Harrods, the famous name you should have heard of. It is the luxury departmental store in London. Many celebrities and royal families love to shop there. Established in 1834, 7-storey Harrods is the biggest store in London with a total area of more than a million square feet. From a grocery store when it was first started, Harrods has now been transformed into a prestigious departmental store selling all varieties of luxury goods, fashions, services and foods in over 300 departments within its premises in Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, UK.
Local fashion ‘big name‘ such as Burberry are prominently housed in store. Travelers visiting London should add Harrods into their ‘must-visit‘ tour itinerary eventhough shopping is not in your list. It’s located in Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea which is 2km West of London city centre.
It is reachable by taking taking the Piccadilly Line of London Underground and get off at Knightsbridge station, either you are from Heathrow Airport or Leicester Square. Very convenient and it costs £4 per way. From the underground station, you need to walk like 200m along Brompton Road and some other luxury boutiques before seeing Harrods in front of you. Opposite it is the latest TopShop outlet (another big name in UK fashion).
It’s a huge store put it this way. If you plan to really explore every corner of Harrods, you need at least 1 whole day. You can do that if you have plenty of time and if you are a real shopaholic and there are over 30 eateries within the premise. However, if you are planning just to witness the luxurious environment within and people watching, with just a couple of hours to spare, you can briefly go round the Ground floor and stop over at its unique Food Hall at Ground Floor.
Food Hall in Harrods is indeed food lovers paradise. You can find all the finest and freshest foods under one roof. The best part of it is amidst those counters selling charcuterie, meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, chocolates, candy, bakery and poultry, there are also 13 restaurants and cafes where you can dine in for lunch or dinner. Let’s follow me to travel around the Food Hall by photos taken by me below.
Fresh seafood counters.
Even fresher seafoods…
Rotisserie, a restaurant for all sorts of quality flame-roasted meat, chicken, duck and lamb from the meat counter in Harrods food hall.
The Pantry department where you can find jams, biscuits and more. Take a look at the ceiling. There are unique ceiling design to each departments and they are beautiful.
Bakery department. These are special made Harrods pastries that cost a bomb. However, if you are lucky enough, you can try it with 50% off the original price!
Candy department. Again, these are exclusive Harrods candies which could not be found any other place…
Next to the pantry is Fruit and Vegetable Department. The beauty and the mess…
Red Currants, Black Berries, Rasp Berries. Do you fancy any of them? Selling at £7-£10 per small box!
Another food and gourmet counter. Mouth watering…
Specialty confectionery and patisserie counter. Do you think you want to try? With such a price tag?
What about 50% discount? Such a good news for budget traveler, like me…
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UPDATED: Click HERE to view High Resolution Lightbox of all the above photos in Harrods and Its Food Hall!
Eventhough you are not shopaholic and you have limited budget on your London travel, visiting the Food Hall in Harrods sure will worth the £4 underground ticket. We bought the daily ticket which covers Knightsbridge as well as other travel destinations in London for only £5.60. So it was even more worthwhile to pay Harrods a visit.
However, there are few visitors guidelines that should be put attention on. Visitors must ensure all clothing is clean and presentable and that the appropriate footwear is worn whilst in the store. The most relevant rules to me is that I was asked to carry rucksacks in my hand rather than on my back or shoulder. This is both to prevent damage to displays and for health and safety reasons. Harrods provides a left luggage service at small cost, should the bag be too heavy to carry. Another affecting rules to me is the restriction of taking photos in any area within the store where photography or filming may not be appropriate. That is why these photos here are extremely valuable! Hope you enjoy. Don’t forget to subscribe to my RSS Feeds or email Feeds for upcoming free updates on my stories of Europe travel. – Travel Feeder, your ultimate travel photo blog.
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