By Louisa Falconer, aged 12
Last Friday, I visited the world’s largest toy store! As I got out of the taxi, I found myself on Regent Street in London and opposite Hamley’s. I was so excited!
There were two people outside of the door. One was dressed as a large teddy bear. My cousin and I both went straight up to her and gave her a big bear hug. The other person was dressed as a soldier; they were such good costumes!
We entered through the doors and all we could say was “wow!” The first thing I saw was stacks upon stacks of cuddly toys! There was a man standing on a stool with a simple plastic toy aeroplane, that when you pushed way, this one would always come back to you, even if he dropped it. It was truly amazing! When we walked to the back of the store, we saw a life-size cuddly baby elephant. It would be quite challenging to fit into my bed at night! There was a stag and a camel too. That was even bigger!
Mummy suggested that we start at the top. We made our way up all the escalators. When we reached the top it was awesome! There was a life size Lego model of the royal family, with Kate in her wedding dress and Princes William and Harry in their uniforms. As we looked round the corner we saw The Queen herself on her throne all made of Lego and, of course, her corgi. There was even a Lego making of the crown in a glass case!
As we went to find my uncle, suddenly someone snuck up behind my cousin and I. We turned around and there was a member of staff with a silly mask and it made me jump so much! We both jumped, however my brother found it very funny. He showed us these really cool magic pens. They were able to change colour the more you shade in and made it possible to look as if you are drawing 3D shapes. You might even use this special pump to spray the colour! They really magic pens!
Next, it was off to the milkshake café. You are given the choice to have anything you wanted in your milkshake, from galaxy chocolate bar to marshmallow, and I tell you they were delicious!
On the next floor down, there were really cool things for the boys, such as a toy car that were able to be driven up walls and even a giant power ranger made out of little power rangers. How cool is that?
Another floor down, and we came to a very girly floor, which had hair curling tongs that you could test out on a wig, a whole shelf full of tutus and little princess dresses! There was someone demonstrating this very cool toy. She had lights on her fingers. We looked everywhere however was unable to see where the light was coming from. She made it look like magic!
My cousin decided to buy a build- a- bear. She made a panda and called it Sparkle. Build-a-Bear gave us a goody Easter bag! I bought some “I love London” PJs for my koala at home. However the best thing about build-a-bear is its staff – they are extra helpful!
We passed so many exciting things. There was a toy race car track. There was even a man with a balloon and he put my head in it! I settled for some brilliant magic cards!
After that magical day, I realized that Hamley’s Toy Shop is one of the best shops in the world.
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