5 Favourite Toy shops in London

When shopping for toys in a big city like London, how many of you dart straight to the major toy shops? Don’t get me wrong, I love Hamleys and The Disney Store! But prefer to support small businesses and independent shops when I can.

With that in mind, here are my five favourite toy shops in London (in no particular order).

The Who Shop

The Who Shop

Run by husband and wife, Alexandra and Kevan, The Who Shop is a must visit toy shop for any Whovian, I.e. fan of the TV series Doctor Who. The shop has a wide range of Doctor Who memorabilia along with a museum showcasing props and costumes. What’s not to love?

Where?
The Who Shop
39-41 Barking Road,
Upton Park,
London E6 1PY

Nearest Underground Station:
Upton Park

Opening Times:
Monday to Saturday: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Sunday: Closed

Sylvanian Families Store*

Sylvanian Families are one of my favourite childhood toys and I was thrilled to find out there’s a dedicated toy shop in London; the Sylvanian Families store.

Set up by Simon and Angela Harwood in 1991. The store showcases an extensive range of Sylvanian Families products from gifts sets like the log cabin to animal families and vintage items like the story cassette tape. It’s a must visit for collectors or those with children that love Sylvanians.

Where?
68 Mountgrove Road
Highbury
London
N5 2LT

Nearest Underground Station:
Arsenal Station

Opening Times:
Monday to Saturday: 09.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday: Closed

After Noah

After Noah

A family run home furniture and toy shop, selling traditional toys that will have childhood memories flooding back.

From wooden toys, to pocket money stocking fillers, to brand names like Lego and Playmobil. There’s something for everyone.

Where?
121-122 Upper Street,
Islington,
London N1 1QP

Nearest tube station:
Highbury and Islington

Opening times:
Monday to Saturday: 10.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am – 5.00pm

Millennia: Out of this World

OK I’ll admit it was the Deadpool statue outside that first drew me inside. But this store is full of great TV, Sci-fi and gaming merchandise, perfect for the geeky one in your life.

You can even get a selfie with a giant Incredible Hulk statue!

Where?
Unit 17/18, Camden Market, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AH

Nearest tube station:
Camden Town

Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 10:00am – 06:00pm

The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9¾

OK, not an independent toy shop per say but I just couldn’t leave it out! I even removed it a couple of times before completing this post. 😅

After getting your photo taken at Platform 9¾ pop into the shop next door for a wide range of Harry Potter memorabilia.

From collectibles such as wands and time turners to exclusive items and even Hogwarts jumpers and robes in the house colours. Which house would you choose? I’m a proud Ravenclaw. 🦅

Where?
Kings Cross Station,
Kings Cross,
London N1 9AP

Nearest Underground Station:
Kingscross and St Pancreas

Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 08:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday: 09:00am – 09:00pm

Have you been to any of these toy shops? What others would you add to the list?

14 thoughts on “5 Favourite Toy shops in London

  1. It’s been YEARS since I was last in London, I have to say the thought of having to fight my way around the Christmas crowds gives me the fear. But the Millennia shop looks like the perfect shop for Christmas gifts – both Alan and Flora are huge Marvel and DC fans, I’m sure I’d find something in there. Thank you for sharing your favourites, Kim 🙂

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • I hate fighting through the crowds too! So I stay well clear of Oxford Circus and Bond Street. 😐 These are bit “off the beaten path” so generally a little less crowded. Thanks for your comment Lisa. x

  2. Love this post. Sylvanian families is one of my favorite toys although in the States they are Calico Critters. So much fun, I want to visit!

    • I didn’t realise they were in the States under a different name! I’d definitely recommend popping into the shop if you visit London.

  3. Wow how cute, We are coming to London later this month so will be sure to check those out. The Deadpool shop for my husband and the sylvanian families shop for my daughters.

  4. I’d never heard of Millenia before – and now I *need* to go! I am going to London in a few week’s time so might have to go check it out 🙂

    • Thanks for your comment Cat. Definitely check out Millenia if you get chance, if only to get a selfie with Deadpool or Hulk. 😉

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