Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Harrods for the Holidays

Miss B travelled to London a few weeks ago and upon my insistence went to visit Harrods Department Store, camera in tow to get some pictures to share with you guys!

For those of you not familiar with the store I found this information from Wikipedia:

Harrods was established in 1834 in London’s East End, when founder Charles Henry Harrod set up a wholesale grocery in Stepney,[2] with a special interest in tea. In 1849, to escape the filth of the inner city and to capitalise on trade to the Great Exhibition of 1851 in nearby Hyde Park, Harrod took over a small shop in the district of Knightsbridge, on the site of the current store. Beginning in a single room employing two assistants and a messenger boy, Harrod’s son Charles Digby Harrod built the business into a thriving retail operation selling medicines, perfumes, stationery, fruit, and vegetables. Harrods rapidly expanded, acquired the adjoining buildings, and employed one hundred people by 1880.
However, the store’s booming fortunes were reversed in early December 1883, when it burnt to the ground.[2] Remarkably, in view of this calamity, Charles Harrod fulfilled all of his commitments to his customers to make Christmas deliveries that year — and made a record profit in the process. In short order, a new building was raised on the same site, and soon Harrods extended credit for the first time to its best customers, among them Oscar Wilde, legendary actresses Lillie Langtry and Ellen Terry, Noël Coward, Sigmund Freud, A. A. Milne, and many members of the British Royal Family.
On Wednesday, 16 November 1898, Harrods debuted England's first "moving staircase" (escalator) in their Brompton road stores; the device was actually a woven leather conveyor belt-like unit with a mahogany and "silver plate-glass" balustrade.[3] Nervous customers were offered brandy at the top to revive them after their 'ordeal'.[4]

Above is one of the Christmas trees in their Christmas section or department of the store.

Here are some black and white ceramics, which look like Mackenzie Childs to me.

This photo is labeled dining room so I am thinking it must be in the silver department.

Miss B knows I love blue and white!

She shot this photo because of the Hermes price listing on the left. It would hard for me to purchase bowls that cost 600 pounds each, but they are beautiful.

These are ornaments for sale under the tree pictured above.

These are tablecloths in the linen department.

Here is a table setting perfect for Susan at BNOP!

For more of the Harrods experience click here for a 360 tour.

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