Hamley´s, London

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    Hamleys: A World of Toys

    by rexvaughan Written Jun 21, 2004

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    Barbie Rules!

    This is one of the biggest toy stores I have ever seen. It is 7 floors of nothing but toys - tens of thousands of them of all kinds - dolls, stuffed animals, vehicles, crafts, computer games with, of course, the ever present Barbies shown in the photo. We did a one stop trip here for souvenirs for our 4 grandchildren. Our six year-old granddaughter has dozens if not hundreds of stuffed animals and when I asked her what she wanted from London she said, "I don't have a panda bear and really, really want one." Her mother pointed out that pandas were really from China, a long way from London. When I asked again later she said, "If you are near Japan, I would like a panda bear." Hamleys had wonderful pandas!

    What to buy: TOYS, TOYS, TOYS. If you have children with you, this will be an unforgettable place for them to visit. They can even pick out a "bear skin" and watch it being stuffed - a made to order teddy bear!

    What to pay: From the sublime to the ridiculous.

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    Hamley's: Toy Heaven!

    by Dabs Updated Aug 9, 2004

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    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!

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    Hamley's: The world's most famous toy shop

    by sourbugger Updated Sep 16, 2004

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    Bearing all

    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.

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    Hamley´s: Hamley´s

    by gugi66 Updated Mar 5, 2009

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    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

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    Hamleys: Toy shop

    by novsco61 Written Jul 20, 2004

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    I visited this shop 14 years ago and was astonished - 5 storeys of toys drove me crazy.
    My daughter insisted on visiting this shop - so we went there. She was confused .... She wanted to have everything ... But the prices were much to high ....
    We spent there almost 2 hours.

    What to buy: Nothing, because the prices are high,high,high.....

    What to pay: A fortune ...

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    Hamleys: The World's Biggest Toy Shop

    by antistar Written Jul 8, 2013

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    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.

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    Hamleys: Toys, toys, toys!

    by Elodie_Caroline Written Apr 18, 2007

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    Clinton & Kieran, would we take these to Hamleys?
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    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

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    Hamleys: Toys for everyone

    by phil_uk_net Written Oct 25, 2002

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    Hamleys toy shop

    Probably the most famous toy shop in the country, it was a real treat coming here as a kid. The shop is large and has toys for all kids, both young and old.
    Gets so full in the run up to Christmas that you may have to queue outside before they let you in.

    What to buy: Toys!

    What to pay: You will pay more for toys bought here than elsewhere.

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    Hamley's: Toy heaven

    by nomadig Written Oct 29, 2006

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    Inside Hamley's toy superstore

    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.

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    Hamley's Toy Shop: Check out Hamley's Toy Shop

    by Fergie01 Updated Aug 10, 2006

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    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?

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    Sports and games: Hamleys ~ My favourite toy shop in London!

    by Jenniflower Updated May 29, 2006

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    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 :)

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    Hamleys Toy store: Big kids will Love it as well as the small ones

    by jetwind Updated Nov 27, 2007

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    Cuddly Polar bear at Christmas

    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.

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    Hamley's: Toy Store

    by barryg23 Updated Mar 26, 2003

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    Spot the Giraffe

    On my first trip to London, at the age of 9, the placeI wanted to see most was Hamley's. Though toy shops are usually for children you will be surprised how many adults can be seen wandering around Hamley's.

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    Hamleys: Toy Heaven

    by DUNK67 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Open
    Mon-Fri 10.00-20.00
    Sat 9.30-20.00
    Sun 12.00-18.00

    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.

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    Hamleys: Toy heaven

    by Jasoninlondon Updated May 24, 2004

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    Hamleys

    Hamleys is a huge shop for toys, games and models. Spread over six or seven floors you can buy almost any game, doll, toy or hobbie thing you could ever want for yourself or your child.

    There is also a huge cuddly toy and teddy bear shop which includes some classic collector bears worth over ý1000

    What to buy: Whether you buy or look, or if you a child or adult you should see this amazing store.

    Beware though, it is crazy near Christmas, but nicely decorated

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