If you have kids you have to visit Hamleys. That's not just an encouragement, you may literally have no choice. As the world's biggest toy store it's a magnet for children. It's also a potentially harrowing and costly experience for parents, but that comes with the territory, right? When I took my two year old son there, as a reward for being so good in the Tate Modern, it all went badly wrong. He didn't understand that there was more to the shop than the first toy he saw, and did not want to leave. Even when he was given the toy he wanted, a meltdown ensued when we went to pay for it. So he ended up with nothing but a screaming pram ride to the exit.
Hamleys (no there isn't an apostrophe) has seven floors of toys and over five thousand meters of floor space. Every corner, every aisle and every shelf is crammed with toys of all kinds. It's a veritable Santa's Grotto.
Hamleys is reputedly the largest toy shop in the World, I`m not too sure if this is true but it is certainly a very impressive place and Toy Heaven for kids of all ages.
The store is set on several floors linked with escalators and stairs.
On most of the floors there are demonstrators who, well demonstrate the latest toys and games to entice you to buy them.
In the basement there is an amusement arcade where you can try out some of the latest games before buying them.
The top floor contains a small cafe area for when you get tired and hungry from playing with all the toys.
What to buy: You can buy almost anything toy related, from lego to 6 foot teddy bears, model cars to the latest doll.
What to pay: The toys are about average for London.
Once claimed to be the biggest toy shop in Europe , Hamleys is a great tourist attraction in its own right. Situated just off the famous Oxford St shopping area in the West End , with the biggest range of toys on offer in London - with prices to match!!
Since I last visited Hamleys, it would appear that they adopted a new recruitment policy. As each old-timer retired (or was pushed) I presume that the new criteria for staff was purely to find the most hyper-active, outgoing and energetic young things they could find. We have all come across these 'class clowns' at school and wondered where on earth they could possibly find gainful employment - well here is your answer.
Whatever they are demonstrating it will be the best product that has ever comeout of a chinese sweatshop. I don't know if they have regular drug checks, but whatever they are on it must be pretty powerful, grade A at least.
I think the shop sells toys.
Wow, a big big big toy shop in 6 stores (I think) it´s amazing, over 40 000 articles. This is a dream for every child to go to Hamley´s toy shop. This is the secound lagest toystore in the world (the largest is i the US ofcourse).
Just look at the pictures and be amazed.
DONT MISS MY VIDEOS OF HAMLEY´S TOY SHOP
What to buy: TOOOOOOOOOOOYS
These are one of those shops where it is best not to go with your hubby and children. I can get lost there for up to four hours at a time, just strolling thru all the toys, hobbies and games that they have on offer.
What to buy: Make your own teddy bear. Insert its heart and monitor. They will give you a birth certificate, register it for you and you can buy the cutest clothes for it at Hamley's. Take your hubby credit card with.
The oldest and the best toy store not just London, but the U.K. Its Londons answer to FAO Schwartz in NYC, however it was establsihed first back in 1760. The toys arent just safe they are fit for Royality, as Queen Elizibeth the 2nd had recieved toys from here during her child hood.
What to buy: They sell every type of toy imaginable, however they are famous for ther Teddy bears and they have many types to choose from.
What to pay: Bears range £9.99 to round £25.00 on average although could purchase a life size Lion for just £20000.
Hamleys is a very long established shop with over 250 years of service and is a lot better than the overhyped 'Toys r us'. Even if you don't have any children, Hamleys is a really wonderful place to go and spend an hour or more browsing around the toys. There is 6 seperate floors of toys and it has a wonderful electric train going all around the walls of the shop.
What to buy:
Dolls of all different kinds, I have still been known to still buy Barbie dolls from here, even aged in my 30s. Toy cars, all kinds of games, cuddly toys and many other toys of different varieties; practically everything you could think of in the toys range.
What to pay:
Unfortunately,this place is quite highly priced
Great toy store that has just about anything you and your child might want or need. Fun to just walk around and see all the different types of toys.
Reminded me of a FAO Schwartz.
What to buy: Toys, toys, and toys
What to pay: varies
Hamley's toy store is a must destination for everyone having children -- albeit it might be best to leave the children to hotel, or you might find spending the whole day there. And catching sleep next night would become next to impossible, as the excitement of so many toys, blinking colours and flashing lights would be just too much, especially for the young ones.
The store has several floors, all filled with tantalising toys and games for children of all ages. There are both old wooden classic toys and the latest plastic electronic gadgets, and everything in between. Chances are that you find the items you are looking for. The staff is eager to help, and there are toy mini-exhibitions on every floor to get the taste.
The prices are reasonable, but not cheap.
Hamley's, one of the greatest Toy Shops i have ever been in. Regent Street. London.
7 Floors on Toys, every floor has a different area, such as a floor for girls, floor for boys, floor for stuffed animals. Then once your at the top, there is a place to rest your weary feet with food and refreshments.: )
Just a lovely place overall, but have a spending limit. It can be very tempting to buy everything.
What to buy: They have a nice selection of Teddy Bears; Hamleys own, Merrythought, Steiff, etc. If you are a collector it is a must have.
Whatever toy your child wants is in there....hehe!
What to pay: Depends?
My personal favourite shop is Hamley's Toy Store on Regent Street, it is 6 floors high and has every toy imagineable! It's a haven for children and adults alike. The top floor has a restaurant which is nice for a light snack or some cake. Their strawberry slushes are GOOD!
As I work at Piccadilly Circus, I am able to pop out and visit these shops every day if I so wished. I try not to though as it's SO tempting to buy something! :)
What to buy: You can buy pretty much anything in toy from here! For kids and adults alike.
We have bought wooden ships that need building, soft toys (especially teddy bears!), mini games for travelling and beautifully carved board games... and other things too :)
In the 1990s, my husband worked here as the night manager. He would ensure that all new stock was priced and put on the shelves correctly, ready for the next days shopping. Christmas time was manic he said!
He got to meet a few famous people whilst working there as some celebrities do their shopping after hours.
Danny deVito, Nicole Kidman, Bruce and Demi Moore being a few of them... he said Bruce and Demi were the nicest people, so down to earth, which is a pleasure in a celebrity.
What to pay: Being Central London, you can gather that the rentals are VERY high at the retail
outlets, so this is reflected in their pricing. However, the sales are always very
good, as they NEED to get rid of thier unwanted stock, to make room for the next
season's stock, so they practically give away things. Best time to shop? January :)
This toy store is one of the best in the world!!! It is 200 years old and has 47,000 square feet, 40,000 toys and seven floors. I remember spending hours here when I was 12 (I think my dad kind of enjoyed it as well). Not only is there plenty of toys to look at, there are plenty of people demonstrating the toys. I remember watching a magican with a magical deck of cards for at least an hour (I stilll have the deck of cards!!).
Simply but, this may be the best kid's attraction in London on a rainy day.
What to buy: Toys! Toys! Toys!
Toys aren't inexpensive, but quality is high. Some of their classics, like toy soldiers, get handed down for generations.
Mon - Fri 10:00am - 8pm
Sat 9:30am - 8pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 6pm
Once upon a time there was a Cornishman who left his native county, went to London and....opened a toy shop...obviously.
In time it became the biggest toy shop in the world. I know that many tourists would actually see Hamley's as a "Must see acitivity".
I think it is a great shame that the really good model railway that used to run around the shop (certainly as I remember it as a kid) is a mere siding of its former self.
Still the place is packed with all the latest things to keep your delightful / dreadful / delierious / demented offspring quiet for a while.
What to buy: They do their own range of toys as well - including this cuddly thing.
We always make a stop at Hamley's when in London, you can easily spend hours in here as many things are setup to play with, there are toy demonstrations and of course there are 5 or 6 floors full of toys.
There is also a very small Hamley's at Heathrow (I think I was in terminal 3), there isn't nearly as much selection but the prices are a bit cheaper as the 17.5% VAT is not included in the price.
What to buy: I think this may be the first time we've actually purchased anything, we got a couple of London toy cars for our older nephews, a stuffed Hamley's bear for my 2 year old nephew and little aliens that giggle and shake for my nieces. I showed their moms the off switch in the back but I'm sure they are still cursing at me!