There is only one Harrods and it is certainly worth a visit if you are in need of some retail therapy. Mind you it's not cheap and so you'd better buy wisely.
Good fun to take a walk around even if you do only come out with a Harrods bag.
First established in 1834 by Charles Henry Harrod as a wholesale grocery store, Harrods moved to its current location in Knightsbridge in 1849. Within a couple of decades, Harrods had expanded into a department store for a wide variety of products, housed in multiple adjacent buildings. A fire in 1883 burnt these buildings to the ground, but Harrods subsequently proceeded to construct the edifice it still occupies to this day. The beautiful design was the work of the architect Charles William Stephens. In 1985, Harrods was sold to the Egyptian Al Fayed brothers, the wealthy Egyptian businessmen who have continued to run the business until 2010. Finally, in May 2010, the press announced the sale of Harrods to the Qatari royal family. Despite foreign ownership, Harrods has always been synonymous with London and with ultimate luxury, thus a visit to Harrods is obligatory when in London, whether or not one's pockets are deep enough to make a purchase.
Harrods is perhaps London's most famous store. Worth a look at Christmas time especially for the magical window displays (window shopping is all I can afford here). I was in London for the day a few weeks before Christmas so had a walk around Harrods and was very impressed with the Wizard of Oz theme they had in the windows. Beautiful (see my photos) They even had giant sparkly feet sticking out of the side of the building!!
What to buy: What to buy would depend on your budget. I went with the intention of buying my boyfriend a little box of chocolates with the Harrods logo on (how very touristy of me!) but I nearly fainted when I saw that a box that in any other shop would probably cost you a fiver was £30 here!
If you're a tourist its probably nice to get a Harrods logo teddy, but if you live on the doorstep of London (or are skint like me) then just pick up a store guide - nice free souvenir!
What to pay: An average sized box of chocolates costs £30. Ouch!
Much have been said for Harrods. The great department store is a place where even if you are not intended to buy anything is always worth a visit.
What to buy: Everything is on display for selling, from kickshaws to souvenirs, from furnitures to clothing , and so on. All luxury brands, imported or local, are available.
What to pay: You can pay a very high price but if you are on a budget you find something which meets your ideal cheap price, just to let you bring something back home, may it be an unusual souvenir?
Harrods was established in 1834 in London’s East End, when founder Charles Henry Harrod set up a wholesale grocery in Stepney with a special interest in tea. In 1849, to escape the filth of the inner city and to capitalise on trade to the Great Exhibition of 1851 in nearby Hyde Park, Harrod took over a small shop in the district of Knightsbridge, on the site of the current store. Beginning in a single room employing two assistants and a messenger boy, Harrod’s son Charles Digby Harrod built the business into a thriving retail operation selling medicines, perfumes, stationery, fruit, and vegetables. Harrods rapidly expanded, acquired the adjoining buildings, and employed one hundred people by 1880.
Harrods is now a household name in the UK. You can get practically anything that you need under one roof. Even if you don't intend to buy anything here, just simply browing around the world's most famous departmental store is an experience by itself.
What to buy: Designer clothes
What to pay: If you go during the summer sale at the end of June, you can get pretty good bargains of 50% off the usual price.
Harrods is the shop of dreams. If your dream may be bought then Harrods can get it for you. A pie in the sky, a skeleton in the cupboard, a white elephant - Harrods is the place to go.
Harrods is not in Oxford Street which is the busiest shopping street in London though, but no walk on London's shops would be complete without Harrods away from the very centre of London.
The store's 330 departments offer a wide range of products and services. On peak days more than 300,000 customers visit the store and the 28 restaurants, a watch repair service; a tailor; a dispensing pharmacy; a beauty spa and salon; a barbers shop.
What to buy: Everything what you need but rich people shop is not where I do my shopping!!! ( The owner of Harrods is Mohammed al Fayed! )
Products on offer include clothing for every sort of customer (women, men, children, and infants), electronics, jewellery, sporting gear, bridal trousseau, pet accessories, toys, food and drink, health and beauty items, packaged gifts, stationery, housewares, home appliances, furniture, and much more.
On the 3rd floor you can see and even play the Bechstein grand pianos.
What to pay: If you visit London Harrods is a must. Even if you do not belong to those wishing to spend an entire week-wages on one outfit, it is worth going to have a look around, it does not cost anything to stroll only.
You can buy ALMOST EVERYTHING but very expensive!!
Main Store: Monday to Saturday 10.00am – 8.00pm, Sunday 12.00pm – 6.00pm
Selected food halls: Monday to Saturday 9.00am -9.00pm, Sunday 12.00pm-6.00pm
Who dosn´n know what Harrods is?? But I must say that I´m not so impressed by Harrods that I tought I would be. It sure is a big Department store but there is so many sections that you get confused. I spent about 10 minutes finding a toilet in that maze and when I finaly find one toilet it was a "luxury" toilet with a man inside giving you paper towel and perfume so you must leave a tip to him, rubbish.
I´m not impressed by Harrods. There is a much better Department store on Oxford street (Selfridges) go there instead. Read about Selfridges in my Shopping tips.
What to pay: To much
People have been shopping here since 1849, although this Art Nouveau building was built in 1901.
For the average tourist this is more about the looking than the shopping, but there is an impressive food hall and almost 2 dozen different eating venues, including one featuring Krispy Kremes, direct from the U.S.
And of course you wouldn't want to miss the Dodi and Diana Memorial at the bottom of one of the escalator banks near the Egyptian inspired area.
I really enjoyed myself in this store. It was massive, and had several different restaurants. We enjoyed the Green Man Pub, which was a bit stuffy. We also had the best gelato I've ever had in my life at Morelli's Gelato. They made us go outside to eat it, as we paid take-away prices. But I don't care, the sorbetto was amazing!!!
What to buy: The food hall was amazing. But really expensive for some items. I bought French Strawberries 1 pt for $15 and raspberries for about $10. Neither was worth the price. Did get some great cheeses though for a good value. They also have a Hello Kitty shop in the toys section that I really liked.
What to pay: anything
Since the store first opened its doors in 1849, Harrods has always prided itself on a reputation for excellence, that nothing is too much trouble to our customers, and finding the finest-quality merchandise. But this is just part of the Harrods story. The store is much more than a shopping destination, more than just a splendid building. Its story is tied up in the people who have passed through its doors, worked here, written about it and added to its magnificent architecture.
I do not think that this store needs any introduction to anyone. Fantastic shop just out of reach for most normal travellers, but you can still go there and buy with your eyes. When they have there annual sale, you get fantastic bargains there, most stuff is 50% less and is then affordable.
Incredible shopping center, the sumum of the delicatese.
I saw a wodden table more expesive than my car!!! Oh my god, who can afford this furniture?? Does anybody know IKEA?
Interesting, go and watch, but DON´T TOUCH!! If you break something you are lost!!! You´ll be paying it for life!! ;-)
Well, it is very known and I discovered it is extremely expensive.
Do not expect Harrods to be a "place to shop"...For me it was a place for...admiring the merchandise cause I couldn't afford anything...Or I could, but I would instantly become bankrupt..haha
Go, stroll around and ..eat an expensive , but awesome ice cream @ Morelli's to sweeten up you shopping day @ Harrods :o)
What to buy: ...nothing...We bought some games for a 13 year old niece ...
What to pay: loads & loads
It's worth taking a walk through Harrod's. A landmark in itself with lots of goodies inside. Food displays that make you gain weight just looking, glazed pies, fresh cream chocs flown in from Belgium everyday, and pies with game you have never heard of. Excellent snacks and gifts throughout. Go to the pet shop for a good laugh. You better have a few pounds on you to go to the loo. Nothing is free at Harrod's
What to pay: Exhorborant prices.
Is the most famous and my favourite department store in all London, all your luxury shops you can do it here. I bought a plastic bag and a note pack, all together costed 18 pounds not bad to be in Harrods. I recomend visiting basement floor where you can find a memorial for Diana and Dodi and egiptian collection.
Monday to Saturday - 10am to 8pm
Sunday - 12 noon to 6pm
Selected Food Halls Open
Monday to Saturday - 9am to 9pm
Sunday - 12 noon to 6pm
Son los grandes almacenes mas famosos y mis favoritos en todo Londres, todo el lujo lo encontrarás allí. Me compré una bolsa de plastico y un block de notas, todo en total me costó unas 18 libras nada mal para ser en Harrods. Si bajas a la planta subterranea puedes ver el memorial dedicado a Diana y Dodi y la colección egipcia.