to hurrying up long time browsers by suggesting that they risk being reported to police as potential perverts along with CCTV footage. Hopefully tongue in cheek, but in Stasi Britain one can never be quite sure that there isn't an element of truth.

Reader review

There was a good range of R18 material available, amounting to 350 video and another 350 DVD titles according to the staff with more expected soon. There was also a fair selection of sex toys and some magazines.

The two male staff were very friendly and unassuming and quite willing to let people browse on their own or provide advise if requested. Portsmouth City Council's foolish provision that *anyone* entering the shop *must* show proof of age had already been abandoned by the time I arrived at midday, which was a shame as no one has asked me for proof of age for more than 20 years.

The DVD's and Video's are expensive with every one marked up at £40, but there are also numerous offers available such as 2 for £60, 4 for £100, bundled packs of 10 for £60 and 20 for £100. There is also 50% off for part exchange (with receipt) and it is well worth asking to see what other offers they are willing to make. I bought Private Gladiator parts 1 and 2 (3 discs) for £40.

Overall a bit expensive, but still worth a visit and definitely a massive improvement over previously.

Preston

 

Temptations

128 Friargate
Preston
PR1 2EE

Licensed and trading since December 2001. Moved to new premises on the same street in 2013. Previously known as The Adult Shop.

Review from ETO's Mystery Shopper, August 2017: Cluttered

The shop was busy perhaps due to R18s being priced at 20 each or 3 for 40.

Magazines are also on sale but the shop is a little cluttered.

From The Adult Shop:

Has recently been extended and a new toys and clothes section has been fitted with a new fantastic dolls selection extended. With all the new videos, dvds and mags there's something for everyone so come and meet our friendly staff who will be happy to meet you!

From Trevor:

Visited recently, NOT as stated in description by owner: one to avoid...Poor customer service...when will people learn that politeness and friendliness are the key to selling, not haggling and cynicism...

Preston

 

Private Shop

64 Lancaster Road
Preston
PR1 1DD

Mon-Sat 10am-6pm (Fri. 8pm)

Licensed since 2001. Listing checked May 2019.

Review from ETO's Mystery Shopper, August 2017: A good range of DVDs

A good range of R18 DVDs with most at 25 or 3 for 50. There were also videos at 15 and 10 with equivalent multi-buy deals.

The location is good being close to the town centre.

News March 2014: Sign of the Times

The request for new signage was rejected by Preston Council. Vice chairman, Councillor Carl Crompton, spouted:

If it hadn't had the couple on it would have gone through. But with the couple in, some of the members thought it could possibly lead to younger children asking questions that the adults might not want to answer. It was just inappropriate for something that's opposite the Town Hall and one of the main thoroughfares through the city.

News March 2014: New Signage

The shop has applied to the council for new signage. The council have asked the shop to be more discreet than at present.


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