Hamleys Toy Shop, established in London in 1780, is known as the largest, and one of the best, toy emporiums worldwide. With toys, games, gifts, treats and more spread out over seven floors, it’s a wonderland for children of all ages, and their parents.
During the run up to Christmas the atmosphere at Hamleys becomes decidedly festive, with stunning Christmas displays, trees, and more than a few cheeky elves to help you to explore the store. Why not book a family room for a London stopover and treat the kids to a day out in the city that they’ll never forget?
Travelodge have hotels all over London so you’re sure to be able to find bargain accommodation in the heart of the action. With 51 hotels to choose from citywide, it’s easy to find a Travelodge hotel in a location that’s convenient for you, whether you choose to stay near the train station, near Hamleys toy shop itself or near another attraction.
One of the best things about Travelodge hotels is that they offer family rooms at very reasonable prices, so treating the tribe doesn’t have to break the bank. Better yet you’ll have more money left over to treat your little ones to a pre-Christmas gift – after all, you can’t take them to the biggest toy shop in the world and expect them to leave empty handed!
Those with little boys will want to head straight up to the 5th Floor for a wonderland of boy’s toys including action figures, vehicles and more. Just one floor down, you’ll find model kits, model railways and remote-controlled vehicles.
The third floor is a girly delight full of dolls, dress-up outfits, arts and crafts and even pop up pamper areas. The floor below that is the place to take pre-schoolers, with a wide range of toys for threes and under to enjoy.
The first floor is a joy for all with board games, jigsaws, a Build a Bear Workshop and sweet shop. As is the ground floor where you’ll find a zoo of stuffed animals, as well as a section just for magic. Venture down into the basement floor and you’ll find Lego and other construction toys galore, as well as the computer game experts at Game.
If, however, you really want to see your children’s eyes shining in wonderment, you simply must treat them to a trip to Hamleys very own Father Christmas. This isn’t any old grotto – the ‘I Met Father Christmas at Hamleys’ experience includes a meet and greet with Santa and his elves, a meal, games and activities and a small gift.
At £45 per child, it’s not cheap, but for a once a year treat that’s sure to provide precious memories for a lifetime it’s got to be worth it. Of course, saving on your London hotel room will leave more cash to spend on festive treats, so it’s worth seeking out a great deal on Travelodge hotels in the city.