The history of Hamleys dates back to 1760, where a Mr William Hamley opened his first toy emporium. Over the next 150 years or so, the store grew in popularity, size and collections, but closed during the great recession of the 1920s. The Hamleys we know today was re-opened in the 1930s and has expanded across several locations, with stores in Glasgow, Cardiff, Dublin and Manchester in addition to the original London premises. Of course you can also buy plenty of fun toys, games, gadgets and gifts online too, meaning it’s never been easier to get your hands on an iconic toy.
Hamleys is for children of all ages, as well as the whole family, with products divided into categories for pre-schoolers, arts and crafts, dolls, action, outdoor, building toys and outdoor play. You’ll also find the latest great toys as part of collections by relevant popular kids’ TV shows and movies, like the Disney Princesses collection, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collection or Peppa Pig range. From pencil cases to football goals, dress up kits to teddy bears, you’ll find it all here in one easy to search location.
Plus, once you’ve found the ideal item for the occasion, it’s really easy to order and get delivered. You can only pay for goods using a debit or credit card but the good news is that all major cards are accepted including Visa, Mastercard and AMEX. At the moment, Hamleys ship to anywhere in the UK, plus a further 27 European destinations. Next day and Saturday delivery options are available in the UK (with the exception of the Scottish Highlands) but only standard delivery is offered in Europe, at a higher charge than UK delivery costs. Unfortunately online orders cannot be collected in store, and must be returned via courier, however any unsuitable shop purchases can be easily refunded without having to visit the store. Return them directly to the warehouse easily and efficiently after filling out a returns form online.
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There’s no denying Hamleys is the ideal place to buy a children’s gift no matter what time of the year, but as a treat for them it might be better to visit the store and try out the toys and demos for themselves first.