About Hamleys

A dream fulfilled

In 1760, a Cornishman from Bodmin, England, William Hamley opened a toy shop in Holborn, London with the dream of making it ‘the best toy shop in the world!’. Little did he know that this was just the beginning of something very big.

Spreading the joy

Never in his wildest dreams would William Hamley have imagined how far and wide Hamleys would spread. Today, there are 170 Hamleys shops in over 18 countries, In India, The UK, UAE, China and South Africa that offer children an abundance of fine toys to choose from.

At Hamleys you can walk through the doors and enter a fun world of magic and theatre at the Finest Toy store in the World. Over the squeaking, bleeping, whizzing and chiming of toys, you’ll hear children laughing excitedly as they explore all the best toys and games.

 The toys may have changed over the years, but if he were here today, we’re sure William Hamley would recognise the same delight in the faces of customers if he guided you around the shop he dreamt of as a boy