How to get to Harrods: Subway - Piccadilly line to Knightsbridge station.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10.00am – 9.00pm
Sunday 12.00pm – 6.00pm
Harrods is a high-end department store located on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, England. The Harrods motto is Omnia Omnibus Ubique—All Things for All People, Everywhere. Several of its departments, including the seasonal Christmas department and the Food Hall, are world famous. Throughout its history, the store has had five owners
Charles Henry Harrod was the founder of the now world famous shopping palace. His career – just like every big success – began rather unspectacular. It started with a few little shops in the inner city of London that where primarily specialising in tea. Later, to escape the narrowness there and to expand he took over a small shop in the district of Knightsbridge, on the site of the current store. He began in a single room employing two assistants and a messenger boy. Harrod's son Charles Digby Harrod built the business into a flourishing retail (Einzelhandel) operation selling medicines, perfumes, fruit, and vegetables. Harrods rapidly expanded, bought the neighbouring buildings, and employed one hundred people by 1880.
However, the fortune ended in December 1883, when it burnt to the ground. Remarkably despite his own financial problems Charles Harrod fulfilled all of his customers orders and was able to make all Christmas deliveries that year He made a record profit in the process.Short after, a new store was built on the same site And the story of success began anew. Famous persons such as Oscar Wilde,Charlie Chaplin, Noël Coward, Sigmund Freud and many members of the British Royal Family came by to enjoy the great variety of products.
On Wednesday, 16 November 1898, Harrods debuted England's first "moving staircase" (escalator) in their Brompton road stores;...