on April 3, 2006
Although I was aware of Harrod’s reputation as the palace of department stores and expected to find prices that were over my spending limit, I thought I would surely find at least one single item that I might consider worth its price for a souvenir. I didn’t. The main floor was nothing but a huge, crowded tourist gift shop. There were tons of trinkets monogrammed with Harrod’s logo, including many adorable Scottie dog (Harrod’s symbol) items, but I couldn’t even bring myself to pay the amount charged for a simple pencil ($12)! The rest of the store had very beautiful decor and elegant merchandise, it’s true, but I’ve seen just as nice or nicer. The food halls were extraordinary, especially the huge chocolate section.My favorite part of Harrod’s was the Egyptian Escalator (the owner of Harrod’s is from Egypt). Lined with hieroglyphic balconies, ornate sconces, and papyrus-plant lamps, I was dazzled by its sculpted bronze details and its surrounding marble floors. Riding on it made me feel like I had stepped into a heavenly realm.Nevertheless, I would not consider Harrod’s a must-see, especially if you have limited time. If you do decide to check it out, be sure to pick up a copy of their free Store Guide to help orient yourself.
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