Harrods is the world-renowned luxury department store which draws 15 million visitors annually from around the world.
It occupies a building covering over a million square feet at 87-135 Brompton Road in the heart of Knightsbridge – an exclusive district for apartments in London. The Harrods green and gold logo is synonymous with fine quality designer goods. Glitzy and glamorous, its 330 departments sell everything from handbags to fine wines and golf clubs; includes a range of restaurants, cafes and bars, laid out over 7 floors. Not so well known are the private fitness studio, the dedicated pharmacy and the children’s hair salon.
Harrods was established in 1849 as a grocery store by Charles Henry Harrod and gradually expanded over the years. In 1883 it was destroyed by fire and the current building was erected. It was bought by Mr Al Fayed in 1985 who sold it to the Quatari royal family in 2010. The store is well known for its long list of rules about dress codes and behaviour. It requests clean and presentable clothes and appropriate footwear and it bans eating or drinking anywhere, apart from in its restaurants and bars. The Harrods Sale is a famous event, opened by a well-known celebrity in the New Year and attracts queues of shoppers seeking bargains.
It is open from 10am to 8pm Monday to Saturday, including Bank Holidays, and from 11.30am to 6pm on Sundays. People staying in nearby apartments in London can find everything they need in their local ‘corner shop’. The nearest Underground station is Knightsbridge and many bus routes go down the Brompton Road. Harrods also has its own reassuringly expensive valet operated car park in Brompton Place.
Knightsbridge is where some of the most luxurious apartments in London can be found. The district is known for its upmarket designer stores, particularly around Sloane Street and the Brompton Road. If you are looking for apartments in London, the Harrods area is very central and close to the famous museums in Kensington, the Albert Hall and Earl’s Court exhibition halls. Harrods is much more than a department store and provides a range of lifestyle services to its customers. It offers private banking at Harrods Bank, advice on finding apartments in London, bespoke home decor and furniture, hamper and gift boxes delivery and corporate gift services.
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