Harrods London department store is famous all over the world. It is situated in the most prestigious part of London, at Brompton Road, in Knightsbridge and is one of the largest and most upmarket department store in Europe, covering an area of twenty thousand meters with a little above one million square feet of built up area. It has a little over 330 departments selling every conceivable products and services. This makes it the largest store in European Union. Harrods is famous for it’s mind blowing in store decoration, window display and the variety of choices of products .
Harrods department store has an interesting history. It has a very humble beginning and started as an ordinary draper’s business in Southwark by Charles Henry Harrods in 1824. Soon afterwards it started its upward journey as an up market department store during nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The present building was designed by the architect Charles William Stephens and is famous for its iconic features throughout the world. The stores changed hands many times; finally after a terrorist attack by the IRA, which killed six people outside the store, it was bought by Fayed brothers. The store was finally sold to Qatar Holdings the present owners. After this brief look at the historical background of the Knightsbridge store one needs to take a look at the services and products offered in this well known store.
Three hundred and thirty department stores, situated in Harrods, sell every conceivable products and services. The stores offer clothes for men, women, children, teens, and babies, from designer wear to ordinary apparels, famous and not so famous electronic goods. It has shops that sell all types and kinds of jewelry items, expensive and affordable . There are shops selling all types of accessories, classic, elegant or funky. There are stores selling bridal gowns and trousseau items, makeup and beauty products, and places where one can shop for heavy furniture and home appliances. A good collection of books in many languages are also available along with designer and common stationery items. Numerous services, along with restaurants, fast food joints and spas are situated at Harrods.
The services offered under one roof are mind blowing , it includes SPA and beauty parlors, tailor shops, services to repair watches, pharmacy selling medicine, and even barber shops, if one needs that essential hair cut. There are thirty two restaurants, eateries and popular food joints, selling haute cuisine, gourmet food, ordinary pub meal or simply junk food. There is food here to please all tastes and to cater to the customers from all over the world who throng Harrods every day.
It is estimated that nearly thirty thousand people from all over the world come to the store on peak days. The overseas customers usually visit Harrods at least once to soak in the sights and sounds of this famous store. Nearly five thousand employees, from different countries work in Harrods and serve the oversea as well as the domestic customers.
There are some interesting fact about Harrods, it used to have a dress code for the visitors . Nowadays, you are not expected to dress smart for shopping, however, backpack is not allowed to enter the store, a trick you can do is just to remove your backpack from the shoulder when entering the store , then it will be fine.
There are two memorials been erected in the store for late Princess Diana and Al-Frayed’s son Dodi Al-Fayed. Ones is located at the base of the Egyptian Escalator, the other is near the escalator of door three.
From the Airport
From Heathrow airport take Piccadilly line to Knightsbridge.
Knightsbridge, on the Piccadilly line
Apart from the luxury brands, it is worth visiting the food hall, Harrod’s tea is worth trying, also great for souvenir.
Address: 87-135 Brompton Rd, London SW1X 7XL
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