When you have children, your radar becomes tuned into different things. You’ll go to cafes where you can fit a pram, or a restaurant where there’s a kid’s menu/play area. On holiday, your plans involve playgrounds and spaces that your children will enjoy. On our one day of shopping in London, we went to Hamleys.
I had never heard of this place and it was in Regent Street, just down from Oxford Circus. Not only that, Hamleys is celebrating its 250th anniversary.
Think of Toy Story 5- sorry, 5 storeys of toys, where staff are nice and talk to your children like real people, where there are computer games to play with and a giant Buzz Lightyear made entirely out of Lego. In fact they had an entire floor devoted to Lego, Meccano and all things that little boys like to put together, pull apart and leave on the floor for parents to stand on in bare feet.
The girl’s themed floor was awash with pink, and not only did they have lots of crafty stuff, but there was a mini-stylist, where you could have your hair styled (for 15 pounds).
Miss BG purchased a doll’s teaset in a little case, and Mr BG walked out with Toy Story Lego. It was all bought on the proviso that it be small enough to fit into the suitcases, so the Buzz Lightyear Lego man had to stay in the shop.
It was much better than going to Harrods where you have to carry your backpack and the crowds are far busier. We arrived around 10, around opening time for most stores, so it was nice and quiet.
Having accomplished this task we went to Trafalgar Square for…icecream!