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.