Staying at one of our London hotels on a city break? A trip to Harrods is a must. The world’s most famous department stores lures visitors from all over the world with its unique shopping experience. With over 330 departments crammed into eight jam-packed floors, you’ll find everything from designer fashion and luxury food to wonderful toys and high-end homewares and gifts. Quintessentially British, up to 100,000 customers walk through the golden revolving doors every day, a number that doubles come Christmas time! You can easily spend a day exploring. Luckily, our Premier Inn hotel near Harrods is nearby with comfy beds and spacious rooms just ready to be filled with all those shopping bags.
In 1834, a then 25 year old Charles Henry Harrod opened what was to become one of London’s most iconic shopping establishments ever. Starting as a single room in Stepney selling tea and groceries, it later moved to Knightsbridge. Back in 1969, if handbags and jewellery wasn’t your cup of tea, you could have purchased an exotic animal like playwright Noel Coward who took home an alligator as a present to himself! Going from strength to strength, Harrods is now home to an opulent food hall that’s over 100 years old and the UK’s first moving staircase - more commonly known as an escalator. With its motto of “Omnia Omnibus Ubique”, which translated from Latin means “All things for all people, everywhere”, and 330 departments to its name, there’s not much you won’t find.
If you haven’t tried the world-famous Parisian Ladurée macarons, head to the Ladurée tea room on the First Floor to try these delicate confections for themselves.
Spanning eight floors across 4.5 acres, each floor is home to a variety of departments, restaurants, bars and in-house services. But when should you visit, and what should you wear to ensure you get in? Find out here.
Harrods has a dress code - no revealing clothing or offensive tattoos! Rucksacks must be carried, you can’t eat or drink and all children under 14 must be accompanied.
You’ll find Harrods at 87-135 Brompton Road, London SW1X 7XL. It opens from 10am to 9pm Monday to Saturday, and 11.30am to 6pm on Sundays.
Enjoy shopping bag free with Harrods’ complimentary Customer Collections service. Just leave your purchases at any till and they’ll be delivered to the Ground Floor.
Harrods is easily accessible to wheelchair users via any of the front doors along Brompton Road or at Door 3, located at the rear of the store in Basil Street.
From fine jewellery and watches to luxury bed linen and a section called ‘Harrods Shoe Heaven’, there’s ample opportunities for you to leave the store with an iconic green and gold bag. Here’s what else is on offer.
With its window displays and decorations, Harrods is a magical place in the run-up to the festive season. Most magical of all has to be the Grotto, but don’t get too excited. It’s proved to be so overwhelmingly popular that it’s now invite only and open to Rewards customers with the most points.
The Wellness Clinic
On the Fourth Floor you’ll find a spa like no other. The Wellness Clinic offers a holistic approach to wellbeing and beauty, featuring some big name experts. The best practitioners in the world offer personalised fitness, nutrition, and aesthetic services, are all in one luxurious (and very big) space.
Book signings by celebrity authors, fashion pop-ups by the lies of Burberry and J Brand jeans, Chanel make-up masterclasses… there’s always something big, bold and glamorous going on at Harrods. Recent events include a Toy Detective experience, exclusively for little ones.
Harrods’ range of services give any shopping experience an extra dollop of glam. Take the ‘By Appointment’ personal shopping service that helps you bring all of your lifestyle and wardrobe wants to life or choose the ‘Harrods Interiors’ package that offers luxury interior design for your home.
From gourmet burgers to fish and chips, there are over 20 places to eat and drink in Harrods.
For the most luxurious of afternoon cuppas, head to The Tea Room on the second floor or go to the Caviar House Seafood Bar for some oysters and a glass of something cold and grapey. For something a little heartier, try Pan Chai on the ground floor for sushi and sashimi or go up to the fourth floor for some luxurious Middle Eastern fare at the Mezzah Lounge.
If you really want to live a Knightsbridge lifestyle, head to Sale e Pepe for an authentic Italian menu of classic dishes and ones with a twist. Zuma serves contemporary Japanese dishes including lobster sushi and chicken wings with sake. For funky cocktails head to Eclipse for a few drinks and a boogie - and perhaps the chance of spotting a celeb or two.
With its Knightsbridge location, getting to Harrods and beating the crowds doesn’t have to be difficult. Bus options are plentiful and the underground is super convenient.
Valet car parking is available nearby at Brompton Place at postcode SW3 1QE, however, it is a little on the pricey side.
There are a variety of buses that go through London to Harrods including routes 9,10, 14, 19, 22, 52, 74, 137 and 414.
The closest underground station to Harrods is Knightsbridge on the Piccadilly line. South Kensington and Sloane Square are a short walk away.
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