Having a birthday party, a child-friendly wedding or another special event? Lewisham Toy Library can help! We provide a party hire and soft play hire service for people living across the Borough of Lewisham. Our party hire service is low cost, with discounted rates for Lewisham Toy Library members.

We have soft play, large toys such as Toss the beanbagBalance board, Giant Jenga, Giant Four in Row and Hula hoops available for hire. Consider hiring out some of our larger toys including trampolines and tents – perfect for a kids party. We can also provide childrens tables and chairs upon request. Simply pop in store or call us to reserve the items in time for your big day.

You will need to collect the items from the store. Terms and conditions of hire apply.

“Hiring from the toy library made my sons birthday so much easier to organise. The items were great condition and the kids had an amazing day. I was so delighted to find out about this service and will be telling all my local friends!”

Member of the toy library

Party hire charges

Our party hire charges are outlined below. Hiring period is for 1 week (5 days) rental. You can choose to rent your party hire from Friday to Tuesday OR Saturday to Wednesday. Hire is collection only from our store in Lewisham Shopping centre. Items can be reserved in advance by contacting us via email, phone or in-store. 

Soft Play

£30pw (+£30 refundable deposit) for members
£50pw (+£50 refundable deposit) for non members

Large Party Hire Toys

£10 each for members (+£10 deposit if not hiring soft play as well)
£15 each for non members (+£15 deposit if not hiring soft play as well)

Medium Party Hire Toys

£3 each for members
£5 each for non members

Individual toys from regular toy stock

£0 for members - this is part of your membership
Not available to non members

Items available to hire

Soft play

Bubble machine

Wooden Foldable Bean bag Toss

Tag game with vest and balls

Large dart game


8 PCS Kids Stepping Stones Balance Beam

2 in 1 Trampoline for Toddlers


Play Tent with Tunnel

Soft Play

Soft Play

Soft play blocks

Play tent


Ball pit

Terms and Conditions of party hire

Party hire is subject to our terms and conditions which can be found here.

How long can I hire items for?

The hiring period is 1 week (5 days) rental: Friday to Tuesday OR Saturday to Wednesday.

*This is so we can process it, clean it and re-loan it during our opening hours and days. 

Why do I have to pay a deposit?

We charge deposits for our party hire to cover any loss or damages incurred during the hiring period. We provide a full refund of the deposit when the item is returned. Deposits can be paid virtually via payment link or in-store using card or cash payment.

Please note that we do charge a higher deposit for non-members.

We are happy to discuss the deposit if you are in financial difficulty or in receipt of any benefits, and the decision is entirely at the discretion of the librarian.

What is the cancellation policy?

  • You can cancel your hire up to 1 week before your collection date – via email/phone/online. Once confirmed you will get the full cost and deposit back via the original payment method. 
  • If you cancel with more than 24 hours notice but less than 1 week notice of the collection date you will receive the full cost of the hire back but we will retain your deposit and this will not be refunded. 
  • If you cancel with less than 24 hours of the collection date we will be unable to refund the hire cost or the deposit.
  • If you do need to cancel but wish to reschedule your booking we may be able to accommodate this up to 24 hours before the collection date, but it is subject to availability. If an alternative date can be found then you will not lose your deposit and the hire charges will rollover to the new date. 

*All the above is at the discretion of the librarian as we do appreciate sometimes unforeseen circumstances can occur. 

When do I need to return the party hire?

Party hire should be returned by the agreed return date, as agreed with the librarian at the time of booking.

  • Items returned late will incur a £10 per day late fee for the whole party hire, and you may risk losing your deposit

Please return party hire in the same condition it was hired to you.