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Craig recommends… Hamleys is definitely the best toy shop in London, but the most famous shop of all is Harrods in Knightsbridge, closely followed by Selfridges in Oxford Street. Fortnum & Mason is another posh shop (great for food) and Liberty is worth a look as well. But if it’s really toys you’re after then don’t forget the gift shop at the Science Museum and Natural History Museum because you can get some nice stocking fillers in there.
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.
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.
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If you enjoy this then try: Fortnum & Mason (you can walk it in 7 mins); Harrods (walk it in 28 mins or catch a train from Oxford Circus to Harrods); Hatchards (you can walk it in 7 mins) and Liberty (you can walk it in less than 2 mins).