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Ottie and the Bea

About Ottie and the Bea

Julia Marsen established Ottie and the Bea in 2010 and can now be found in the lovely market town of Framlingham in sunny Suffolk. Julia carefully selects all the toys, books and treasure that she stocks and believes in the essential role of play and stories in all our lives and this belief is at the very heart of her business.

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From the founder

Playing and having fun is a very serious matter, no matter what age you are.


Ottie and the Bea's Adventure

Welcome to Ottie and the Bea - purveyors of stories and playfulness. We're an independent children's shop, first established in Blackheath, South East London, in 2010 . The shop was established by Julia and is named after her two daughters. Ottie and the Bea offers a curated selection of toys, books, gifts, party supplies and tableware - all of which is hand selected by Julia. Everything in the shop is centred around Julia's passion for imaginative play, creativity and stories all of which she believes are key to childhood. We are very proud to have been awarded Love London Time Out Awards, and we are proud holders of a good practice award from 'Let Toys Be Toys' which we have held from 2016 to date! At the start of 2018 Ottie and the Bea was awarded the Independent Retailer Award at the inaugural Royal Greenwich Business Awards. We have now moved Ottie and the Bea to Framlingham in sunny Suffolk. Do come and visit us! Trusted Site