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Last minute shopping? Shop local at the best toy shops in North London

Sure, you can get everything you need for Christmas on Amazon (if you buy quickly), but the child in all of us still enjoys browsing around a toyshop. We bring you a round up of all the nicest toyshops in London. Not a big chain in sight. Here you will find a mix of classic and modern toys. We hope you will discover somewhere new and support a local business.

After Noah, Angel is a great place to browse and find an eclectic range of wooden toys, children's furniture, dressing up clothes, imaginative play toys and much more. If we were still children, we'd have loved to spend our pocket money here! Children could be amused for hours, parents could spend a lot of money. Any toys can be bought online and delivered for £4.99 if you don't find yourself on Upper Street ever

Cachao Toy Cafe, Primrose Hill. A toy shop and a delicious cafe - what's not to love? The cafe serves delicious sandwiches, breakfasts, crepes and smoothies and is a great place to do some people watching whilst the shop is well stocked with carefully selected toys to excite a child's imagination. Basically the antithesis to Toys R Us and a joy to shop in.

Lotus and Frog, Belsize Park is a real treasure trove of toys and a really great place to come to look for a present. It’s a fun place to shop and the staff are friendly and helpful.

Never Never Land, Muswell Hill is a tiny and unique shop selling a really great range of toys that are all lovingly selected. Some are handmade especially for the shop so you never know what you will find. There is a really great range of dollshouse furniture and other imaginative play toys. The shop is only open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Route 73, Stoke Newington is a really well stocked and fun shop with lots of things to look at for all ages. They have a very good range of classic toys, fancy dress and make believe play toys. We spent a long time here browsing and also quite a lot of money. Lovely.

Rubadubdub, Crouch End is one of my favourite shops as it is really well stocked with lots of great toys from Melissa and Doug, amongst others. There is also a good fun giraffe outside that children can ride for 50p a time, and my daughter has probably ridden on it more than the rest of the children in Crouch End put together!

Three Potato Four, Newington Green is really great for browing for toys and clothes. They have toys for all ages and you can also get your child's hair cut at the same time.

Last but certainly not least, we must mention the fantastic Olive Loves Alfie also in Stoke Newington, which is much more than a toy shop (it calls itself a family lifestyle store) but does sell a really good range of toys a little out of the ordinary and all well made. Because they also sell books, clothes and lovely baby room furnishings, you could probably get a lot of shopping done in one go - and all in great style.

These are our favourite toy shops. Did we miss yours? 
Do try to shop local in the last few days before Christmas or Chanukah. Shopping in one of these shops is so much nicer than a visit to a busy large store. You will get far better service and know that your money is going to support local businesses and keep our high streets unique.  

Happy Holidays!

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