5 amazing facts about Harrods

By Tatjana Apukhtina:

For all of you who have never heard about Harrods – it’s this incredible department store, situated in the heart of Knightsbridge, one of the most beautiful districts of London.
Harrods is one of the oldest, most luxurious, most remarkable department stores in the whole world. It’s as much a tourist attraction as a heaven for shopaholics.

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Here are some fun facts you should know about Harrods:

  1. Harrod’s official motto is Omnia Omnibus Ubique, which is Latin for ‘All Things for All People, Everywhere’. Historically it meant that you could buy anything in Harrods, starting with food, jewellery, clothes, furnishings and even pets. Famous English playwrighter Noël Coward once bought an alligator for Christmas.
  1. Girls – Shoe Heaven actually exists and it’s located on the fifth floor of the store’s gigantic 90,000m2 retail space.
  1. Harrods once hired a live Egyptian cobra to guard a £62,000 pair of of haute couture ruby-sapphire-and diamond-encrusted sandals.
  1. It takes over 12,000 light bulbs to illuminate the famous facade of the store.
  1. At the end of the Egyptian Escalator you can find the Lady Di and Dodi Fayed (the son of the former Harrods owner and Diana’s lover) memorial where hundreds of people come to pay respect to the couple that died in a car crash in 1992.

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Tatjana Apukhtina