Harrods the iconic department store in Knightsbridge London. Last time I went with my husband; I cannot even remember, he had to remind me; we walked in and could not even afford a shopping bag.
In 13 days I take flight home to England to see my Mum (AKA MOM). Yesterday was her birthday so we chatted about what to do on my visit. I have decided a late birthday treat shall be to catch a train to London and go and visit Harrods. Whether we shop, browse or even have lunch, it's going to be fun! She has not been for a long time but she does know if you buy a pound of "tomahtoes" not "tomaytoes", you'll be given a Harrods bag! Great marketing.
Harrods is right next door to Hyde Park, so we'll take a wander through that too, it's similar to Central Park in New York. I used to walk through the park to work everyday. It is big and joined with Kensington Gardens.
Back when I was 17, I worked for the corporation that owned Harrods. I worked at a department store on the well known Oxford St. It's a bit like Michigan Ave in downtown Chicago. Although I have to say the window shopping is much better in London. Things have now changed and Harrods is owned by Qatar Investment Authority, sold to them by the Fayed family in 2010. (Wonder how much that cost!!)
The trip to London is really easy from my Mum's house by train, so I am not going to mess with driving and traffic. I have asked my Mum where else she would like to go, maybe to Bath or somewhere else I have never been. England is not a big country so we can go anywhere, as long as there is a purpose to the trip. If that happens to be going to pubs and hotels for lunch, well that's fine too, we do that a lot on my visits.
So wish me well at Harrods, I can afford a shopping bag this time but would like to find something really unique to bring home as well.