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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Toy Kingdom at Harrods: Out The Toy(Box)

Who Loves Toy Stores!?! 

When I was a kid, I couldn't get enough. You put one foot inside and your eyes go bazonkers (is that a word? NOT! hahaha).

My grandfather would treat me to a new toy every now & then and I would drag him up & down every aisle, trying to decide which toy out of thousands I wanted. HaHaHa The torture! But enough of me and my childhood toy story!

On Saturday the14th of July, Harrods of London re-vamped and re-opened their Toy Kingdom. I wonder if this has anything to do with the Olympics? Hmmmm. HaHaHa Parents, hold onto your pocket-books and your sanity. It's a 26,000 square foot, busting at the seams, jam-packed, toy emporium located on the fourth floor of Harrod's Department Store.

It features SIX worlds (remember it IS a kingdom... HaHaHa) and boy are they something. They're listed below and attached are the descriptions from the Harrod's website. I think Harrods should've added a SEVENTH world, just for parents to escape. HaHaHa I can only imagine this place on a Saturday. Enjoy!

The Big Top 
A fairground of circus acts and candy floss, with magicians and jugglers on stage surrounded by fancy dress costumes, doll houses and soft toys.


The Candy Store 
A curious chocolate counter displaying a bizarre array of chocolate fancies and flavours, alongside Papa Bubble who makes flavoursome candy concoctions to order throughout the day. 


The Enchanted Forest 
Fairies whisper from tree trunks, while wigwams on the forest floor house the latest collections from Sylvanian Families and Flutter Fairies, alongside arts and crafts.


Wonderland 
A colourful 'Grand Canyon' of Harrods' most exclusive and jaw-dropping toys (presided over by a giant dragon) is filled with Hornby train sets, remote controlled helicopters and Scalextric.


The Odyssey 
A gigantic space rocket crashes through the floor and a huge sun bursts through the wall in front of an Area 51 inspired space and gadget zone, complete with alien space pods and limited-edition pieces. 


The Reading Room 
Choose from favourite children's stories at the rotunda of books, climb into one of the special cubby holes to hear famous voices reading extracts, have fun with electronic gaming pods and explore the world of Harry Potter.

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37 comments

  1. Oh my God…This is so so cool. Your blog totally rocks!!!
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    Miss Margaret Cruzemark
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  2. Their toy kingdom looks amazing! I'd love to visit it even as an adult :) The candy shop is calling my name!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  3. Oh my goodness I NEED to go there. I so wish I had a trip to London planned!!!

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  4. Oh my!!! I'd like to have some of those giant stuffed animals in my house! LOL xoxo

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  5. want to come back to Harrods right now with your pictures!!!
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    Laura
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  6. Aww I wish I could turn back time and be young again, imagine how fun it would be to explore this toy arena!! Amazing!

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  7. Such a great display. That photographer was very lucky to be there alone - knowing Harrods, the place must be packed by now. :) Wonderful to see all those toys and I am sure I'd probably act like a 5 year old if I was actually there (to my husband's embarassement... ;) )
    Have a great day, Kim! xxx

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  8. I would love to go there... I am enough of a kid to spend hours in there... Ha!!!

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  9. wow... i would love to escape here for the day. Its like my own dream world! that has to be so fun for kids!!
    xo
    MOSAMUSE

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  10. Wow that looks SO fun! If I was a kid still that would've been my heaven, It looks totally great! <3
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  11. Those stores are paradise for children!
    xxx
    Miss Starshiny

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  12. Wow, this is totally amazing! I can't imagine being a kid and seeing it, my head would explode from all the goodness. Love the looks of the big top room, giant stuffed animals and doll houses were my absolute favorite growing up!

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  13. Oh my god, I had no idea it was so fabulous! Would it be wrong to go to London just to see the dollhouses at Harrod's?! Thanks for sharing! I'm off to see if they have dollhouses on their website!
    --Vivienne

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  14. I was been there eight months agpo on the christmas time and all was magic!!!
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  15. I want to live there. I can live off candy and tea parties. All of the stuffed animals would be invited. I could spend my days reading and furnishing the dollhouses. I would never ever leave.

    *Erin

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  16. I went there six years ago but man is this even better!

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  17. Wow, this is awesome - I love the giant stuffed zoo animals! ;-)

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  18. What a wonderful store! I used to drag my parents/grandparents up and down the toy store aisles too haha.

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  19. Kim,

    I love this!! I want to go the candy room of course is calling my name and the reading room I would never want to leave!!

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  20. *raises hand* I totally love toy stores to this very day. Toy Kingdom is right up my alley. Hubby and I like to visit FAO Schwarz and just play sometimes :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  21. Hello miss fabulous and sweet Kim -I know I have been so lazy with blogging lately let alone commenting. I have been to toy stores/department more often than I want to since I have a child but this toy store looks like a wonderland which makes me to want to explore. ToyRUS - I think it is about time for them to renovate and add soem imagination!!

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  22. You got so many great photos Kim and i love the candy ones especially. Your description is so cute too about going to toy stores as a kid.

    xoDale
    http://www.savvyspice.com/

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  23. Looking at this post I feel like I've missed something from my childhood! haha. I always ever saw large toy stores like this in the movies since here in NZ we have NOTHING like it -_- Geeked out a bit seeing all those Potter references! ha. Hope you've been well hun, seems like its been a while =(

    Eeli xx

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  25. I don't think I will ever stop loving this kind of stuff!

    -Jacqueline

    www.jenesaisquoifashion.blogspot.com

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  26. omg all these are bad a** wow im in amazement where do you find this stuff?!!! thanks for sharing made me smile and want candy lol

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  27. Great pics! I gave this floor a miss when I was in Harrods last week but now I kinda regret it! xo

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  28. Magical place!

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  29. Oh wow it looks amazing! Harrods is such a huge store, we couldn't find the toy section when we were last there. Will need to be sure to visit it next time! :)

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  30. This looks like heaven! Take me there now! :)

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  31. hi

    great blog! One of the best things about the new toy kingdom is that custom-designed sounds have been created for each area, so it's a really multi-sensory experience - make sure you listen out for the fairy voices when you visit!

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  32. this looks amazing. it reminds me of what i always imagined FAO schwartz to be like as a kid. this is an awesome movie like place!

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  33. I would LURVE to visit the toy department at Harrods! Can you believe that I went to Harrods just for the high tea and did not have time to visit the mall coz it was the Xmas season and the mall closes early? With this revamp, it would sure attract loads of patrons.

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  34. Marvelous...I do love Harrods..such fun to be had here for any age, although they tend to get over crowded and stuffy, but I would have fun anyways :)))) x

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  35. Wow! This looks awesome! A friend of mine was there and said there Odyssey was her favorite part! Especially because there was a Big Ben shaped out of NanoDots (sp?).

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