Not far from many Marriott properties in London is one of the greatest places to shop in the World!
There a many things that will make your shopping experience more enjoyable and I hope to share a few tips with you. One taxi driver told me that 40% of the people in Harrods are "Tourists", that number seems about right, so if you want to buy something, wonderful, if not just enjoy the glorious experience. One thing to expect, a crowd, and a noisy crowd, you will feel you are at a "United Nations" cocktail party. You will be able to determine some of the languages, but not all of them.
One thing that will help you is that Harrods will let you pay in US cash, or will at least offer you the opportunity to charge your cc in US dollars. Likewise, you will want to get a Harrods "Frequent shopper", black card. The card will allow you to accumulate points as well as afford you a chance to participated in their various free offers. Last year they gave away a cruise for two on the Nile River!
Do not be in a hurry, and grab a store guide during your visit. If you have a family or group, make a plan on where to meet should someone get lost. Yes, this place is huge and confusing, so a good place to "Meet up" is one place that is on the ground floor, and the only place in the store that is unique. It is the Princess Diana Memorial. It is worth a visit and most popular.
There are many "Breathtaking" sections in Harrods, here are a few!
Want to enjoy pizza made by an chef singing in Italian?
Would you like a $1000 Cuban cigar?
Caviar anyone? It is not cheap.
Enjoy a $2 doughnut!
The "Food Halls" are really beautiful and very busy!
This is my "Bag Lady", (Handbags, that is), say hi to Alyssa, (From New Hampshire) The Manager of the DKNY Dept., she has helped me with many a "Bag" that I love to give as gifts! Wonderful Staff at Harrods.
Lastly for that person who has everything, this is the "Perfect Gift." A crystal portrait of Muhammad Ally, Its a "Steal" for only 14,000 British Pounds ($22,600 US).
Enjoy your shopping at one of the greatest stores in the World!
I did not make it to Marks this past trip, but it is also a wonderful place to shop. (I really am not much of a shopper, but I do as I am told, do you know that feeling?) Marks is really upscale, here is a picture of how "Nice" they merchandise their goods. (Should have hid the Harrods shopping bag).
I actually had a personal shopper there as well as at Harrod's--you sit in a room and they bring things to you. Alas, like any well-heeled aristocrat I deigned to refuse a lot (but also bought a lot). Thanks to my UK friends for the experience. Now I am a Wal-Mart and Target shopper; how the mighty have fallen.
I still have the sit in room privledge at Saks 5th ave.. They also bring me a lunch or brunch of my preference. If I ask to see blue ties, they will literally bring 10-15 up for me to peruse.
Jerry probably knows what I mean as it is a benefit of Centurion card. They also park my car for free.
Have never had a "Personal shopper", and have no plans to ever use on. Al, I did't even know about the Sak's benefits for Centurions.
Have you ever got the 2 for 1 business class benefit? I have not.
Lastly, AMEX told me I could get someone on my card for $1500, but I don't need any more cards. I prefer to "Keep it simple" and have no balances due. I always pre-pay as soon as I charge things. I guess it is age?
I would first have to take out a loan from Jasper!
The card really comes in handy getting into places to dine (When I call directly, they are booked), when AMEX calls I have never been turned away. Good example is Mr. Chao's in Hollywood, they really treated me special, I really don't know why except for AMEX. Lastly, they are great at getting tickets for shows and events, especially pre-sales before the general public can get seats.
One downside, when you ask their travel dept. about booking travel, they tend to think you have an unlimited budget. I have to remind them I don't work for the GSA.
You could get one for me Jerry, and I'd take care of all your shopping. I'd be happy to do as I'm told!!
Also, I have seen mention of Hollywood by you a few times. Perhaps you would do us the pleasure of a Hollywood Post sometime in the near future, including some good Marriott recommendations.
Ha ha, Al! Thanks. I posted that to Jerry though, he's the one who mentions great stuff about Hollywood from time to time. Also, I posted that bit about giving me a card and shopping, the point being for those of us who can't afford to shop at Harrod's for ourself, doing someone else's shopping might at least be fun!
Seriously though, shopping is not a favorite past time of mine when traveling. My travel focus is usually on other stuff. (Except there is this one shop in Rome that sells the most exquisite alabaster pieces... I'm really hoping I can find it again on this next trip! Last time I bought a piece for my sister. This time I am hoping to purchase something for myself!)
The $1500 is on the grandfathered plan like we have, so it actually would be $1500 to add SS!
I like the personal shopper experience, and when I showed them the Centurion card at Saks, they sort of "freaked out" and said they had to go to a 4 hour training seminar on how to handle Centurion customers, and that I was the first they had ever seen. It was actually really funny, and went out of there way for me.
It was funny, as when I go there now, if I go out on the floor, a girl with a "tux" on will follow me around and carry a silver pitcher with water in it, and a crystal glass. Other people in the store look at me like "who is that guy", meanwhile, I could be wearing cut-off denim shorts and a sweatshirt! Quite a funny scene!!
I pay off my cards in full each month as well. It drives me crazy not to. I often make payments before the bill even closes for the month.
I have shopped there as well. Got a really nice black and silver ashtray for around $250. It is really nice though, and they gave me a free waterproof radio with the purchase, which I still use in my Jacuzzi to this day. It seems I only have to change the battery every 2 years, no kiddin'!
Just once I would like to have some Oysters at Harrods, but I can never find an empty seat! Matter of fact, I never see any empty seats in the food court.
Chris, I was there one Valentine's Day, that was a huge mistake, can you imagine that crowd. You need body armor, the crowd is so intense on most week-ends.
At least I got a picture of The Oyster Bar at Harrods
Check-out Printemps while in Paris, (If you can!), I just found it to be average compared to the leaders in London. Shopping is hard to beat in London, the other place I thought the shopping was wonderful was Berlin. Now they have some really wonderful and modern places that rival London.
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