A Few Facts:
The Harrods motto is “Omnia Omnibus Ubique” – “All Things For All People, Everywhere”
Harrods dates back to 1849, when tea merchant Charles Henry Harrod opened his humble tea shop in the East End of London to sell his products. Today, Harrods is one of the leading luxury department stores in the world, with seven floors and 330 departments dedicated to the finest food, fashion, homeware and technology.
Harrods has some of the most outstanding collections in the world, making its fashion, fine jewellery, childrenswear, homeware and technology departments a must see for visitors.
The new Superbrands department on the First Floor is dedicated to womenswear and has 17 beautiful boutiques, custom-designed by international brands like Dior, Fendi and Valentino. Shoe Heaven on the Fifth Floor also showcases a range of international designers and is one of the most spacious and exclusive shoe departments in Europe.
To rival these departments is the sensational Salon du Parfums on the Sixth Floor, which holds some of the most exceptional and exclusive perfumes in the world.
The world-famous Food Halls are a stunning part of the store, with the original tiles and fixtures, and a wide selection of fresh food and products.
Harrods also has 27 restaurants in store, including Chai Wu, a new contemporary Chinese restaurant on the Fifth Floor, and Tartufi & Friends, a fine truffle restaurant on the Lower Ground.
The best place for afternoon tea in Harrods is The Georgian restaurant on the Fourth Floor. Open since 1913, The Georgian is an institution in London and was recently renovated with custom-made furniture by Christopher Guy Harrison, restoring it to its former glamour and elegance.
Harrods is a wonderful place to shop all year round, with campaigns and events held in store every month.
At Christmas time, visitors from all around the world head to see the famous Harrods Windows on Brompton Road and visit Christmas World, full of festive decorations and gifts. The summer and winter sales are also main events and customers can find a range of products on offer.
The British Summer Season is also an exciting time as flowers take over the Harrods store and customers can find guidance on how to dress for summer flower shows, garden parties and Polo events.
August is ‘Made With Love’ month in Harrods, where brands have the chance to showcase the quality and craftsmanship behind their products. For those who love to learn the story behind a beautiful product and love to have their purchases customised, Made With Love is an ideal time to visit.
Harrods services include Harrods Estates, Harrods Bank, Tax Free Bureau, Rewards Station for Harrods Rewards cards holders, Safe Deposit, Dry Cleaner and Watch Repair Service.
Other services include The Refinery and Urban Retreat Spas, By Appointment Personal Shopping, The Penthouse – for exclusive shopping services in an exclusive and elegant environment, Gift Bureau, Bridal Registry and The Studio for Harrods’ interior design services.
The main store occupies approximately 4.5 acres (1.8 hectares) with over 25 acres (10.5 hectares) of selling space extending over seven floors and 6 acres (2 hectares) of stockrooms, offices and support services.
All water is drawn from the store’s 3 wells, the deepest of which is 489 ft.
There are 40 lifts in the store covering 39,800 miles per year.
The stunning Terracotta façade of the store has given Harrods the name “Terracotta Palace”. The famous terracotta was supplied by Doultons, who also provided the tiling for the Meat Hall. The exterior of the store is lit by 11.500 light bulbs. There are 75 window displays.
5,000 rising to around 7,000 at Sale and Christmas time. The store has its own Fire Brigade, Health Care and Harrods Magazine.
Harrods employs Six "Green Men" to welcome customers and put a smile on their faces. These famous commissioners have become synonymous with Harrods since 1909.
The Crown Court distribution centre which opened in 2003 at the back of Harrods has warehousing on seven underground floors allowing Harrods to provide its customers with an unrivalled selection of products, both in store and online.
Harrods has a fleet of about 40 delivery vehicles and owns vintage electric vans: an original Walker van built in 1915 and a van built in Harrods’ own workshops in the late 1930s. The originals are still in running order.
Harrods welcomes its international customers and aims to share the Harrods experience with international travellers by having Harrods shops in Heathrow (Terminals 1,2,3 and 4) and Gatwick airports as well as in various airports around the world.