My Favourite Surrey Shops for Children’s Toys and Books

Best Childrens Shops SurreyThis year I’ve been making a conscious effort to do as much of my Christmas shopping as I can with small businesses, and I think I’ve probably managed it 75% of the time. Since ‘Small Business Saturday’ falls this weekend I wanted to share my favourite Surrey shops and online businesses for children’s toys and books with you today. I love discovering new shops and businesses, and I hope that you make some new discoveries too!

 Best Childrens Shops Surrey

Sarah and Bendrix

I recently had the pleasure of taking some photographs for the team at Sarah and Bendrix, and fell in love with the shop the minute I set foot inside. Based in Cheam, the business originally started by creating bespoke wedding and anniversary gifts, but now stock a much wider range of gifts including fabulous wooden toys, and lots of children’s books. They also run lots of wonderful workshops in the space at the back of the store.

After my shoot with Veronika and her team I started listing all of the things I wanted to order for Christmas, and was delighted when my order arrived yesterday. If you have the time to visit Cheam rather than shop online I do recommend it, as the shop is a beautiful place to browse and shop.

Sarah and Bendrix, 6 Upper Mulgrave Road, Cheam, Surrey

30112017 Best Childrens Shop SurreyLe Toy Van

Le Toy Van are not a shop, rather they make gorgeous wooden toys that you can buy at various retailers around the UK. Since they are based just around the corner from me in East Molesey I wanted to include them in this guide. Although we have a lot of plastic toys, I do love traditional wooden ones so Le Toy Van is right up my street. We have the lovely wooden doctors kit you see pictured, and I have my eye on this fabulous fire engine set too.

Best Childrens Shops Surrey

Lily and Fred

I first met Laura from Lily and Fred when she was helping to style a shoot I worked on this summer. She brought lots of gorgeous products from her online store, like the wooden blocks and gorgeous bunny that you see above. Since then I’ve spent (a lot!) of time looking at all of the lovely things she stocks – which includes clothes, books and keepsakes amongst others. I’ve ordered some lovely Christmas books from Laura this year and can’t wait to read them with my little one as Christmas approaches.

30112017 Best Childrens Shop Surrey

Books and Pieces

Books and Pieces are actually based in Leicestershire, but often exhibit and sell their books at the Baby and Toddler Show at Sandown. Amanda who runs the company is a mum who has made it her mission to sell well known books to families like hers at low prices, and runs an amazing 3 for £10 deal all year round. We are big Julia Donaldson fans, and Books and Pieces is now my go-to for Childrens books as so many of her books are in the 3 for £10 deal.


Over to You

Do you have some favourite Surrey childrens shops that I haven’t listed? I always love making new discoveries so please let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

Clare Murthy

Clare Murthy

I’m a newborn, baby and family photographer working with families from South West London and Surrey. I specialise in timeless, natural photography with no props or unnatural posing. I photograph babies at my studio, and families in beautiful outdoor locations. I'm based on the Surrey / London border, close to Hampton Court.
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