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Location – 109 – 125 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RJ
Harvey Nichols is a luxury department store in Knightsbridge, the origin of the company began when Benjamin Harvey opened a small linen shop on the corner od Knightsbridge and Sloane Street.
In 1835 the shop was extended, in 1841 Harvey employed James Nichols who became a manager in the company. When Harvey died in 1850, his wife went into partnership with Nichols and the company was renamed Harvey Nichols and Co.
In the late 19th century the original shops were demolished to build a new purpose built department store.
In the late 20th century Harvey Nichols became known for its luxury items and award winning restaurants. Harvey Nichols has a small amount of stores in the UK and overseas, and in 1996 launched its first stand-alone restaurant in London, the OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar, and Brassiere.
Mon – Sat: 10am – 8pm
Sun: 11:30am* – 6pm (*browsing only between 11:30am – 12 noon)
Foodmarket & Restaurants Foodmarket, Wine Shop, Fifth Floor Restaurant, Bar & Café, Yo! Sushi, Outdoor Cafe Terrace
Womenswear, Lifestyle & Beauty Services Contemporary Collections, Sneaker Wall, Accessories, Daniel Hersheson Salon, Beyond MediSpa, Customer Services
WOMENSWEAR Leisurewear, Contemporary Collections, Denim Gallery, Lingerie, Hosiery, Swimwear, Shoes, Click + Collect, Style Advisors
WOMENSWEAR Designer Collections, Childrenswear and Children’s Shoes, Personal Shopping
WOMENSWEAR International Collections, Contemporary Collections, Designer Shoes, Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin
BEAUTY & ACCESSORIES Beauty, Perfumery, Beyond Beauty, International Handbags, Contemporary Handbags, Accessories, Jewellery, Sunglasses, Blink Brow Bar, Champagne Nail Bar
Lower Ground Floor
MENSWEAR International Collections, Casualwear, Formalwear, Shirts, Ties, Accessories, Shoes, Wagamama Restaurant
Lower Ground Floor 2
MENSWEAR Contemporary Collections, Denim, T-Shirt and Sneaker Galleries,
Location – 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1RT
Harrods is one of the most famous department stores in the world, it is located in Brompton Road in Knightsbridge. The store occupies a 5 acre site and has over a million square feet of selling space in over 330 departments, it is the largest department store in Europe.
Harrods was founded in 1834 by Charles Henry Harrod who had run a number of businesses all over London.
In 1849 he relocated to Brompton and took over a small shop on the site of the present store. Harrod’s son Charles Digby Harrod developed the business selling medicines, perfumes, stationary, fruit and vegetables. The great success of the store enables the store to expand as adjoining buildings were acquired. However the success was dampened by a fire in 1883 when the store burnt down, however this did not deter Charles Harrod who made sure all his orders were fulfilled on time.
A new building was built on the site and the store gained a reputation for being the local shop for the rich and famous. The store was the site of the first moving staircase or escalator in London 1898 although it was not an instant success as many customers were scared to use it.
In 1959 Harrods was bought by the House of Fraser group, and in 1985 the Fayed brothers bought the store.
From 1985 to 2010 Mohamed Al Fayed worked hard to consolidate Harrods position as one of the most famous stores in the world and make good its boast that it will provide the customer will almost any service for a price.
In 2010 Harrods was sold to Qatar Holdings for an estimated 1.5 Billion pounds.
Harrods has been the victim of a bomb attack when six people died in 1983 and has a high security presence due to the luxury goods on the premises.
Up to 300,000 customers visit the store on busy days, they are served 5000 staff in 330 departments. There are 32 restaurants, personal shopping, a bank, a barbers shop, amongst numerous other services.
Mon to Sat 10am-8pm