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Crouch End's latest arrival

Looking for some last minute Christmas gifts for the tiny ones in your life? If you live in London, head to this divine new toy boutique in the nappy valley enclave that is N8. Eilidh Fraser and Katrine Camillo, the mums behind Crouch End’s newest arrival, have made it their mission to provide stock you won’t fine everywhere else. Their artfully-arranged shop is a giant magnet for all ages. When CLB visited, Miss Evie and Little Lola made a beeline for the tubular yellow slide at the back of the shop and proceeded to throw themselves down it while we browsed through old-fashioned spinning tops and mini wind-up toys. The central table contains a kaleidoscopic array of tiny traditional toys like magnetic dancers and sausage dog pens (brilliant party bag fodder) while the rails either side contain whimsical, hard-to-get kids brands such as Elfie, a delightful London label specialising in ethereal velvet dresses and old-fashioned corduroy coats. Little or large, you’ll want to return again and again.

5 Topsfield Parade, N8 8PR. 208 347 4333, Open Mon-Fri 9.15am to 6pm, Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun 11am to 5pm.

Check out that awesome slide!

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