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Harrods Department Store

Harrods Department Store (77)

The luxurious Harrods department store is an obligatory stop for anyone who likes going shopping. Nevertheless, this temple of shopping in Brompton Road, in the heart of the Knightsbridge district, guarantees any customer not only shopping, but a veritable experience.

Still loyal to its slogan Omnia Omnibus Ubique (“Everything for everybody everywhere”), this department store, which opened in 1849, can boast about selling or having sold virtually anything, from more than 300 types of cheese and toys of all kinds to airplanes and yachts, as well as shoes with mounted diamonds or elephants and crocodiles. To give you an idea, for 250,000 pounds you can buy a reproduction of yourself made in wax by the Madame Tussaud’s museum. 

Bought in the 1980s by Mohamed Al Fayed for the massive sum of 615 million pounds, the figures for this empire are astonishing: its seven floors, divided into 330 departments, represent a surface of close-on 100,000 square metres. 12,000 light bulbs illuminate its famous façade. In its 28 restaurants you can enjoy tea and cakes or high cuisine, as well as some tapas if you fancy. Its 40 lifts cover more than 64,000 kilometres every year. If to all this you add a staff of more than 4,000 employees and the 300,000 visitors to this store on its busiest days, we can easily appreciate how important Harrods is.

There is not much else to say about a store that has had among its customers Oscar Wilde, Sigmund Freud and many members of the British royal family. One more thing: you really must not miss the Food Halls, the spectacular food sections decorated exquisitely with Edwardian-style glazed tiling.

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