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Why you should visit Harrods

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Located in the affluent borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Harrods is London’s most extravagant shop. In a city home to many of global brand’s flagship stores, Hamleys and two Westfields that’s a prestigious title.

First established by Charles Henry Harrod in 1834 as a wholesale grocery store, the Harrods name has steadily grown into a global luxury brand, with annual revenues estimated around £700 million. Officially a shop, for many – me included – Harrods is a curiosity, a quasi-museum dedicated to the excessively lavish. Here’s why it’s one of London’s must-see spots.

All the biggest brands

Whether you’re male or female, into designer clothing, nice watches, accessories or food, well off or just out for a bit of window shopping, all the world’s biggest brands feature at Harrods.20150822_141304

The food section

Potentially my favourite room in the entire United Kingdom, Harrods food section is simply amazing. Chocolate, pastry, full meals or very niche ingredients you’d struggle to find elsewhere, they’ve got it covered.IMG-20150823-WA0007

It’s particularly worth visiting during the festive seasonfor its notorious Christmas food hall. Harrods’ food floor is pretty much my dad’s Mecca, which says a lot as he’s very much into his cooking.

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6 floors high plus a ground floor and basement, the Harrods store occupies a staggering 5-acre (20,000 m2) of space. That’s big anywhere, and absolutely gigantic for central London.

If you’re bored of long walks down the park, Harrods will give you a good run for your money. Plan about half an hour to actually find your way out, it’s an absolute maze.

If you have kids

From the gigantic Lego collection which includes a massive model of Harrods to the Disney range, Harrods branded toys and rare, pricey collectors items, it’s brilliant. Must see.20150822_132631

The insane memorabilia

If you’re into that stuff, there are few places in the world better than Harrods. From Pele signed football shirts to Muhammad Ali gloves, Michael Jackson awards and even official documents signed by Napoleon Bonaparte, the collection on show is just incredible. As well as out of my price range. Oh well, I prefer to look anyway..20150822_132958 20150822_133326

This real-life sized Darth Vader20150822_130907

If it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for me.

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