The Toy Shop
May 11, 2018
Putney’s The Toy Shop is a bright, colourful space. With its chequered walls and vibrant tiles, it’s a little bit like walking into a huge board game. It’s a spacious, high-ceilinged venue, divided into two floors, with a smaller bar area upstairs. The emphasis in both the design and the drinks is on fun, on appealing to your inner child. It certainly offers something to denizens of Putney. The inner child theme is continued in the drinks list. Cocktails are novel and inventive in presentation, despite their sometimes silly names. Newton’s Cradle Old Fashioned Tipple is one of the more simple drinks on the menu. A variant on the classic cocktail, it’s strong, warming and malty. On the opposite end of the scale the Clubland a la Polly Pocket is a real experience. It comes with an ice-filled bowl in to which you pour the pretty ingredients along with a sachet of popping candy. It’s a fun, playful idea and a real talking point. The Professor’s Negroni is made with a large frozen nectarine sphere and comes with a pipette of bitters to flavour your drink as you wish. On the food front, there are big sharing-style plates, or individual ß-earthß- or ß-turfß- options. Their crepes are delicious, and the pulled pork on brioche was another highpoint. Sure it sometimes crosses the line into kitsch but the Toy Shop is a good place to hang out with a group of friends. Some of what it does is childish and silly but that’s part of the point; it’s a place for fun times and unwinding and on these terms there’s nowhere else in London quite like it.
Main photo credits: Toy Shop official Instagram page