Price guide: Free

87–135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL

Price guide: Free

Harrods exterior - © visitlondonimages/britainonview
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#25 of 30
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Expert overall rating:3.6 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Singles, History, People watching, Shopping, Special occasions, Trendiness

Best for Fun - Expert review of Harrods

Step inside a historic department store where shopping becomes entertainment.

Since starting life in 1849 as a humble grocery shop, Harrods has grown into a world-famous department store that has become a major tourist attraction. It is worth visiting as much for the spectacle - and the peoplewatching - as it is to shop for luxury goods or spend time in its 13 bars and restaurants. At night the façade of this flamboyant Knightsbridge institution, which opened in 1905, is illuminated with 11,500 light bulbs while the seven floors within are filled with a dazzling array of upmarket merchandise. For many visitors the highlight is the Food Halls on the Ground Floor, closely followed by the Egyptian Hall and escalator that turns shopping into showbiz and includes a memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed (lower ground floor). I also highly recommend taking a peek at Pet Kingdom (fourth floor), where a hamster costs £10 and a chihuahua £2,200.

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Price advice: 

Admission is free.

Expert tips: 
The store has a dress code that bans flip-flops and beach-style shorts.
Large luggage items must be deposited on the lower ground floor, where you can also buy gold bullion if have some spare cash.

More information on Harrods:

Price guide:
Historic site, Market / bazaar
87–135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL
020 7730 1234
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11.30am-6pm.

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