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Not everyone knows that one of the main attractions of London, along with Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, is an ordinary department store. Harrods is a luxury shopping center similar to Moscow's Central Department Store. It is located in the western part of the city in the Kensington area on Brompton Road.
Harrods fashion boutiques are visited as if they were a museum. Any product here can be considered a work of art. Designer clothes, collection wine, expensive restaurants, jewelry and luxury cosmetics with an impressive price tag can impress any tourist. By the way, the interior of the stores also resembles an exhibition hall; it is decorated with pharaohs, obelisks, exquisite furniture, Baroque interior items, fabulous chandeliers and canvases framed with gold frames.
The department store's foundation date also goes back centuries. Harrods was created by an enterprising young gentleman named Henry Harrod, who opened his tea and grocery business in the early 19th century. By the end of the century, the small shop had grown to the size of a large department store.
Since the opening of Harrods, such famous people as Oscar Wilde, Charlie Chaplin, Gertrude Lawrence, Ellen Terry, Sigmund Freud, Alexander Milne, Noel Coward, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, the royal couple, and also Elton John, Madonna, Princess Diana and Roman Abramovich.
The motto of the shopping center has become a Latin dictum, which translates as"Everyone, everyone and absolutely everything.""Absolutely everything" is located on an area of 90 thousand square meters in 330 sales departments. More than five thousand people are engaged in the sale of luxury. They run the stores of the world's leading brands: Escada, Diesel, Nina Ricci, Gant, Stella McCartney, Junk de Luxe, Tory Burch, Mulberry and other popular brands. In addition to elite boutiques, Harrods department store has restaurants, a bank, and the largest European beauty salon “Hair and Beauty”, which employs 40 beauty specialists at once. Every day, the shopping center is visited by about 300 thousand customers.
The department store is especially proud of the escalator, which is considered the first such structure to appear in the UK. It is known that the brave ones who were fortunate enough to be the first to try a technological novelty, upon completing the move to the next floor, asked for brandy to calm their nerves. The shopping center now houses an escalator decorated with gilded hieroglyphs. The new escalator is included in the list of British heritage sites.
For tourists, who are going to see Harrods should be aware of the dress code. The world of luxury is not available to people in unkempt clothes, beach suits or tracksuits.
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