Things You Didn’t Know About Harrods in London

Harrods in London

Whether you have visited London before or not, you must have heard about Harrods, a shopper’s paradise.Located in Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, this department store occupies more than 1 million square feet of selling space making it the greatest store in the entire Europe. Fascinates Londoners and tourists alike, Harrods helps London to be one of the most premiere shopping destinations in the world. To turn your common lack of knowledge about Harrods, we have compiled a list of fun facts about this popular department store. But, before revealing the fun facts, here are some of the quick details of Harrods.

Address:87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1RT 

Opening and Closing Times: Mon to Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

Nearest Tube Station: Knightsbridge Tube Station

Nearest Hotels: Millennium Hotel London Knightsbridge and Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel

The Building

Did you know that the well-known Harrods department store is a property of Qatar Investment Authority? The building was sold for £1.5 billion by Mohamed Abdel Moneim Fayed in a deal signed on 8th May, 2010. It is the city’s most popular tourist spot when it comes to shopping. The building occupies a 5-acre land and boasts seven floors comprising 1,000,000 square feet.

Built between 1901 and 1905, the construction was supervised by the owner, Richard Burbridge. In 1898, Harrods opened country’s first “moving staircase” or escalator in their Brompton Road store. Besides, have you ever notices how many all those bulbs that light up Harrods in the evening? The answer is over 12,000.


Today’s glorious upmarket store is quite different from the first shop in Stepney, East London – it was a wholesale grocery shop. In 1849, Charles Henry Harrod decided to shift his store to the Knightsbridge area, near Hyde Park. After hosting a huge fair in 1951, at crystal palace, Knightsbridge turned into a very busy area and Harrods stores did an enormous trade. Later on, his son took the charge and expanded the shop, which in a little while became popular for the superb service experienced by patrons. In 1883, the shop caught fire and offended the shop buildings. The owner, Charles Henry Harrod and his son, invest a massive amount of funds to rebuild the shop on a grander scale.

Odd Harrods Facts

  • In 1927, the managing directors of Selfridges and Harrods made a bet as to which store would make more profit that year. Gordon Selfridge lost the bet and gifted Harrods a silver replica of itself. This silver replica is put on display at the shop’s lower ground floor.
  • Harrods has been criticized as “deeply sexist” for making female staff to apply six layers of makeup always without necessitating this to male staff. Besides, it is the only department store in the UK that has continued to sell real animal fur dresses.
  • The store also boasts a Pet Shop that is home to a number of animals. A cobra was used to protect a pair of sandals with a price of £62,000 because of its diamonds and other precious stones. Noel Coward, an English director, actor and singer, was used to a regular customer of this pet shop and had bought an alligator one Christmas.
  • The tag line of this store is Omnia Omnibus Ubique which means “All Things for All People, Everywhere”. People, who visit this store, surely have a wonderful shopping experience, whether they want to buy souvenirs, wish to check the latest clothing’s, or to do shopping for the Christmas.

Harrods is no doubt a shopper’s delight. Whether you want to shop for fashion clothing or just beauty accessories, the store has something for everyone. These quick facts are actually something that not every tourist knows about this upmarket department store. Next time you visit London, don’t forget to visit this shopping arcade. For more shopping alternatives in London, make sure to read our London guide for shopaholics.

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