Hamleys toy shop, Regent Street

Hamleys toy shop in Regent Street
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Hamleys address and telephone

Address:
Hamleys is located at: 188–196 Regent Street,
London W1B 5BT
England
Telephone:
You can contact Hamleys on Work +44 (0) 800 280 2444

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Hamleys in Regent Street is believed to be the the world’s largest toy store, and certainly the biggest toy shop in London.

You’ll find five floors filled with every kind of toy from computers, electronic gadgets and board games, to railway sets, model cars and girl’s dolls.

As you walk around the shop you’ll meet lots of staff playing with the toys, doing magic tricks, sending the remote-controlled cars spinning across the floor, flying the little helicopters and drones above your head.

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The ground floor is almost like London Zoo: they have shelves stuffed with all sorts of cuddle animals from teddy bears and monkeys, to dinosaurs, dragons and dogs. That’s also where you’ll find the magic sets and interactive stands – there’s usually a magician at the back trying out the Marvin’s Magic tricks.

They have baby’s toys, toys for toddlers, chemistry kits and educational games for school-age children, right up to Star Wars kits, Lego sets, robots and drones.

Hamleys toy store in London

Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s review of Christmas shopping in London  Fortnum & Mason is the closest that a shop ever gets to being a 5-star hotel. The staff dresses up in red tails and shiny shoes at Christmas, with a bit of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra on the speakers – proper chestnut tunes. When you step inside from Piccadilly it’s all posh chocolates and teas, with decorated tables full of sugarcoated bon-bons, stone-sized toffee chunks, and slabs of fudge as big as bricks. Tin biscuit-caddies with shortbreads and savouries; huge wooden advent calendars with chiseled out drawers for little gifts, and fat… continued.”

> Have you seen his London guidebook?

Hamleys is definitely the best shop in London for toys, but the most famous shop of all is Harrods in Knightsbridge, closely followed by Selfridges in Oxford Street. Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly is another posh shop (great for food) and Liberty is worth a look as well. If it really is toys you’re after, then don’t forget the gift shop at the Science Museum and Natural History Museum – you can get some nice stocking fillers in there.


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  • ronette – “I love hamleys! The ground floor is my favourite because there are thousands of stuffed toys. You can buy every kind of animal in the world, in all sizes. Monkeys, crocodiles, elephants, whales, worms, cats and dogs. And that's before you get onto winnie the pooh, mickey mouse, Paddington bear, bagpuss.. There is literally everything that you could imagine. A whole zoo of stuffed toys. I know that I am too old to like these things, but that is why we have kids. So we can buy all these things that we secretly still like!.”
  • ian meyer – “I went into hamleys the other day for the first time ever, to buy my niece a birthday present. I know I’m probably too old to admit it, but I thought it was pretty good. I didn't get past the first floor, but they must have every kind of stuffed toy in there of every animal that you can imagine. They've got a whole zoo of stuffed toys. Monkeys, elephants, polar bears, cats, dogs, rats, fish, gorillas, snakes, giraffes.. You name it, they';ve got it. I ended up buying some hand puppets of a big wolf that stretch all the way down your arm.”

If you want to do some more shopping then here are some of the most famous shops in London

> Selfridges Selfridges in Oxford Street is one of London’s largest and most famous department stores.
> Hatchards Hatchards in Piccadilly is London’s oldest bookstore, opened by John Hatchard in 1797.
> Harrods Harrods in Knightsbridge is one of the most famous—and expensive—shops in the world.
> Fortnum & Mason Fortnum & Mason has been around for 300 years, and is famous for its extravagant window displays.
 

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