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by The Breeze
April 3, 2006
From journal I Love London!
February 5, 2006
From journal Springtime in London 2005
August 6, 2005
Well, who could argue with that?
From the moment we entered, Harrods was a frenetic collection of colors, sights, and sounds. The high ceilings with their beautiful chandeliers felt to me like they belonged more in a mansion or a palace than in a specialty mall, but they tipped me off to the name of the Harrods game: Luxury Shopping! From Furla purses to Versace shirts to high-end jewelry to expensive pastries in the bakery, Harrods has provided plenty of ways to spend those pounds since it first opened as a small, service-oriented store in London in 1849! Crowded with shoppers and all types of merchandise, this is a consumer's paradise. The guy we saw in a tux beautifully singing opera from a balcony overlooking the escalator would have seemed over-the-top anywhere else, but here? He just fit in with the mood of the place.
Whether or not you want to buy something, Harrods is worth visiting for the experience.
From journal Lads in London
Charlotte, North Carolina
May 26, 2005
Harrods got its start in 1849, when Charles Henry Harrods took over a small grocery stand. The business took off and continued to build and expand throughout the years. The ownership has changed many times over the years. Most recently, businessman Mohamed Al Fayed took over the reigns in 1985 and invested $400 million in revamping the place. The store was the first to have escalators and the first to offer telephone shopping. Today, Harrods is five stories and carries everything, such as clothes, food, electronics, toys, and ancient Egyptian artifacts! This is where author AA Mille first brought an original Winnie the Pooh bear for his son Christopher. The store offers such luxuries as a personal shopper, gift wrapping, and your own Harrods’s credit card. There are 26 restaurants.
We went here with my friend Nibla, a local. There is a Tube entrance right at Harrods. As soon as we got out of the entrance, it was pure chaos. We had come during Christmas shopping season! We were caught in the middle of a herd of people. I felt like I was in a whirlpool, being sucked in and turned every which way. We came in at the first floor and finally made it over to the food court. From here, we could see chefs preparing fresh meat. I love spiced oils, so I purchased several bottles and some spices and paid for my purchases. We intended to go on though the whole store. That idea was quickly thwarted. We emerged back into a shoving and madding crowd. None of us cared for that and decided to hit Krispy Kreme and go.
Now I can get Krispy Kreme all over the place and have no idea why I had to get some from Harrods. It seemed like a good idea at the time. We made our way to the doughnut shop and encounter a 45-minute wait. There would be no way I would wait 45 minutes here for a doughnut, but I stood in line. As I came near the display case, an employee was passing out samples, which happened to be a whole glazed doughnut, and asked if I had ever tried them. I told him I lived 45 minutes from Winston Salem, where they got their start, and considered Krispy Kreme a food group on its own. He gasped and made a dash for the manager. The manager came over, introduced himself, and gave me a doughnut. Sure enough, it was heavenly, just like home! They stared intently, waiting for my verdict. I think my drooling smile said it all. That dozen doughnuts cost me $15 and I was in line 45 minutes, but Krispy Kreme lovers know it is worth it!
From journal Lovely London in the Fall.
May 9, 2005
Harrod's has everything you could possibily need or want. You can buy a puppy, for goodness sake! I bought my dog a supper dish in the traditional Harrod's green and gold. You can buy things in U.S. dollars, which is good to know to keep up with your expenses. You can buy food, clothes, shoes, belts, bags, purses, puppies, Tiffany jewelry, bling-bling, tea pots, ANYTHING! The best part: Krispy Kreme donuts!
Take Piccadilly Line to Knightsbridge. Signs will be posted to guide to the correct exit.
Check out the pet store! The puppies are so cute and you get your own Fido a piece of the Harrod's tradition. And bring your platnium Visa!
Caveat: Never go shopping mid-day! Never, ever in London...NEVER! Everyone and their mom shops at this point in time. It is best to go early as soon as the shops open or during dinner time like right after rush hour traffic...around 6 or 7.
From journal London Calling
January 12, 2005
From journal Did they just say "last call"?!
March 24, 2004
I was most impressed by their offer to hold my packages until I was finished shopping and then I could pick them up at the door on the ground floor. Why are there not more department store in the States doing this? Harrod’s know what it takes to keep the clientele base happy.
Oh, and the tack shop on the seventh floor is fun, especially because I purchased a pair of riding chaps and gloves. I'm dying to go back. Also, do go see the Princess Diana memorial in the basement – it’s interesting and creepy at the same time.
From journal Honeymoon to Merry Ol' London
December 24, 2003
From journal Mind Yourself in London
Merritt Island, Florida
May 11, 2003
*I would love to have taken additional pictures, but they frown on photos being taken inside the building.
From journal Solo Trip to Jolly Ol' England
October 16, 2002
The area around Harrod's is full of upscale shops. Some of them are open on Sundays, but most are not.
The store is interesting to see, even if it is closed. It's enormous and very impressive. If you do get the chance, see it at night when all of the hundreds of lights on the facade are lit up.
From journal Highlights of London in One Day