A Harrods Christmas {a Christmas Eve tour}

A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
(please note, all these pics were taken with my iPhone)  Smile
 
I thought I would take a little break from decorating tonight, and take you along on a little tour of a little shop.
 
In England.
 
London, England, that is.
 
This time last year, The Hubbs and I were preparing for a 10-day Christmas trip to England.  We rented a car and drove
through the Cotswolds.  You can read about some of the towns we visited HERE and HERE and HERE, Hever Castle
(my fave!).
 
After touring for eight memory-filled days in the countryside of England, we headed back to the city to spend Christmas
Eve and Christmas Day in London.  Can you imagine waking in the morning after a full English breakfast, and your
husband asking “what do you have planned for the day?”
 
In which I replied, “Oh, I am going to go shopping and have tea at Harrods.”  :-)
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
And that’s just what I did.  This trip was the 7th or 8th time we had been to London.  I’ve really lost count.  But,
there is something about Harrods that always brings me back.
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
So while The Hubbs did some sight-seeing on his own,  I explored seven floors and over 1 million square feet
(yes, I said million!)  You can easily understand how:
 
 a) you can get literally lost in the store, and you need a map to figure out where things are.
b) you could spend all day there and still not see it all.
c) you could spend a small fortune there.
 
Luckily for my debit card, I only did A and B.
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
Now some of you would no doubt spend a lot of time here…
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
(that’s me, self-portrait time.)  :-D
 
…and you may wander within this section…
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
- or this section…
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
…and shop for this -
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
- or maybe this…
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
But, not me. No, not me.  The area of Harrods that thrills me the most – the area which enthralls me to no end, is…
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
The Grocery Store.  Yes, the food market.
 
(sorry about these pics, by the way.  They were taken with my iphone.)
 
Did you even know Harrods had a grocery store?
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
It’s the most fascinating place I have ever seen.  It is huge.  Beyond huge.  It is HUGE!
 
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home

 

And I have never seen food displayed so beautifully.  I could imagine setting up an easel and painting some of these displays.  :)
 
It is arranged in sections within massive rooms.
 
Within each section, there are small eateries and cafes.  For example, there is this section…
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
Seafood.  Cooked or fresh. Just mouth watering.
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
Anything you can imagine – from yummy smoked fish and shellfish to caviar.
 
And I love how all of the attendants are so darned handsome in their uniforms.  
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
You could partake of the yumminess from the sea if desired.
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
The part that fascinated me was that there were lots of people that day shopping for their Christmas Eve and Christmas Day feasts.  And also for Boxing Day, which is the day after Christmas and also when all shops are closed. 
(Imagine that!  Retail stores closed on holidays.)
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
Everyone was bustling about with small
 hand-carry baskets (no buggies).  Even I could not resist picking up a few things to take back to our hotel.
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
Like some yummy pastries and breads.
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
You cannot imagine how magnificent this section smelled.  Scents of warm, freshly baked bread  just emanated all around. 
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
I also bought some paté.  Ohhhh, do we love paté.
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
There was also foíe gras.  
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
I loved reading the signs.  “Stuffed Forest Duck with Pistachios.”  I don’t know about you, but our local Piggly Wiggly doesn’t carry this item.  :-D
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
And my butcher doesn’t wear these cute hats.
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
And look at these beautiful hams.
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
I love this charming area where you could have lunch…
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
I forgot to mention how beautiful these spaces were.  Not only was there a visual feast at every turn, the scenery above wasn’t too shabby, either. 
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
Then, there were all the fruits and veggies…
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
And when shopping for your Christmas dinner, you need pretty flowers, too. 
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
…berries anyone?
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
Then, there were mini sections within the sections…
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
Candy or chocolates, anyone?
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
Maybe you need some tea?  It is England, after all.
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
Or, maybe you prefer some fine coffees from around the world.
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
Got Jam?
 
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
I spent way too long just walking around, taking it all in.  I hurriedly paid for my small basket of items so I could go enjoy my “Tea at Harrods.”  Before I left, I made a little trip down the Hall of Bears…
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
In case you cannot tell how large these are….
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
I am 5’4.  They were taller than me.  :)
 
I bought the smaller ornament versions in The Christmas Shop. 
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
I met Bill at a local pub for a lunch of Bangers and Mash with Guinness Gravy (our fave)…and later that evening we spent the most memorable and moving Christmas Eve at Westminster Abbey.
  
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
The boy’s choir with their angelic voices cannot be described.  And hearing these songs, some of them sang in Latin, surrounded by the century old walls of this beautiful Cathedral where Kings and Queens are buried… was more than surreal.
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
 
We have a silly tradition.  We always take a 
“self-portrait” wherever we go.  Here we are getting ready to go inside for the Christmas Eve Service. 
 
A Christmas Eve Tour of Harrods of London by The Everyday Home
(Big Ben at Night)
 
I hope you enjoyed this Christmas Eve tour of Harrods.  Tomorrow, we are back to Christmas decorations.
 
In a few days, I will share our trip to Selfridges and show you our London hotel room, too. :)
 
xxoo
 

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Comments

  1. I had ice cream at Harrod’s. In retrospect, that was stupid — with all of the wonderful food there, I could have waited to get home to have ice cream. I’m telling you — STUPID!! Sally

  2. Oh my goodness, what a fabulous, FABULOUS trip. And…Westminster Abbey on Christmas Eve? Definitely a bucket list item! Thank you for sharing this with us!
    Nancy

  3. What a wonderful post, I feel like I’ve been there!

  4. hello,
    Your blog is very cute. I’ve just made a post about harrods window displays . I’ll be happy if you check out my blog too=)

  5. Barb, so glad you shared these pictures with us!! We did not have a chance to go to Harrods while in London so this is extra special to me. It reminds me so much of the Bon Marche in Paris. The food store was one of my favorites too. Everything is so beautifully displayed. I feel extra special having some Earl Grey tea from Harrods even though I did not get to go myself! xo Kathysue

  6. Oh, I always wanted to go to London and go the the famous Harrods..among many other places!!! :)

  7. I felt like I was right there with you. What a wonderful tour. I had no idea they had a grocers and eatery inside the store! What a great experience and I can only imagine Christmas Eve in that cathedral. xo Diana

  8. Oh my word, I would love to have been there. I could almost smell all the wonderful breads and food. It is totally amazing. Thanks for the tour. Hugs, Marty

  9. Great post. I enjoyed every minute. Hopefully I’ll get to go to England one day. I finally got to go to Paris last fall and am going back to France twice this year.

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