Last revised: May 30, 2006
| Our 6th day in London
was a day of more exploring this exciting
world-class city. We found more places that we wanted to visit
and come back to.
Of course, Harrod's (The
World's Most Famous Department Store) was
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church is recognized for its
tradition of tending to the poor and homeless since WWI.
The church, an early 18th-century masterpiece by James Gibbs has become a model for the Colonial style of church-
building in the United States. The 185-foot spire wasn't added until 1826.
in London's West End is their main venue for public rallies and protest
by John Nash, it is London's largest square. It is also the location of the city's largest New Year's Eve Celebration.
We selected the wrong day
(Saturday) to go to one of London's most famous
Harrods The place was extremely crowded, especially the 'Food Hall' (where else?). Weekends
bring out many shoppers from the UK as well as from France and Belgium (only 2 1/2 hours away by
EuroStar Train. This store is so famous it made its owner, Mohammed Al-Fayed, a global celebrity.
Guarding one of the many entrances is a wax figure of Mr. Al Fayed himself.
Karen was a 'wonderfully restrained shopper'. (She knew we had limited space in our luggage...)
One section of the huge
Legendary Food Hall! There are 28 restaurants in Harrods.
(Including: Starbucks, Harrods Chocolate Bar, Champagne and Oyster Bar, Sea Grill, Bagel Factory,
Green Man Pub, Morelli's Gelato, Krispy Kreme, Sushi Bar, Terrace Bar, Mo's Diner and much more...)
|In 1834, Founder Charles Henry Harrod
set up as a wholesale grocer in Stepney, with a special
interest in tea. In 1849, to escape the filth of the inner city and capitalise on trade to the Great
Exhibition of 1851 in nearby Hyde Park -- Harrod took over a small shop in the new district of
Knightsbridge on the site of the current store. In 1883, the store burnt to the ground, but a new
building immediately rose from the ashes, and soon it extended credit for the first time to its
best customers among them Oscar Wilde and legendary actresses Lilly Langtry and Ellen Terry.
You'll find over 300 departments on 7 floors.
We arranged a meeting place and I visited the 3rd floor bookstore and computers.
We found beautiful works of art and sculptures all over the store!
We heard beautiful music
from a man and a lady singing opera
near the escalators at the center of the store.
Karen waited until we were
leaving at Gatwick International Airport to get
one of the coveted green plastic Harrod's bags. (Chocolates and gifts!)
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