We had to visit Harrods at Christmas time. We had to see the beautiful Christmas windows and experience the bustle of the shoppers. It is after all one of the most famous department stores in the world. Back in August we came for a quick lunch visit as part of a tour we were on, so this time we wanted to meander and explore. Within these seven stories there are 330 different departments and 28 restaurants including The Disney Cafe, an ice cream parlour, a tea room and a steak house. It is much like a mall unto itself. Many of the departments, such as toys, the Disney area, and the pet store (with live puppies and pet grooming) are as large as free-standing stores. Harrods was sold by the Al Fayed family in 2010 for $2.3 billion. This name will sound very familiar due to Dodi Al Fayed’s relationship with Princess Diana. In their memory, there is a statue of the two of them in the store.
OK, enough of the basic facts. On to the fun… The theme for this year’s Christmas windows is Disney Princesses. Along one side of the building, small windows are decorated with dolls and accessories of each Disney princess. The main windows are beautifully dressed mannequins representing each princess and adorned in clothing, jewels and accessories from the store. The reflection off the windows made for difficult pictures, but there are several attempts below. Other windows showed various high-end gift ideas that you’ll certainly want to buy for your loved ones. I liked this little jeweled guy myself. If you are going to own an iguana, you might as well go for the jewel encrusted version.
Exploring the store was very enjoyable. They sell just about everything imaginable that can fit in a department store and much of their merchandise is as affordable as Macy’s or Nordstrom. If you do love your designer shoes and gowns and rare diamond jewelry, you will find it here, but they go out of their way to have something for just about everyone. It is a fantastic spot to window shop, people watch, and show your kids that real fur really is incredibly soft and they too can aspire to buy the beautiful designer clothes.
I want to point out that the nighttime photo of the outside of the building was taken at 4:50 in the afternoon. It gets dark early around here.