Harrods is a huge and very famous department store in the Knighstbridge area of London. I can remember going here as a child and my parents buying me a small toy just so we could get the coveted Harrods green bag with the gold name!
It has everything from designer clothes and toys to an AMAZING food hall. It is as much a tourist attraction as a shop though.
What to pay Probably quite a lot for most things! Not the place to shop if you are on a budget
Travelling with women, three "monuments" are mandatory in London - Oxford street, Marks and Spencer and Harrods.
I visited all of them (of course!) but my favorite is this one - beautiful, with nice collections, but... expensive, shortening the time (and cost) of the visit.
Very good, indeed!
Who never heard about Harrod's? This Large Department store is purpotedly the Largest Department Store in Europe with a total retail area of 90,000 Square Meters and is divided into 330 departments selling anything from Perfumes, Fashion, Leather Goods, Luxe Foods and a lot more and at Outrageous Prices to boot. You would harly find local British People Shopping here as the market of Harrod's are the upscale Tourists and a few Rich Locals who savor the Luxe Life.
Harrod's was founded in 1825 albeit in a different location in Southwark and they moved into Bromptom Road in 1851. Thos Iconic Institution was formerly owned by Billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed and was sold in 2010 to the Quatar Government, which currently owns it. At Present this seven story building is one of the main attractions going to London for most people (but mainly to window shop) and some of the Outlets inside are attractions in their own right like the Food Hall and the Princess Diana-Dodi Fayed Memorial. If you actually willing to shop here, then prepare to lose an arm and a leg.
Monday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday 11:30 am – 6:00 pm
What to buy all the items that they sell here are all Branded, either made by Harrod's own house brand or by famous International Brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes', YSL, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Giorgio Armani, Versace and a lot more fashion brands and fashion houses are represented here and don't forget the luxe foods galore in the Food Hall which are excellent and with prices through the roof.
What to pay maxxed out your platinum credit card
This will be my tips and pictures on the Harrod's Food Hall which is an attraction it itself. I will have a separate tip for the Harrod's Department Store.
Food Hall is different from a food court wherein a food court is the section in a mall where fast food outlets and restaurants are located while a food hall is where the food section with restaurant and food outlets are located in a department store. Harrod's food hall is an attraction in itself and is located in the middle section of the Ground Floor of the Department store of which many people, mostly tourists like us go and take a look and even eat at the place. Harrod's Food Hall has both In house (like Harrod's Oyster Bar, Tapas Bar, Seafood Bar, Steakhouse, etc) and International Franchise Restaurants in it and there are several section where you can buy assorted food items like fresh cuts of meat from around the world, fresh seafood items again from around the world, assorted candies and confectionaries like the french macaroon Laduree Brand, assorted Cakes and a lot more. Tho motif here is Victorian and the design is luxe and the prices are sky high.
Opens: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday
What to buy you can buy practically anything found around the world here from fresh seafoods, sushi, assorted cuts of meat and poultry (american angus beef, australian wagyu, japanese kobe beef, scottish beef, etc), different kinds of caviar and a lot more and with sky high prices (hey this is a luxe store after all)
What to pay an arm and a leg
Known as one of the world's premier store for high end items ….Harrods is a store that isn't for everyone … pricey isn't the word here …. it's out of control prices !!!!!
It is fun to walk in and just browse though … the bottom floors have the food sections and fine wines and places to eat … I always enjoy walking around and seeing 20,000 pound bottle of wines and liquors !!!!!
If your in Knightbridge and have some time walk in and browse .. well worth it ...
Harrods is the largest department store in Europe, and their motto is "Omnia Omnibus Ubique" or "All Things for All People, Everywhere." I'd heard that it was just a place for tourists, but we wanted to visit anyways, and it really is impressive.
We got there a little early, or before it opened, so we decided to walk around and look at the window displays, which when we went were mostly Great Gatsby or 1920's-themed, which was definitely cool to see. It was also a bit of a walk around it since the store is so big!
We checked out the Food Halls and went on the Egyptian Escalator, then did a little bit of clothes and jewelry window-shopping. We also found a gift store with tons of Harrods souvenirs, from little bears to the iconic green bags that we saw a few people carrying around London. Almost everything there was too expensive for us to buy, but we all got some very delicious cupcakes so we could say we had "shopped" at Harrods.
What to buy Anything you can think of--they probably have it! I would definitely check out the Food Halls, and I can say firsthand that the cupcakes are worth the $5 USD they cost. :)
What to pay A lot! It's quite an upscale department store.
Touted as the best and largest store in the world, Harrod's isn’t your basic department store. It is quite overpriced, and overcrowded no matter when you visit. Its more of a tourist attraction in itself and deserves a few hours of perusing. My favorite departments are the food courts, the beauty and accessory department, the pet shop and the travel departments as well as the Arcade with its signature teddies, bags, and other great items.
I always make it a point to stop by and pick up a few things especially some of their signature bags which I love to give as presents (I have a few myself). Their food courts are amazing, just browsing their different departments of delicious goodies like their seafood department or their cheese department.
I love browsing their accessories department as I have found some really unique although pricey costume jewelry.
What to buy During my most recent trip I purchased a few of the signature bags for some friends, Harrod’s teddy for my grandson and some Harrod’s Tea for a co-worker.
What to pay Expensive
The Egyptian Room of Harrod's is another which should not be missed. It has a scaled-down Sphinx and Rosetta Stone replica. It's a wonderful experience riding the Egyptian Escalator located in the centre of the store. I just rode it to see what there was to see, and this was the story of the Valley of the Kings.
Very well done!
I just had to go to Harrods, not really to buy anything, but to see the Store I had heard so much about.
I had been told by another VT'er, to visit the food hall, which is what I did. Well, I have never seen such a wonderful food hall, it was amazing! We were there on opening time, so the staff were still busy doing finishing touches to their departments. They looked lovely in their crisp uniforms, including a Boater hat.
I couldn't get over the decorations, do make sure you have a look at the ceiling and the lights, just wonderful!
I would say its a MUST SEE
Well, I'm certainly aware that I'm not the first person to write a tip on Harrods but I can't help it. It's just way too much fun. I mean the food halls alone are reason to go! Interestingly I didn't run into a single English salesperson which is kind of bizarre when you think about it. Anyway, I just couldn't get enough of this store--fun and alive and...OK, I have one complaint. That "tribute" to Dodi and Diana is the tackiest thing I've ever seen in my life. It makes them look like a Vegas comedy team or lion tamers or something. And it's cheap looking--like a plastic wedding cake top. The fact that it's situated in that monstrosity known as "The Egyptian Escalator" doesn't do it any favors, either. That aside, it's still a lovely, wonderful, fun place!
What to buy Food, food, and more food.
What to pay The food isn't cheap but it's all pretty much worth it.
Last visit July 2011
Harrod's is the most famous department store in the world, even on my first journey to London back in 1988 I had heard of it and made a point to stop by just to look as I certainly couldn't afford to shop there back then!
I didn't make it back to Harrod's until 2005, I'm not much of a shopper and even less so when I get hit with abysmal exchange rates. But we had some time to kill before dinner on our first day in London and we were in the vicinity so we popped in. I imagine I was impressed on my first visit, my first time out of North America, but on my 2nd visit I think amused was a better word. Gaudy doesn't begin to describe the elaborate Egyptian themed interior, ride the escalators up for the full effect. And I was pretty much speechless after seeing the tacky display devoted to Di and Dodi, the wine glass they sipped from the night of their deaths and the engagement ring.
The connection to Di and Dodi, of course, is that the current owner of Harrod's, is Dodi's father. But there was a man named Charles Harrod back when the department store was founded in 1834, he moved the store to the current site in Knightsbridge in 1849.
But oh, was I impressed by the food hall, even if you don't intend to buy anything, go take a look, it's just a heavenly place to be! And I dare you not to come out with anything in hand, for me it was a very small sampling of Neuhaus Belgian chocolates.
What to buy Well, I had to buy something from Harrod's to get one of those distinctive green bags with Harrod's written on it, didn't I? So I bought a couple of cute Christmas ornaments, bears with Harrod's written on their feet, and Harrod's stuffed bears for a couple of my friends that just had babies. If the pounds had been dollars the amount would have been palatable so I just ignored the exchange rate and didn't look to see what my extravagance cost me when I got home.
What to pay A lot!
Harrod's was started in 1849 by Henry Charles Harrod, although the present building was opened in 1905. It is one of the world's largest and most famous department stores with a reputation for quality and service, but it seems to be the service that sets it apart. There is a gift concierge to help you find the perfect gift, experts to help you with your finances, your wedding, and in every department of the store. You can even hire your own private shopper. It's said that if you can't find it at Harrod's they will find it for you.
Children (and some adults too) will love the huge toy department. The beautifully tiled food halls are amazing and you can find just about anything here. There are no less than 8 places to eat (including a Krispy Kreme donuts) from a pizzeria to a pub to a rotisserie.
Even if you don't buy anything, it's still worth a visit. The store's January sales are a big event so be ready to shop then.
If you're at Kesington Palace/Gardens, it's an easy walk to Harrod's.
Opening hours (including Bank Holidays):
Monday to Saturday 10am - 8pm
Sunday 11.30am* - 6pm
Summer Late Night Opening:
Saturday 18 June** to Saturday 30 July: Monday to Saturday: 10am - 9pm