Built by Charles Henry Harrod in 1834 and now owned by Qatar Holdings, Harrods is London’s largest and most iconic department store. With 330 different departments spread over seven floors, it’s a top choice for shoppers, selling everything from luxury souvenirs and gourmet British foods to renowned designer brands and stylish homewares.
A popular tourist attraction, Harrods often gets included as part of London sightseeing tours. For more time to explore, opt to visit on a hop-on hop-off bus tour or book a VIP experience with an independent shopping tour and your own private driver. While you’re there, take a ride on the opulent Egyptian Escalator, pay a visit to the Princess Diana memorial, or indulge in a decadent afternoon tea at The Georgian.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Customer services include personal shopping, a wellness clinic, and bespoke tailoring.
- Large bags, rucksacks, and umbrellas must be left at the store’s Left Luggage desk.
- ATMs, free Wi-Fi, and a range of bars, restaurants, and tea rooms are available on-site.
- Harrods is fully wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Harrods is located on Brompton Road in the upmarket Knightsbridge neighborhood of West London, a short walk from the designer shops of Sloane Street. To get there by tube, take the Piccadilly line to Knightsbridge station.
When to Get There
Harrods is open daily all year round. Weekday mornings tend to be quietest, and while it can get busy during weekends and school holidays, that’s when to go to enjoy in-store events, pop-up shops, and celebrity appearances. During the festive season, the store hosts a spectacular Santa's Grotto and some of London’s most impressive window displays.
Shopping at Harrods
The sprawling department store lives up to its motto: “Omnia Omnibus Ubique—All Things For All People, Everywhere.” In addition to clothing, jewelry, accessories, and cosmetics by designers such as Dolce and Gabbana, Burberry, Balenciaga, Chanel, and Estée Lauder, Harrods also has a specialized range of tea, luxury accessories, cosmetics, furniture, books, and its own line of souvenirs.