Harrods -- The world’s most luxurious store

Harrods department store in Knightsbridge
Harrods map location

Harrods address and telephone

Address:
Harrods is located at: 87–135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge,
London SW1X 7XL
England
Telephone:
You can contact Harrods on Work +44 (0) 207 730 1234
Website:
The Harrods website can be visited at www.harrods.com

Harrods opening times and ticket price

Opening hours:
Harrods is open to the public from: 10 AM to 9 PM (Mon-Sat); 11.30 AM to 6 PM (Sun)
Visiting hours are subject to change, and may not apply on public holidays. Always reconfirm whether it’s open to visitors before making plans to visit Harrods
Time required:
A typical visit to Harrods lasts 45-60 mins (approx)

How to get to Harrods

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History of Harrods

Harrods was opened by Henry Harrod in 1849, and started out as a small grocery store. Its reputation began to grow in 1873 when the shop burnt down to the ground, but rather than boarding up the windows for a month, like most owners would, Henry simply sent his customers a letter explaining that “in consequence of the above premises being burnt down, your order will be delayed in the execution by a day or two𔃉.

Harrods still prides itself in this can-do attitude today, boasting that it can sell you absolutely anything, from anywhere (as long as you don’t mind paying a small fortune for it, of course!). They have even been known to sell a baby elephant from their pet department.

The shop’s motto is simple: “Omnia, omnibus, ubique”, which translates as: “Everything for everyone, everywhere”.

The Egyptian Hall in Harrods, London

A truly luxurious store

The inside of Harrods is worth going for alone, with sumptuous decorations that wouldn’t look out of place in a Royal palace.

Don’t miss the Egyptian Hall in the centre of the shop, with it’s ancient Egyptian-styled columns, serpent’s heads, palm tree leaves and sandstone carvings. The Food Halls are also worth a visit – the sweets and chocolate section looks like something out of Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! Even the toilets are worth a visit. (And that’s not meant as a joke – some of them are as lavish as the Food Halls.)

Harrod’s dress code

Harrods have been known to bar customers from stepping through the front door if they are wearing ripped jeans, beach shorts, lycra cycling shorts, athletic singlets, flip flops or sandals. And don’t think that you can sneak in, either – they have porters on the door, known as the ‘Green Men’, ready to kick out the undesirables.

Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s review of Harrods  “The last time I went to Harrods I was still getting pocket money (10p a week), so I might be able to afford something this time. But what shall I buy? I think the cheapest thing they sell in here is a cheese and ham roll for a million quid, but I’m going to have a look around anyway and see what’s on offer. The first thing that you need to know about Harrods is that they’ve got bouncers on the door. Not big burly ones with tattoos on their faces, but little elderly guys in olive green gloves and frock coats and hats. I’m pretty sure that there’s a dress code, but judging by some of the shoppers in here today maybe they have relaxed the rules. They let me in, for starters: so that is clear evidence of a drop in standards… continued.”

The Christmas lights at Harrods

Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s review of Christmas shopping in London  Fortnum & Mason is the closest that a shop ever gets to being a 5-star hotel. The staff dresses up in red tails and shiny shoes at Christmas, with a bit of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra on the speakers – proper chestnut tunes. When you step inside from Piccadilly it’s all posh chocolates and teas, with decorated tables full of sugarcoated bon-bons, stone-sized toffee chunks, and slabs of fudge as big as bricks. Tin biscuit-caddies with shortbreads and savouries; huge wooden advent calendars with chiseled out drawers for little gifts, and fat glass jars full of nuts and jams. Downstairs is where you’ll find all the booze – the chestnut coloured whisky bottles and frosted bottles of vodka… continued.”

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There are plenty of other big department stores in London. The best one is Selfridges in Oxford Street. You might like Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly, and Liberty as well. Or how about the posh boutiques in Burlington Arcade and the Royal Exchange? (But remember to bring your wallet, because they’re some of the most expensive shops in London!)


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  • sarahg – “Its like a tacky theme park, with lost of garish Decorations that wouldnt look out of place in disneyland. All of the egyptian things dont even look old! They are just plasticy moulds that have been nailed to the wall and you have to wear Sunglasses because there is so much gold everywhere. It just goes to show that being rich doesn't buy you taste!.”
  •  Guest – “I am looking to buy a really nice suit today! Have you got a in house tailoring service and do I need to make an appointment. ?”
  • Admin – “We're not actually harrods. We're a tourist website that talks about harrods. Try visiting their website (linked to in the box above).”

If you enjoy shopping at Harrods then you might like to try these other famous shops in London…

> Fortnum & Mason Fortnum & Mason has been around for 300 years, and is famous for its extravagant window displays.
> Knightsbridge Knightsbridge is one of London’s most exclusive addresses, home to the world-famous Harrods.
> Selfridges Selfridges in Oxford Street is one of London’s largest and most famous department stores.
> Liberty Liberty, just off Oxford Circus, is one of London’s oldest and most famous department stores.
 

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