Shopping with Classe

 

Paris has Les Galeries Lafayette, New York has Bloomingdales, but in London we have the shiny and eternal Harrods! Harrods is sparkling from every corner; from high tea to diamonds you will forever be dazzled by that surrealistic department store.

But here’s few fun facts you probably don’t know about Harrods:

• Harrods was first established in London Stepney Green as a tea merchant and grocery store.

• Winnie-the-Pooh was found in Harrods.

• An Egyptian cobra once has been hired to guard a £62,000 pair of of haute couture ruby-sapphire-and diamond-encrusted sandals.

• A silver replica of Harrods is on display on the store’s lower ground floor. This was a gift from Gordon Selfridge when he lost a bet with the Harrods managing director.

• You can buy gold bullion off the shelf.

• Noel Coward, writer and playwright bought an alligator in Harrods Pet Shop one Christmas. A baby elephant was also sold by Harrods as a present to Ronald Reagan.

• Have you heard about the story of Christian the lion? Bought in Harrods in the late sixties and release in Kenya years after?  If not, that’s a great story including a happy ending. >  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvCjyWp3rEk

Camille Regnier
Written by: Camille Regnier

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