Covering over one million square feet and employing 5000 people, it’s no surprise that Harrods is pegged as the world’s most famous luxury department store. The upscale store is located on Brompton Road in Kensington, not too far from the V&A and the Natural History Museum.

When you visit, be sure to give yourself enough time to explore the whole store and take the snaking escalator (which mimics the curving Nile river) up to each floor. There’s a memorial to Dodi Al-Fayed and Princess Diana in the basement, since the son of Mohamed Al-Fayed, who owned Harrod’s for 25 years, was killed in the limousine with Princess Di. Pet Kingdom on the fourth floor is probably the only place in London where you can find French bulldogs for £2,500. The international designer floor houses famous designers like Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Missoni.

Since the majority of the goods at Harrods are quite expensive, the Food Hall – which offers just about everything you could think of – is a more reasonable way to go. To satisfy your sweet tooth, check out the iconic French macarons at Ladureé café or cupcakes from Lola’s. You won’t break the bank, but you’ll still get to walk out with one of the signature green and gold bags.

Tube stop: Knightsbridge

– Heather Riske

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