How to get guest pass tickets for London's Pokémon pop-up store

The Pokémon pop-up store at the Excel London will offer exclusive merch and photo opps (Pokemon)
The Pokémon pop-up store at the Excel London will offer exclusive merch and photo opps (Pokemon)

Slots for the April return of the Pokémon Centre pop-up store in the UK are currently available for purchase.

The Pokémon Centre, which will be selling limited-edition items and merchandise, will be open for a brief period at the forthcoming Pokémon Europe International Championships at the ExCeL in London.

The pop-up store will be open from Thursday, April 4 and run until Sunday, April 7. Opening times for Thursday through Saturday will be from 10am to 6pm GMT UK time and on Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

The store will be open to the public and does not require a competitor or spectator badge to enter.

Reservations can be booked via the website now.

Play Lab is making a comeback to the 2024 Pokémon Europe International Championships in addition to the pop-up store located in the Pokémon Centre.

Fans and guests will be able to learn how to play the Pokémon Trading Card Game at Play Lab. Battle Lab will also host demos and minigames on the Nintendo Switch system for those who want to master the fundamentals of the Pokémon video games or take on seasoned Pokémon Professors in the Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet games.

Play Lab and Battle Lab are located at ExCeL London's Entrance N2 and offer varying experiences based on play level and duration.

There is no fee to participate in these events, and neither a badge nor registration are needed. The Play Lab and Battle Lab will be open from Friday, April 5 to Saturday, April 6, from 10am to 6pm, and on Sunday, April 7, from 9am to 4pm.

ExCel London provides a variety of accessibility services, including wheelchair and mobile scooter hire – but it’s best to notify Pokémon Centre staff just before your appointment.

One hour before closing is the cut-off time to enter the Play Lab or Battle Lab.