Harrods is the largest department store in Europe. Founder Charles Henry Harrod established his business in 1834, aged 25.
Fifth Floor: Beauty, Shoe Heaven, Sports fashion, Restaurants.
Fourth Floor: Childrens wear, Womenswear, Restaurants, burger bar, Harrods Terrace.
Third Floor: Toy Kingdom, Watches, Technology, Jazz Cafe.
First floor: Womenswear, Restaurants, champagne bar.
Ground Floor: Food Hall, Beauty, Fashion, Menswear, Jewellery, Restaurants including steakhouse, rotisserie, oyster & Caviar bar, sea grill.
Lower Ground Floor: Menswear, Gentleman’s lounge, Wines cigars, Fashions Accessories, Pharmacy, Cafe, Restaurant.
In 1849, to capitalise on trade to the Great Exhibition of 1851 in nearby Hyde Park, Harrod took over a small shop in the district of Brompton, on the site of the current store. Harrod’s son Charles Digby Harrod built the business into a thriving retail operation, Harrods acquired the adjoining buildings, and employed one hundred people by 1880. In December 1883, it burnt to the ground. Remarkably, Charles Harrod fulfilled all of his commitments to his customers to make Christmas deliveries that year making a record profit in the process. A new building was built on the same site, and soon Harrods extended credit for the first time to its best customers, among them Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), members of the British Royal Family.
The Harrods motto is Omnia Omnibus Ubique — All Things for All People, Everywhere.
Open: Monday – Saturday 10 am – 9 pm, Sunday 11:30 am – 6 pm.
Where is Harrods? Is it a 5 minute walk from Knightbridge Station in zone 1. Knightsbridge serves the Piccadilly line.
What is nearby? Victoria & Albert Museum, Science Museum, Royal Albert Hall.
Did you know? The business was located south of the River Thames in Southwark. Harrods debuted England’s first “moving staircase” (escalator), nervous customers were offered smelling salts and brandy at the top to revive them after their ‘ordeal’. Harrods has a dress code policy and has turned away several people who it believed were not dressed appropriately. Harrods customers can pay with Euros, US dollars and China Union Pay cards.