Last Sunday saw Daddy P joining my son and me for his first blogging event – we spent a day in London. We were invited to the Join In and Play Tatty Puppy Launch, which you can read about here. We were going to a toy shop, not just any toy shop, THE toy shop! We were going to Hamleys! Not only were we going to Hamleys, but we were also going to be inside the shop for 2 whole hours before the doors opened. That fact alone was enough to get Daddy P, up, dressed and out of the door ON TIME (a very rare thing).
I have wonderful memories of Hamleys from my childhood. I’d sometimes get to stay with my Auntie who lived on the outskirts of London, and we’d take day trips into the city; visit museums, Foyles (I have always been a bookworm), The Royal Opera House to see my first ballet performance (I was always going to be a prima ballerina – sadly that was all in my head – too tall, and a cruel mother who insisted I went to Brownies rather than Ballet lessons) and Hamleys. I have it in my head, that at that time anyway (well over 30 years ago) it was the largest toy store in the world? I could be wrong on that, so don’t jump on me with a ton of bricks. Whether it was or not is really immaterial – to a young girl, walking into that store was like walking into heaven. Toys as far as the eye could see, floor after floor of excitement, colour, fun and you could actually touch things!! No trip to London was complete without a visit to Hamleys. I’m fairly sure I didn’t always come out with a present, just having a magical exploration was often enough.
So all these years later, the thought of taking my own little boy and seeing his little face – priceless. Daddy P had a deprived childhood – he never went to Hamleys until he was in his Twenties – that is just wrong!
Anyway, as part of the event, we were invited to, we got a whole two hours to explore every nook and cranny of the store. No crowds, a major bonus as my son is not great when surrounded by strangers. We enjoyed the launch event and then went off to see what Hamleys had to offer.
The range of toys and games is just as impressive as I remember from my own childhood. monkey spent ages researching all the tractors, diggers, planes, trains and cars on offer – yes that was definitely his favourite floor!
We were very lucky, we wandered around at our leisure and my little boy was very well-behaved. I was really impressed that at no point did he, aged nearly 4 years old, say I WANT THAT!! He was really interested, don’t get me wrong, but he didn’t try to grab anything.
As the clock ticked nearer to opening time we asked him what he would like if he was allowed to have something, how brave were we!! I’d really like Spencer Mummy. Wow, ok, do you know what I think you’ve probably deserved a little treat. He’d just finished his first few days at Nursery School and hadn’t cried once, so we treated him to Spencer for his Trackmaster Train set. Daddy P also slipped in something for his birthday when he wasn’t looking. Ever the softie. As the doors opened we paid for our items ……
…. and said goodbye to Hamleys. I’m sure we have many visits ahead with our little boy!
3 thoughts on “Not just any toy shop – Hamleys London”
Sounds great to have the whole shop to yourself. I will confess I have only been as an adult! but it was fun.
It was quite cool!