Harrods: The highlights
When I think of London, I think of department stores. I love browsing their incredible products, condiments, patisserie and biscuits. But they are also a place to relax, eat, meet friends and catch up, have afternoon tea and browse clothes, shoes or books.
Harrods is an incredible store steeped in history; founded in 1834 it’s grown from a single room employing just two to 10,000 today! I love the store and it feels truly like London to me in there; here are what I think are the highlights of Harrods:
The Patisserie, Ground Floor
The patisserie is on the Ground Floor and has absolutely everything you could dream of. They have exquisite cakes, chocolates, petit fours, pastries, meringues and everything is so unique and distinctive. This is definitely a department that Harrods does incredibly well - arguably better than the other London department stores. And everything from the patisserie department can be enjoyed on a budget - the prices are not crazy just for a pastry so anyone can enjoy these as a one off treat for themselves without having to spend too much money. They also have a small Patisserie bar on this floor where you can enjoy a pastry and coffee whilst sat up to the bar. They are all delicious and definitely a worthwhile treat!
Harrods Books, Second Floor
Another highlight is the books department on the Second Floor. This department is magical; they have everything ranging from cookbooks to age-old classics. They also have huge coffee table hardbacks and lots of rare books. You can spend forever in here discovering literary gems and interesting reads and I challenge you to come away from here without a hardback in hand.
Harrods Café, Third Floor
On the third floor, there is a small café with beautiful big green velvet chairs and it’s a little quieter than some of the other restaurants in Harrods. I would recommend a big pot of Earl Grey and something from the patisserie display; go with a friend and people watch - there are some real characters in there.