Shopping with kids isn’t the easiest daytime activity to spend your time doing. That is, unless you include a toy shop or two. While traipsing around clothes shops may be their idea of hell, dropping by a magical toy shop is enough to raise a smile on even the grumpiest of faces.
We all know how awesome London is for shopping opportunities and with these hotels from Travelodge, you can enjoy a long weekend with the kids at reasonable prices. Incorporate some fun stuff for them to enjoy, in return for a little tolerance for your well-deserved retail therapy.
Luckily, many of the awesome toy shops in London are within walking distance of the major shopping streets and centres, so you don’t have to go far to treat your kids to some fun times. Take a look at these incredible toyshops located all over London so that wherever you are, you can immerse your little ones in a little magic – after all, everyone deserves it, no matter how old you are!
Hamleys – Regent Street
A list of toy stores wouldn’t be complete without this flagship London store that ticks all the boxes when it comes to toys. Spread across seven floors, there’s so much to see that your children (and you) won’t know where to start. Themed floors, such as boys, girls and hobbies mean that you can make a beeline to the floor you wish to explore or if you have the time, see it all – it’s totally worth it and as the largest toy shop in the world, you can’t get any better.
Disney Store – Oxford Street
Another of the biggies, this Disney store is the largest in Europe and as soon as you walk through the door, the magic and sparkle hits you. From the upbeat Disney music to the enamoured staff and Mickey Mouse and Donald sentries, there are two floors to lose yourself in, stocking everything from Disney princesses to The Muppets and Thor.
Any fan of these miniature furries will love this shop in North London, home to everything you can possibly dream of Sylvanian-related, including a myriad of families, furniture and buildings.
Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop – Covent Garden
From its beginnings in Hoxton to its current home in Soho, if you’re looking for traditional paper toy theatres, marionettes and glove puppets, look no further – perfect for any budding storytellers.
Science Museum Shop – South Kensington
Perfect if you’re spending some of your stay in this awesome museum, the shop attached is chock-a-block with gadgets and science-inspired toys that will keep kids busy for hours.
Sprinkle a little fairy dust and head here, where your little girls will be in their element. A haven for little princesses who love dressing up, this store full of all things pretty, including tutus, fairy wings and magic wands, is ideal to encourage their wild imaginations.
Whether it’s these that take your fancy, or you’d prefer to find another toy store in the city, it’s a sure-fire way of making your kids smile from ear to ear. Take a look at these hotels from Travelodge and start planning a family weekend in the city that will be memorable, whatever your age.