Member Rating 2 out of 5 by vampirefan on May 26, 2005

Harrods is not just a department store, it is an institution. Just about everyone who comes to London has to come to Harrods. Now getting here is easier said than done.

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!

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