Harrods

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Harrods Lavish & extravagant, Harrods is a 4.5-acre shopaholic's dream in the heart of Knightsbridge. Check out this opulent London shopper's paradise at Party Earth! London England 51.4991709 -0.1644209
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Party Earth Review Lavish and extravagant, Harrods is a 4.5-acre shopaholic’s dream in the heart of Knightsbridge. Stylish city dwellers and affluent visitors descend upon the regal department store to scoop up everything from haute couture... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Piccadilly Line: Knightsbridge

  • Phone:

    020 7730 1234

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  • Hours:

    M–Sa 10am–8pm, Su 11:30am–6pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

Party Earth Harrods Review

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Lavish & extravagant, Harrods is a 4.5-acre shopaholic's dream in the heart of Knightsbridge. Check out this opulent London shopper's paradise at Party Earth!

Lavish and extravagant, Harrods is a 4.5-acre shopaholic’s dream in the heart of Knightsbridge.

Stylish city dwellers and affluent visitors descend upon the regal department store to scoop up everything from haute couture by the world’s most fashionable designers to top-of-the-line sporting gear – including a £1,000 Moncler ski jacket – and high-end beauty treatments perfect for Vogue models willing to lighten their pockets to rejuvenate their faces.

With a décor inspired by ancient Egypt, the elegant seven-floor store features three hundred and thirty departments that welcome fifteen million visitors a year, including hordes of tourists eager to soak up the atmosphere, chic Londoners dining at restaurants like the Parisian tea room Ladurée, and the occasional wealthy expat splurging on “competitively priced” gold bars from the first-floor bank.

The mega-store also provides an in-house perfumery, barber shop, and Power-Plate workout studio, so customers looking for a day of pampering will find plenty to keep them occupied.

Steeped in history and boasting a clientele that ranges from luminaries like Oscar Wilde to London wild child Jade Jagger, Harrods is a true London institution, with truly hefty price tags to match.

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Tip from Adriana:

For a luxurious holiday, housewarming, or dinner party gift, pick up one of the hampers that feature wine, chocolates, or champagne – presented in a stately Harrods case, of course.

  • Crowd

    Chic Londoners, tourists, models, fashionistas, and expats, all ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Shopping, browsing, and people-watching.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Over twenty-five on-site restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, and candy stores serve everything from American diner classics and pizza to sushi, dim sum, and crêpes.

  • Prices

    Although there are a few bargains to be found, most of the wares are on the pricey side with some designer goods costing thousands of pounds.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Nice casual: jeans, t-shirts, polos, khakis, comfortable slacks. Harrods has a dress code prohibiting bare midriffs and sporting attire.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Saturday and Sunday afternoons to see the store at its busiest, and weekday afternoons for a less hectic scene and more space to wander.

  • Close By

    If a day trip to Harrods needs to be extended into a weekend visit, The Beaufort Hotel in Knightsbridge (33 Beaufort Gardens) is just around the corner.

Harrods User Reviews

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Must visit Mall
Marge D. Nov 18, 2013
For my first visit to London my friend took me to Harrods so that i can buy myself a new shoe. walking in was already a sight to see. what i like the most is the easily reached restaurants throughout the entire mall. i had the pleasure of dinning at the restaurant at the very top buffet style restaurant with a great selection of fresh baked Yorkshires yumm. the most exciting site are the Egyptian like escalators, what a sight. dont just take my word for it go and see for yourself!!!
A Foodie Paradise
Erica L. Aug 8, 2013
As a foodie, this Food Hall is my Heaven. To know it is to love it. It is large, posh, and magnificent in selection. I want to live here. Each room is a food category: Charcuterie, Tea, Cheese, Meat, Coffee, Confectionery, Seafood, Bakery, Wine, etc. And each room is grandly packed to the gills with FOOD STUFF. Beautifully packaged & presented gourmet food stuff. Room after room. Your eyes, much less your taste-buds, are feasting. I brought my friend here -- a recent culinary school graduate from Los Angeles -- and she just about died. She was short on time, but I think we spent 5 hours: eating, sampling, being served at the sushi counter, eating more, looking, smelling, and eating some more. We were kicked out at the end of the evening by Harrod's rather polite staff -- that's what happens when TWO foodies get together. I've yet to have a bad experience at Harrod's Food Hall: it's simply too much delicious fun! p.s. the Krispy Kreme counter gets a lot of traffic, and serves donuts fresh. So if you're an ex-pat, or a donut fan in general, it's worth the wait. But don't stand there hungry! The smell alone will torture you.
Amazing
Lauren R. Jun 26, 2013
I hate malls and I hate shopping and I still remember when I went into Harrods when I was a kid over 15 years ago. The place was absolutely amazing, from the gorgeous exterior, looking more like a castle than a mall, and the fabulous stores inside. It's an icon in London fashion, at least from an American perspective, and is a definite must when traveling to London.
LOVE
Natalie B. Apr 9, 2013
This place is amazing, all I can say is I am in love with all of it. I wish I had enough money to actually buy the clothes but all my other experiences have been phenominal! (Food court, High Tea, Facial, FroYo, Mani and Pedi, ect.)
Harrods
Kendall H. Feb 24, 2013
As a shopping fanatic Harrods was my Mecca. I had been anticipating this famous store since I found out that I'd be going to London. Honestly, I consider it a MUST if you're visiting the city. Even non shoppers can appreciate this store. Apart from the clothing departments there are different food sectors including sweets, fishes, meats and cheeses. Upstairs there were restaurants including an ice cream parlor and tea room. Before Harrods I had only been to high tea once at the Ritz Carlton so I had high expectations but this tea definitely surpassed them! The only downside is that the employees tend to pay less attention to college aged students since it is a nicer store. For those who don't know what Harrods is I would say that it's comparable to Neiman Marcus in the States expect it has food sections.
A taste of the high life for everyone to enjoy
Lyndsey W. Feb 10, 2013
If you are visiting London then the iconic Harrods department store is well worth a visit; it oozes style, glitz and tradition which is everything a shop-bound tourist could wish for! Be aware that, for the most part, Harrods is extremely pricey - if you are rich or have come to London to splash your cash then Harrods is the place to shop, for the rest of us Harrods is perfect for looking at (the shiny Egyptian escalators and stunning window displays are something to behold) and eating at (the food hall is vast and full of every edible treat you can imagine!) Make some time for lunch there as the food is outstanding and scattered across the store there is a wide array of eateries so there is plenty of choice. Also worth a visit are some of the homeware sections which display Mad Hatter style goodies and valuable pieces of art which cost a fortune but can be enjoyed in the same way you might enjoy an art gallery. Harrods may be a shopping destination for the wealthy but the sheer opulence and luxury of the place means that there is something for everyone, even if you just want to look.
I don't even like shopping and I like Harrods
Christina W. Dec 12, 2012
Harrods is amazing! I went to London with my family for Christmas one year, and it was absolutely the BEST time to visit Harrods! If you think Macy's in New York and the (old) Marshall Fields in Chicago know how to decorate for the holidays, you have not seen Harrods. It's totally nuts! The placed is completely decked out from head to toe in the most beautiful Christmas decorations I have seen. In terms of the shopping, good lord, they have absolutely everything! I think my parents and I spent a good four hours in there. I ended up finding a lovely leather jacket, and my mom got a scarf and cashmere sweater. I'm sure my dad got something too. The place is so big you would be completely insane if you didn't find something you like inside. And even if you hate shopping, it’s totally worth wandering around in anyway. You’ll be surprised at what kinds of things you find. They have everything!
Shoppers Paradise
Jody P. Dec 8, 2012
Harrods is amazing. If you don't know what Harrod's is - it is basically a huge (and I mean HUGE) department store in London that has pretty much everything you could think of. It is really unique also because of its Egyptian theme. It is pretty expensive but, then again, so is all of London. It is seven floors of shopping and has all different kinds of departments, including a pet store. When I was there, it was packed wall-to-wall with people so it is a bit difficult to move around but it is worth the experience. This should definitely be on your to-do list when visiting London.
shopper mecca
Tara R. Dec 7, 2012
If you love shopping and miss Harrods while you're here, there's something wrong with you. An unashamed celebration of all the things the world could hold against the English can be found in the ostentatious shopping halls of Harrods. The department store allegedly started as the store that the rich could bribe to get anything they wanted. An elephant? No problem. An air force helicopter? It’s waiting on your landing pad right now. That kind of thing. Egyptian-themed escalators, gold and glittery food halls, a pet store menagerie and toy store extraordinaire. It’s not necessarily in good taste, but it’s certainly a London tradition, and one that shouldn’t be missed even if it is overrated.
you go to london, you go to harrods
Hayden F. Dec 5, 2012
it's just something you do. the people who actually buy things here are crazy because it is so expensive, but it certainly the experience. this place is huge and so exciting. the people who work at the store can definitely tell who is there for the tourist experience and who is actually there to shop - and they show it. while they may let you try on whatever dress you want, they wont be particularly happy about it when they know it's just for giggles... then again i wouldnt. anyways... im glad i went but definitely didnt feel the need to actually buy anything here (having one of those little green bags would be nice though!)
Tourist attraction
M x. Nov 29, 2012
Harrod's is one of the most iconic places on London for shopping. It is an absolutely incredible experience. There are more than seven levels of shopping, ranging from designer clothes to a pet store. That being said, it is very expensive and very crowded. Most people go to Harrod's to look around and enjoy the lavish decorations. The first floor has handbags and a market area with thousands of different types of food. There is a Chocolate Bar upstairs that I highly recommend. It is expensive but worth it! The chocolate fondue is to die for. It is very easy to get lost inside the huge store with all of the levels, showrooms, and people, so make sure you stay close to who you came with!
HOLY HARRODS
Alli H. Nov 14, 2012
Harrod's is one of the first places I went to when I arrived in London to study abroad. I had heard about it and had to see it for myself and it's every bit as amazing, beautiful, and decadent as they say. I went probably 14 times while abroad and still never saw the whole place. Some things to focus on are the food halls (it's like designer brand food and so beautiful!), the toy kingdom (my parents are lucky they didn't take me here when I was young), and home furnishings (really cool stuff!). The clothes are amazing, of course, but are the same designer brands you can find anywhere. I could barely afford lunch food as a college student, so don't go there with the expectation of walking out with tons of shopping bags. If you spend money there, do it on the high tea at the tea room! It's delicious and fancy but around the same price as most places so it's not breaking the bank.
Super busy and Touristy- but still awesome!
Jade W. Nov 13, 2012
Harrods is definitely a typical spot for tourists to go while in London. It is a huge department store with everything you could ever want, but it is expensive. You can find lots of London souvenirs here and even if you don't buy anything it's nice to see and the inside is beautiful. I visited around Christmas time so it was insanely busy, but I found some great Christmas presents for my family and friends and it was decorated so nicely. Overall Harrods might not be your mains shopping destination, but if you are visiting London it's important to visit this London trademark and maybe pick up a few souvenirs!
Only good if you like to window shop... or you're really rich.
Paula P. Aug 6, 2012
If you need and/or want anything in the world, it's pretty much guaranteed that Harrods will have it. I remember when I was in London on a tour, our guide told us that you could even order an elephant there if you wanted to (apparently that's where some circus ordered their elephant from?) However, unless you're willing to pay an exorbitant amount for whatever you want, I would go elsewhere for real shopping. When I went with a friend we spent most of the time playing the guessing game as to how much all the fur coats cost. The one thing that I will give Harrods props for is having an amazing food hall. It's not your average American food court with a Sabarro's and a Panda Express. It's got like four or five rooms of gourmet food!! Each room has a different kind of theme and different types of cuisines. You can buy pre-made food to take to a picnic or you can buy cold cuts of meat or fish or cheese to cook with when you get home. They also have restaurants in the food hall if you're overwhelmed by all the choices. Oh and their desserts are amazing as well. Also they have an entire room devoted to chocolate, so... yeah, I was in heaven.
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