Harrods is probably the most famous shopping center in the world, and that is because it is much more than a mall. Located on London's Brompton Road, it is one of the mandatory stops for all tourists, especially those who love shopping. We tell you all the secrets of these stores, are you with us?
A huge shopping mallHerry Lawford / Flickr.com
Harrods It is located in the heart of the British capital. It has a size of more than 20,000 m² and 90,000 m² of commercial area, spread over seven floors and 330 different stores dedicated to all kinds of products, from women's and men's clothing, through accessories, home or drink and food, and how do not, merchandising Own and memories of London.
A) Yes, Harrods are the largest and most famous stores in all of Europe. We can find everything from haute couture to pet accessories, all with the unmistakable seal of the house, marked by exclusivity and luxury.
It has about 30 different bars and restaurants to adapt to all the needs of its customers, which are probably not few. And we can also find first class services, such as the Harrods Bank or gold bars.
Quality in service, the hallmark of HarrodsHerry Lawford / Flickr.com
Harrods opens Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.. A place visited by hundreds of tourists and international buyers. And there are many reasons for this: the first class service, its incredible atmosphere, the great quality of its products or the unparalleled selection of leading brands from around the world.
But you have to keep in mind that Harrods is one of the most luxurious shopping centers in the world, so their prices are quite high. The souvenirs Most bought by tourists are tea boats, stuffed animals, chocolates or other cheap items.
If London is far away, remember that Harrods has stores at Heathrow and Gatwick airports, and also in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Macao.
The story behind HarrodsHerry Lawford / Flickr.com
Harrods began in 1834, when Charles Henry Harrod opened a small grocery store and teas in London, although not in the current location, but in Stepney. In 1849 he moved to the place where we can find it now and gradually expanded, through the purchase of shops and adjoining homes.
In 1883, the mall suffered a great fire, assuming its collapse. Its reconstruction occurred on a larger scale, remaining practically as we know it today. The current owner of Harrods is the royal family of Qatar, who bought it in 2010 from Egyptian mogul Mohamed Al Fayed.
Things to do in HarrodsHerry Lawford / Flickr.com
The first thing that can be done at Harrods is logically to buy. But as we said before, it is one of the most luxurious shopping centers in the world, so if your travel budget is tight, you better get the idea that you will not be able to buy too many things in it.
Another thing that can be done there is to take something. There is a huge hotel offer in the mall, ranging from tea rooms, to pubs or tapas bars, passing by haute cuisine restaurants.
But the cheapest thing you can do there is simply look. The decoration of Harrods is incredible, with a huge amount of statues, fountains and rooms decorated with different motifs, all spectacular. Special mention should be made of the Egyptian hall and the memorials to Diana of Wales that we can find in the store.
«The things that can be bought with money it is better to buy them without thinking too much if you win or lose. It is better to save energy for those things that cannot be bought with money. »
How to get to HarrodsCan Pac Swire / Flickr.com
As we said, it is in the heart of London, so getting to Harrods is very easy. On the one hand, you can go by subway, through the Piccadilly line (the dark blue) and get off at the Knightsbridge stop, the closest to the store. If you prefer to arrive by bus, those that arrive are lines 9, 10, 14, 19, 22, 52, 74, 137, 414 and C1.
Very close to Harrods we can find other places of interest, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Hyde Park or the Natural History Museum in London.