It’s approaching the most wonderful time of the year and many parents across the country are getting in a spot of early Christmas shopping to avoid the mad rush for must-have toys in December. Covent Garden is one of our capital’s best destinations for Christmas shopping due to the array of brilliant stores it holds, and is regularly descended upon by hordes of shoppers looking to pick up the toy that all the other kids will have this Christmas. If you’re looking to beat other shoppers to the punch and pick up some Christmas presents early this year, then the following shops are the ones you may want to visit during your stay.
Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop
If you’re staying in centrally located hotels such as The Montcalm London then it’s worth making the short trip to Covent Garden just to visit the institution that is Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop. This legendary London toy shop came from humble beginnings, with the initial store being formed in Hoxton way back in 1853. The founder, Benjamin, was born and grew up in the poverty stricken East End, but as the years passed his business flourished and was even praised by the famous Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The store has changed locations in the many years that have passed since then, but it’s glowing reputation has remained intact.
Stepping into Benjamin Pollock’s, you’ll be greeted by a fantastic array of toys that will delight the kids on Christmas morning, from intricately designed toy theatres and shadow boxes to gift boxes filled with beautifully designed classic toys including yoyo’s, kaleidoscopes, spinning tops and more. The shop also has a range of toys available for younger children including plush toys, wiggly worms and soft finger puppets, to name a few!
The Tintin Shop
Adored by children and adults alike through the years, Tintin attracts visitors from budget B&B’s to those staying in our London 5-star hotels, all drawn together by their shared love for the legendary Belgian boy reporter and his adventures with his faithful canine companion, Snowy. The Tintin Shop stocks a vast collection of plastic and metal figures that will guarantee huge smiles and satisfied children on Christmas morning, as well as an array of Tintin stocking fillers such as plush toys, games and books for your Tintin lovers to enjoy.
London’s Transport Museum Shop
Is your child a train fanatic? If so, then a visit to the London Transport Museum’s shop might be in order. This fantastic store stocks everything from trains and tram models to buses and taxis, and is the perfect place to pick up a high-quality marquee present for your little vehicle enthusiasts. Stocks include knitted tube trains, motorised London buses and the brilliantly detailed King’s Cross St. Pancras train set to choose from, making this a great stop for young transport lovers whatever their age range. What’s more, the shop also stocks a vast collection of transport-themed books, posters and clothing for the ideal stocking-filler.