Harrods... Richly Overrated

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by girlytraveler on April 2, 2007

Harrod's, I'd heard rumor before, is famous for guaranteeing its customers anything their little hearts desire. I'd heard that one person wanted an elephant, and well, Harrod's got it for him! I'm not sure how true it is, and I never really asked around about it, but the idea of seeing a store with that kind of opulence seemed like a nice treat for a budget traveller like myself.

So, while visiting a friend in London, we went to Harrod's and I must say, prepare to be overwhelmed! There are so many people, and so much stuff, that it's almost a sensory overload. There are the food halls, jam-packed with people, there's the main floor, jam-packed with people, and there are several other stories of merchandise, all jam-packed with people!

I have to admit, I probably wouldn't go back again, just because it's so overwhelming, but there are two things that I think make it worth at least one visit.

On the main floor in the grand escalator/Egypt-themed area, there's a memorial to Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayad. A champagne flute and engagement ring from the night of the car crash are on display, and it's a nice little memorial.

Also, in the basement, there's a nice gift shop, with some of the nicest quality magnets and key chains that I'd encountered in London gift shops. They featured London icons, and the keychain made a great gift for my sister, who just got her driver's license.

Other than that, I'd say Harrod's isn't worth a visit, unless you like the high-end merchandise, and the feeling of being in a cattle drive.

Info on visiting Harrod's: www.harrods.com/Cultures/en-GB/VisitingHarrods/#xD;resentationUnpublished
87-135 Brompton Road
London, England, SW1X 7XL
+44 (20) 7730 1234


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