Newest Review: ... amount of buses passing the store its never been easier to get to. The store is always busy when I have been, i'm not a regular but on my... more
Hamleys - Possibly The Most Famous Toy Store
Member Name: hunnybabyuk
Advantages: Has everything in store, its a great fun exciting atmosphere
Disadvantages: Can get over crowded
Hamley's is possibly the most famous toy store in London, if not the UK. It's one of the city's major tourist attractions, receiving around five million visitors per year. The chain has six other outlets in the United Kingdom and others worldwide.
Their main store is Regent Street in the city centre which is so easy to get to, with 5 tube stations within walking distance (Bond Street, Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus & Tottenham Court Road) and countless amount of buses passing the store its never been easier to get to.
The store is always busy when I have been, i'm not a regular but on my visits to London I almost always go there, even if it's just for a browse. The store is huge, with 7 floors covering around 54,000 square feet. Each floor is dedicated to a certain thing and split into (Boys, Girls, Hobbies, Pre-school, Games, Soft Toys & Interactive). The store is always busy when I've been in with lifts available and the escalators in the centre of the store, you'll also find a sort of Narnia style normal staircase at the side of the store. The store is very well layed out it's easy to move around with signs directing to different departments and what floor does what.
Staff are on hand everywhere you turn, they are "demonstrating" or should that be playing with the toys all over the store helping to show you what they do, always showcasing the latest releases and popular toys, allowing you to have a go yourself and ask questions. Staff are also very happy and cheery, very approachable if you have questions and also happy to help with directions or information.
The store is clean but can be a bit messy but with tons of kids playing with toys that's to be expected, I love the atmosphere in Hamley's im 26 but love it as it's fun and energetic, although it can be very crowded at times its still an exciting store and is full of everything a child or grown up could want. Prices vary with some good deals and some not so good deals but if you look around your bound to find some quality products at decent prices.
I would highly recommend the store and will visit time and time again when I am in London.
Summary: A great store