Harrods is London’s most famous department store. Located on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, it is very close to Hyde Park. In a luxury shopping destination, you'll find exclusive collections, top-notch restaurants, and outstanding customer service.
The store was built 160 years ago; today it has 330 departments spread across seven floors. It has everything imaginable from technology, homeware, fashion, and food to other top-quality products. It's your one-stop shop for all your home, personal, professional, travel, etc. needs. It also has 27 restaurants and other services such as personal shoppers, an urban retreat spa, tax rewards, and a gift concierge. The store is simply out of this world.
With its motto in Latin “Omnia Omnibus Ubique" which translates into “All Things For All People, Everywhere,” it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Harrods covers nearly every type of product and designer brand imaginable.
The Harrods store is proud to have always been leading the way in terms of technology and innovation, even from its earliest days. As far back as 1898, visitors were amazed when one of the very first escalators in the world was unveiled at the store. The Egyptian Escalator is pretty much in the middle of the store, and it connects 7 floors. Numerous columns, wall reliefs, and sculptures in Egyptian style can be seen along the escalator.
Harrods offers extravagant decoration with statues, fountains, and halls adorned with different motifs. One of the most surprisingly decorated floors is the Egyptian hall.
The store showcases the finest products in food, fashion, homeware, and technology. Shop till you drop for top international brands, such as Valentino, Prada, and Dior, or browse Salon du Parfums, which houses the finest fragrances exclusive to Harrods.
The Harrods was the first store of its kind to sell exotic animals such as panthers, tigers, lions, and alligators. Pets could be purchased in Harrods until as recently as 2014. A zoo was also opened in-store that began with goats and chickens but eventually grew to include exotic animals.
There is a whole new world for children and lovers of imaginatively designed sceneries as they will encounter a wide range of new modern toys from recognized brands as well as classic offers like the Harrods teddy bear and the famous Winnie, The Pooh.
For all those who have a fetish for shoes, this is the right place to explore. This enormous shoe heaven offers more than 100,000 pairs of luxury footwear made by more than 55 exclusive designers. Some of the top brands that can be purchased here include Aquazzura, Jimmy Choo, and Valentino.
The store boasts the finest jewellery from famous brands such as Tiffany and Cartier. The brilliant and high-class jewellery will make every woman skip a heartbeat and be mesmerized.
During the holiday season, Harrods is transformed into a wintery wonderland, with its Brompton Road windows decorated in a delightful Christmas theme, and customers can also visit Father Christmas at its annual Christmas Grotto area.
Not only does Harrods offers luxury shopping facilities, but it also has no less than 21 different eateries catering to every taste. Discerning diners can indulge in steak, Middle Eastern cuisine, sushi, oysters, champagne, and ice cream as well as that epitome of British good taste – the afternoon tea.
The Food Halls on the ground floor is the most popular departments at Harrods. A wide range of fine delicacies is offered in 4 huge halls. The presentation and the choice of different meals and foods are of the finest sort only.
There are restaurants of different country cuisines like the famous British restaurants: “Gordon Ramsay Burger, ‘The Grill’, etc. Other restaurants are the Pan – Asian, European, and Middle Eastern restaurants.
The Harrods Gift Shop is a good place to buy souvenirs on your London trip. Especially, the tea boxes and the cookie boxes from their brand are very popular. One can also indulge in personalized stationery, celebrity signed sports memorabilia, one-of-a-kind pens from the likes of Mont Blanc, and much more than one can imagine.
Harrods hosts a variety of events throughout the year, ranging from the Leica Akademie for a behind-the-scenes photography event, wine events, children’s workshops, and much more.
The Harrods Department Store is a one-stop destination for those who want to make shopping a lifetime memory and an experience to cherish. Catering to the needs of both young and old, it’s a heaven for shopping lovers. A must-visit if you are in London.