Playful by name, playful by nature – that’s the sole idea behind Putney’s cool, colourful late night bar, Toyshop. Nestled in the heart of the bustling, buzzy high street, this nostalgic setting gives a not-so-subtle nod to simplistic childhood memories with its vibrant interior, candy shop cocktails and foot-tapping tunes. Open seven days a week and until the early hours of the morning Thursday to Saturday, Toyshop brings a much-needed dash of colour to South West London’s nightlife scene. Its quirky concept and animated atmosphere makes for a fun, playful evening with an unflappable, adult twist.
From its eye-popping décor to its satisfyingly peculiar mismatched furnishings, Toyshop is a weirdly whimsical double-decker delight. Drawing on oldie but goodie influences, this spirited party bar is a labyrinth of indisputable eccentricity radically redefining Putney nights out. The fully heated outdoor Terrace Bar is perfect for all-year-round socialising and features an array of exotic foliage with even more eye-catching ornamentation. The essence of childhood doesn’t stop there, with Toyshop even ensuring a trip to the ladies’ is one to remember. The Barbie themed bathroom is decked out in candyfloss coloured tiles with more glittering sparkles than a day spent at Lovebox. Picture a scene straight out of Willy Wonka, and that’s pretty much what you can expect from an evening in Toyshop.
Music: Commercial, Chart, Pop, Hip Hop, Throwback
Dress Code: Smart/Casual
Train Station: Putney
Address: Toyshop, 32 Putney High Street, London, SW15 1SQ
So, where’s the catch, right? Does this cavern of colourful craziness sacrifice quality booze in favour of striking surroundings? Thankfully not. Regular happy hour offers mean tasty house beers and wines can be enjoyed on just a handful of loose change, with 2-for-1 cocktails guaranteeing a memorable night out that doesn’t break the bank. From toasted marshmallow topped tipples to blended rum thirst-quenchers, Toyshop’s creativity is certain to tantalise any and all taste buds. While the clever cocktail concoctions may mean it takes a little longer than average to be served, there’ll not be a hint of annoyance as your ears are treated to an eclectic mix of chart hits and old-school anthems. That’s right; seamlessly shuffle from MK to Spice Girls in one swift two-step.
The happy, hip ambience of Toyshop unsurprisingly appeals to SW London’s 20-something crowd, and with free admission every night, this party bar is just about cool enough to appease the city’s finest suited and booted, and is certainly silly enough to attract the younger mob in abundance. From date nights to hen parties, no two visits to Toyshop are the same. One evening you’ll be coolly sipping on a classic Cosmo, and the next you’ll somehow find yourself at the centre of Steve’s Stag Do ’16, forcing down Jägers and shamelessly dabbing to Drake. That’s the great thing about Toyshop – the diverse mix of club-goers means you’ll no longer give a damn whether you’re shoulder-to-shoulder with your own group or dancing-off with the next MJ. It all comes with the territory; and the sillier, the better in this case.
Now, it’s pretty hard to be serious when you’re slurping from an extravagantly shaped, castle cocktail sharer. But that’s exactly what’s so enjoyable about this vivacious venue - it’s not claiming to be anything other than what is really is. And that’s, plain and simple, a much-needed fun hangout miles from the stressful hustle and bustle of the city centre (but well worth the venture out). Leave your champagne flutes at the door, because at Toyshop it’s all about turning back the clock with tasty treats, Bric-a-Brac beakers and a classic ‘Hey Jude’ singalong to perfectly round off the night. Nar Nar, Nar, Nanna Nan-nar..