Tea and sweets at Harrods
Kensington, London, England
Iconic to London, England is Harrods department store, lit like a Christmas tree with the United Kingdom flag flying proudly atop the building, Harrods is a mandatory destination for any tourists and even locals. The high end department store has a long history, originally opened in 1824 by 25-year-old, Charles Henry Harrod, Harrods has changed owners five times since. Harrods is currently owned by Qatar Holdings, prior to that, the store was owned by Mohamed Al-Fayed whose late son, Dodi Al-Fayed was Princess Diana’s lover. A Dodi and Diana memorial can still be seen at Harrods today.
I only visited the first few floors of Harrods but I was already in awe of the grandiose Ancient Egyptian themed decor, pillars inscribed with hieroglyphs and golden pharaohs are found throughout the clothing, shoes and handbag departments of Harrods.
The sweets and tea department is set up like an old-style candy shop. Employees wear white boater hats, waistcoats (what we call vests in Canada) over dress shirts and you can buy anything from beautiful Harrods tins of loose leaf teas to truffles or even pretty marzipan fruit from this department. It’s a great place to snack and shop for gifts. I was much too stuffed from High Tea at Harvey Nichols to try any sweets but below are some photos that might make your mouth water.