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We are often rung by people asking for the contact details of major toy shops so here are the main ones for you. If you find any errors please let us know and we'll update them.
We have tried to include as many toy shop contact details as possible, detailing both specialist toy shops and department stores with good toy ranges.
John Lewis – 0207 828 1000
John Lewis stock most major brands from Lego and Play Mobile to Sylvanian Families and Fisher Price. Their never knowingly undersold message means that you can buy these brands in confidence. They also have a wide range of their own brand John Lewis toys but these seem more me-too products rather than anything particularly imaginative and their prices range from attractive (£6 tambourine) to over priced (£12 wooden noughts and crosses) so worth a check before buying.
The Entertainer - 0333 320 5100 or 01494 737000
Boughton Business Park
The new kid on the block The Entertainer was set up in 1981 and now has 130 stores. It is a chain set up on Christian values, the stores only open on Sundays in the run up to Xmas and they give 10% of their profits to charity.
The Entertainer are a specialist toy shop. They stock all major brands and have all the licensed toys to support popular films and tv. They pride themselves on their competitive pricing so if you are looking for a specific toy or character this is probably the place to start.
With 60 stores across the UK House of Fraser is one of our largest department stores. They have a pretty good toy department but in my opinion it’s the sort of place where you buy toys only if you need something else from the store at the same time and not worth a special trip.
Smyths Toys – 0203 3285 038
Lyrr Building 1
Mervue Business Park
An Irish chain store with 96 stores in England/Wales/Scotland, 5 stores in NI and 19 in Republic of Ireland. They are a superstore rather than high street so offer a very wide variety of toys across all major brands. They trade on price so there is no doubt you will be able to pick up a bargain if that is what you are looking for.
Hamleys - 0871 704 1977
2 Fouberts Place
Definitely an experience and a day out rather than a normal toy shop. A multi layered shop packed with toys and entertainers. Don’t bother checking out whether you are getting the cheapest price, just relax and enjoy yourselves.
Early Learning Centre – 01923 241000 or 0871 231 3511
Cherry Tree Road
Mainly an online offering now but also available in Mothercare, Debenhams and Boots stores. It does offer brands but mainly it is ELC branded toys. The telephone number is for Mothercare who now own ELC
Other toy shops
ToysR Us - 01628 414141
Address: Vanwall Business Park, Vanwall Road, Maidenhead, BERKS SL6 4UB
Tescos - 01992 632222
New Tesco House, Delamare Road, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, EN8 9SL