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London is the perfect place to find a
wonderful toy for a beloved child. The
choice is enormous no matter whether you are looking for a hand made pull along
train, a computer game or a big, soft, cuddly teddy bear.
Over two hundred years ago, William Hamley set up a toy shop in
London, dreaming of creating the best toy shop in the world. As the years went on, Hamleys grew and grew,
taking over a massive seven storey building in Regents Street which is not too
far for people staying at hotels near Kensington. It has
become a much-loved London landmark, where generations of parents have come to
find the perfect toy.
Every floor is filled with a vast array of
toys, from toys to delight a baby, to computer games, cuddly toys, board games
and construction toys. Entering through
the doors of Hamleys is like entering a world filled with imagination and
laughter – the biggest problem is choosing a toy and getting your kids to
actually leave the store!
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Offering alternatives is a good way to do
so. Not far away in Leicester Square is the fantastic Lego Store, complete with hands on activities to keep kids amused
while you browse. Why not take your
photo with Dr Who’s Tardis, admire a large replica of Big Ben or step inside a
full size Lego version of a tube train.
If you want to create a mosaic of your face in Lego bricks you can even
do this – but you do need to book well in advance as it is a very popular
After enjoying a good breakfast at our Kensington
hotel restaurant, stop off at department stores like Harrods in Kensington and Selfridges in
Oxford Street to explore their imaginative displays, especially at Christmas
time. Admire delightful shop windows
where toys seem to come to life.
Sometimes Santa Claus is in residence at Christmas time ready to meet
little ones, with a smile and a gift.
Another delightful toyshop can be found in Covent
Garden. Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop
is home to all kinds of traditional toys such as shadow boxes and toy theatres
where you can use your imagination to tell stories of Peter Pan, Sleeping
Beauty and many others. There are pretty gift boxes filled with dominoes, tops,
noughts and crosses and other little games, colourful kaleidoscopes, pop up
toys and lots of creative 3-D pictures and models.