Harrods was first founded in 1849 as a small London shop with just two employees that sold fruit, vegetables, perfume, and medicine. But despite its humble beginnings, the London mainstay expanded to become one of the largest and most famous department stores in the world. Today, it sells everything from Dior handbags to artwork by Andy Warhol, Hermès plates, and even gold bars embossed with the store’s own logo. Here are 14 reasons why no other department store in London can even compare.
The store’s designer shoe section aptly named Harrods Shoe Heaven.
Located on the top floor of the building, the department features individual shoe boutiques by designers like Chanel, Christian Louboutin, and Gucci.
And an entire room is dedicated to pet accessories.
Harrods Dog Bowl ($21), harrods.com
Harrods has its own Latin motto.
The iconic forest green shopping bags.
So chic. So British.
Harrods-branded gold bars.
Customers can buy gold bars and bullion at Harrods Bank, which is located on the Second Floor of the store. A 400-ounce gold bar is currently selling for over $500,000.
There is an outpost of Ladurée.
Perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up if you get tired while shopping.
Plus 23 other restaurants.
If macarons aren't to your liking, Harrods has plenty of other options, including a champagne bar.
The store sells its own line of British teddy bears.
And they're dressed in the cutest outfits.
Harrods Teddy Bear ($25), harrods.com
It's the largest department store in Europe.
Harrods has over a million square feet of selling space and 330 different departments.
The store has its own cobbler.
Which means you don’t need to leave the premises to get new soles on your shoes.
Gucci Loafers ($661), harrods.com
There is even an art gallery.
Shoppers can browse through works by Warhol and Picasso that are available for purchase.
Harrods sells furniture too.
You can buy everything you need to furnish your house, including beds, sofas, and dining room tables.
There's a Disney Boutique on the fourth floor.
Children can get princess makeovers--though we won’t judge if you pay a visit too.
Disney Princess Dress ($62), harrods.com
The food halls.
There are four massive (and beautifully decorated) food halls to peruse, including one just for tea, coffee, and chocolates.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.