HarrodsHarrods started selling goods in 1825, established by shrewd business man Charles Henry Harrod. He made many gambles and moves but always putting the delivery of goods to his customers first, and this led to wild success.
In 1883, the buildings at the current location were gutted by fire and this is when the current magnificent store was built.
Strangely the target or IRA bombings during the troubles, the business is now owned by Qatar (yes the government) and there are also a ton of little high end shops around the world in airports.
Why did I write up a store? There is no store like this in the world. You could spend days in here eating, drinking and shopping (not cheap especially with English VAT costs).
The Arrival - Knightsbridge Tube StationThe area of Knightsbridge is the most expensive in the entire city, and has a subway station on the Piccadilly line that most of the time I use to get there and get back (there are exceptions, I have walked there from various places around London when I just want to see things or taken a cab when it's too late for a subway).
If you head down the tunnel to the west, there is an exit there that brings you right at Harrods on the Hans Cre pedestrian road.
The StorePrepare to be stupefied. This store is massive, taking the entire city block, 333 individual shops plus the open floor shopping areas. 16 places at least to eat and drink. Well, let's get into it.
Food and DrinkThe incredible array of places to eat and drink in Harrods is kind of hard to grasp. High end steak, low end meat pies, dining halls, restaurants, bars, cafes, and an indoor tea garden. If you can't find something to eat here, you don't eat. (Oh they have a full grocery too in case you want to cook yourself).
Other noticeable thingsThe design of the store is quite amazing and over the top. Every point of it is an experience. Many services too, like a barber, a gold merchant (yep, buy bars right there), hunting (you can indeed buy guns at Harrods, if you have the license). Well, everything except a road legal car I think.
SummaryI've been here 7 times now and still not seen all of it, and only cursorily dined, I can say more visits are in my future when I have free time and I'm not otherwise distracted by the 1,001 things to do in London.
Even if you don't buy anything, stop in for some chocolate in the candy room. Everyone can afford one of those.