5 best toy shops in London
188-196 Regent St, W1B 5BT
Hamleys was founded before the British even discovered Australia! It sounds unbelievable but Hamleys was first opened under the name “Noah’s Ark” in 1760 by William Hamley. The store was originally a small, independent toy shop before its popularity garnered a move to Regent Street in 1881. Today, the store spans 7 floors and offers one of the widest selections of children’s toys in the world. The irresistible toys have caught the eyes of common and royal children alike and the store is now considered a British institution. Hamleys offers live demonstrations of many of its toys so if you are in London with a child be sure to take them into this wonderland.
2. The Disney Store
350-352 Oxford St, W1C 1JH
The Disney Store on Oxford Street is the biggest Disney store in Europe. The shop’s elaborate windows can inspire a sense of nostalgia for adults and a sense of wonder in children. The shop contains a gigantic castle, a whimsical clock which rings and features a princess and fairies on the hour. You and your child can even seek out some of the old favorites – Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck! This is the perfect place for a Disney-mad child.
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3. Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop
44 The Market, Covent Garden
Benjamin Pollock is one of the oldest toy shops in London. It opened in 1856 and in 1980 it moved to the vibrant Covent Garden area. Keeping with its location near the Royal Opera House, it sells toys with a theatrical theme such as puppets, play theaters, dramatic children’s books and much more. Here you will find the well known characters from English fairy tales and books by famous British authors, such as “Alice in Wonderland.”
2 Blenheim Crescent, W11 1NN
Honeyjam is close to the Portobello Market in London’s famous Notting Hill district. This market is famous for its vintage shops where you can buy antique furniture and home furnishings, clothes and interesting little trinkets. In accordance with its eclectic location, Honeyjam sells vintage dolls and toys alongside their traditional and modern toy offering. This is a favourite shop of many London celebrities as the toys are quirky and different.
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5. Science Museum Shop
Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2DD
The shop at London’s science museum boasts an array of interesting toys for tech savy kids. The shop has great technical toys such as controlled helicopters, voice transformers and telescopes. Adults can also find some of the coolest technology gadgets around. There are also live demonstrations of the latest in technology innovation so it is worth visiting and having a wander if you or your child are a bit of a tech-y!