Harrods the temple of shopping in London

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With its 90 m000 of shelving and its 2 floors in the heart of the very chic district of Knightsbridge, Harrods is the largest department store in Great Britain and one of the largest in the world! Just like the store Liberty located in Regent Street, a shopping spree at Harrods is one of the great classics!



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A brief history of the Harrods store

Established in 1849 by Charles Henry Harrod, the store sold mainly tea and groceries during the era. The store was owned by the Al Fayet family from 1985 to 2010 and then sold to the state of Quatar.

What do we see at Harrods?

Much more than just a store, Harrods is an architectural curiosity both inside and out.

 


Its 1901 Edwardian-style terracotta facade is a real curiosity.



Inside, take a look at the Egyptian Hall, which occupies several floors over part of the store. The escalators are also in the same style with a very busy decoration: balconies, pillars decorated with hieroglyphics, statues ...

 

 

 

 

In the basement, the memorial dedicated to Lady di and Dodi Al Fayed where is a photo of the couple as well as the ring that Dodi gives to the princess the day before the drama. After so many years, the memorial still attracts so many people, the condolence book is still available.

What can you find at Harrods?

Although a must visit, Harrods can be impressive with its sales area and many services. In order to get your bearings, here are some of the main departments.


Ground floor: men's clothing and men's accessories, perfumery, beauty, women's leather goods without forgetting the halls which offer a wide variety of dishes.


1st floor: women's haute couture ready-to-wear, wedding dress, lingerie

2nd floor: bathroom items, dishes, luggage, Harrods souvenirs

3rd floor: interior decoration, technology, toys

4th course: maternity and sports clothing for women, children's clothing

5th floor: women's shoes, unisex sports item, swimwear

Where and what to eat at Harrods?

With its many restaurants, it's impossible to starve! It is possible to taste English, French, Italian, Arab and Oriental specialties.

Here are just a few:

Les Halles - Ground floor-

Les Halles offers a wide variety of take-away food, including delicious fresh sandwiches.

Tuscan cuisine of the Frescobaldi - Ground floor -

Lunch and dinner

Tuscan cuisine with a selection of Frescobaldi wines produced in their Tuscan and Friuli estates (also available in Harrods Wine Shop).

Ladurée - Ground floor -

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Parisian tea room which has a terrace in spring and summer.

The Champagne Bar - 1st floor -

Lunch and dinner

Champagne bar. Food / champagne pairings.

In-Q Café - 2nd Floor -

Coffee and pastry

Offers a selection of Quatari pastries, dates and coffee.

Godiva Cafe  - 2nd Floor -

Snacks and sweets

Chocolates, chocolate drinks and savory sandwiches.

The Georgian - 4th floor -

Lunch and tea room

Elegant setting and gourmet dishes. I recommend that you take a break there to taste their excellent tea accompanied by homemade scones and delicious pastries.

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