2.12.15

#CityCountryLife Christmas Shopping at The Toystore Oxford Street

One of the best things about city life, is without a doubt the huge array of amazing shops that we have here in London, right on our doorstep. So I'm really excited to share this week's #CityCountryLife with you!!

A few weeks ago, my family ( including Grandma or Gaga as she is fondly known) and I were thrilled invited to be invited to a private tour of the newest toy shop on the block- The Toystore on Oxford Street. The Toystore landed in the UK this summer and is the first of it's kind in Europe although they have a network of stores already across the Middle East. 

The children were super excited to spend an afternoon in the coolest toy store around and it was a great opportunity for me to get some sneaky Christmas shopping done!


There are loads of brilliant toy displays dotted all around the store, showing off the latest and most unique toys sold in store! One of my favourite things about the shop was the staff, they were all just so great with the kids, really engaging and not at all patronising. E is very much a mini me, so our first stop was of course at the nail polish display....

E also tried out some pretty rainbow hair chalks which  you can just about see in the ends of her hair below. They also sell some super cute glitter tattoo, they look amazing but are actually really easy to recreate at home, even Mr Jones couldn't resist and got a glittery peace sign on his hand :)


E is really in to Barbies and My Little Pony at the moment and fortunately the Toystore has huge ranges of both. She also loved the interactive Barbie which she was able to dress and style and also the Bratz section that had loads of fun accessories that you can put on to create the perfect selfie. I actually have no idea how we managed to get her to leave this section!



Gaga, E and I fell in love with the Bonnie & Pearl dolls. They are made in Gagas hometown of Cardiff and are beautifully crafted and built to last years of love and affection. What I loved most about them is that the look like proper old fashioned dolls with realistic facial features and proportions, which reinforces positive body image in little girls.



My girlie girl might be in to ponies and barbies but the little Guy is in to cars in a big way. It's no surprise then that a toy car is top of his wish list this year and how cute do they look driving the toy Bentleys and Range Rovers below! I think Mr Jones would secretly would have liked a go too!!


I caught these two having a little snuggle in the Mr Men section, ahhhhh brotherly/ sisterly love!


The giant race track was just every junior car enthusiast dream.....


.....Grown ups get to relive their childhood.....


......and there's something for Thomas & Friends fans.....


E and Rufio both had in their words 'The best afternoon ever' Thank you so much to Paul the store manager and his fantastic team for taking the time to show us you're amazing new store.







11 comments

  1. My word Harry and Katie would love to go to this store it's a child's dream come true! Loved the racetrack Harry would go mad for that. E and R look adorable having a hug! Lovely post as always Becca xo

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    1. Harry & Katie would love it, we'll have to take them next time you're in London! We can leave David & Jonathan in the toy car section :)
      xx

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  2. My daughter would love one of those cars!! I just don't have the budget or space for one although I can completely remember wanting one myself when I was small!!

    Have you ever heard of Drucillas? It's a small zoo in East Sussex so a proper day trip away from London but it had a Thomas train that runs round it! Your picture made me think of it!

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    1. Luckily they had some for less than the price shown in the pic above but we're struggling with the space issue too!
      I've just googled Drucillas, the Thomas Train looks brilliant and my daughter & I would love the Hello Kitty section. We'll have to make a day trip there next year xx

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  3. My youngest and my niece and nephews would love this place, although I think I'd like to shop around without all of the crowds! London is so magical at Christmas, I love the Harrods advent calendar and all of the lights x

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    1. Haha yes, having the shop to yourself would just be the ultimate wouldn't it! We went on a Friday and even though it was busy the shop didn't feel too crowded because it's just so huge and spacious xx

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  4. My youngest and my niece and nephews would love this place, although I think I'd like to shop around without all of the crowds! London is so magical at Christmas, I love the Harrods advent calendar and all of the lights x

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  5. Oh just look at the excitement on her face! As they say priceless :) Linking up for the first time, thanks for hosting #citycountrylife x

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    1. She was super super excited and hasn't stopped talking about our visit!!

      Thank you so much for linking up to #CityCountryLife

      xx

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  6. Oh wow, that looks like a little one's paradise! I remember getting SO excited if we ever went to toys r us when I was little, but this is just something else. Your little girl looks so sweet with her glittery nails and hair chalks :-) x

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    1. It was grown ups paradise too :) my hubby couldn't get enough of the remote control cars, such a big kid!! I didn't really object to trying out hair chalks and glitter tattoos either! Thanks so much for linking up with us xx

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