on July 17, 2009
Harrods is a department store located on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, London and is part of the Harrods brand which have several other enterprises under it's belt such as Harrods Aviation & Air Harrods. The store itself is something that I find to be instantly recognisable as it is currently one of the largest department stores in the word and is one that I thoroughly visiting, even if just for a browse.The store itself occupies a 4.5 acre site and has around 300 different departments within. It really would be quite possible to spend several days exploring the different areas of the store and spending enough money to clear all third world debt! Several of the departments within Harrods are world famous for their displays such as the Christmas department and the world class Food Halls.You really could buy almost everything possibly to own within this store with departments such as beauty, clothing (men's, women's, children's & infant's), electronics, bridal, pets & pet accessories, food, drink, toys, gifts, stationery, home wares etc. The list really is endless and you could probably buy at least one of everything you could ever need to furnish a home including sofas, beds, curtains etc. There are two memorials within the Harrods store dedicated to the life and love of Dodi Fayed & Diana, Princess Of Wales who died in a car crash in 1997. The first memorial contains photographs of each of them, a candle for each of them and some mementos such as a wine glass from their last dinner, with Diana's lipstick & an engagement ring supposedly purchased by Dodi the day before they died. The second memorial is a bronze statue of the two dancing underneath an Albatross to symbolize 'holy spirit' and it is entitled 'innocent victims'. Both of the memorials are quite moving and it's possible to visit them and pay respects to Dodi & Diana while at the store.Harrods is always seen as a real luxurious store and this is exactly how I would describe it, however, it is possible to visit here with some budget restrictions and still pick up some lovely items, especially when they have a sale on. The store will also sometimes host exclusive designer pieces or collections such as the recent Paul Smith Greene Street bag which is exclusively available for purchase in Harrods stores. As well as being able to shop instore it's also possible to shop online at the Harrods.com website but I would always advise a visit to the flagship store if possible as it's just something that's really not to be missed, even if just to find something cheap to purchase to get a Harrods carrier bag (yes, I am one of THOSE people!). There is a slight dress code in Harrods. The majority of people will be granted access but anyone not wearing a shirt, or with their chest hanging out etc may be denied entry to the store and this is usually enforced quite rigidly. The store is always well decorated, whatever time of year, and there is plenty of staff on hand to help with whatever your needs or requirements are. There is a rumour that whatever you want as a customer Harrods can get for you (within the reaches of the law of course) but whether this is true is probably not available information until you are a multi-million and having a spending spree in store.Harrods offer many services in store including wedding lists, registering for gifts, in-store beauty treatments, financial advice and personal shoppers to help you find anything you could ever need. It's not unusual for the store to be very busy at all times of the day all year round because of the many tourists that flock to the Knightsbridge store to try and pick up something quintessentially English and you will find lots of pieces like this in addition to the many Egyptian pieces showing Mohammed Al Fayed's natural heritage.Opening Times are as follows:Main StoreMonday to Saturday: 10am - 8pmSunday: 11:30am* - 6pmSUMMER Opening (Monday 20th July – Saturday 22nd August)Monday to Saturday: 10am – 9pmSunday: 11:30am* - 6pmFrom Monday 24th August: normal Main Store opening hoursSelected Food Halls openMonday to Saturday: 9am – 8pmSunday: 11:30am* - 6pm* Browsing only between 11.30am and 12 noon on SundaysI would advise a visit any day of the week as it's always going to become crowded in some areas as they are just so hugely popular with all different nationalities. A visit to London is never quite complete without a visit to Harrods so why not stop by yourself and spend a few thousand on that gorgeous telephone table or just buy yourself a packet of cigarettes and ask for a bag.I am going to rate Harrods 5/5 as the store is magnificent and there should be something for all ages to marvel out. Whether it's the latest toy, the delicious fish on offer in the Food Hall or the gorgeous bed linen everyone in the family is catered for so get out your credit card today and treat yourself, you deserve the best. The only reason I have marked it down by 1 star is because some of the everyday household items are drastically overpriced.
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