Since opening its doors in 1849, Harrods has become one of the world's best-known department stores offering a glittering array of goods over an impressive seven floors. Don't be put off with by the store's fashionable location in well-heeled Knightsbridge, or its liveried door staff. Harrods may cater for the rich and famous but there are still bargains to be had, if you know where to look.
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Bag a bargain without leaving your armchair. If you can't make it to SW1 in person, Harrods' website boasts some great money-off bargains. Even better, take advantage of the store's regular "free delivery" offers. Signing up for the Harrods' newsletter puts you ahead of the game.
Make the most of Harrods' twice-yearly sales. Doors open at 10am on Boxing Day. Be prepared to queue from the early hours (luckily, street artists are laid on to provide entertainment). Bargains can include 90 percent discounts. The summer sale starts in June, check the website to find out the exact date.
Take advantage of the competitions Harrods runs on its social media sites, which can see entrants win £1,000 to spend in store. Sign up to Harrods’ Facebook page and Twitter account for details. Harrods has a tiered loyalty card, the more you spend in a calendar year the higher the tier and the more points you earn. Apply in store or online.
Get cheeky by asking sales staff for a discount. In tough times more and more high-end retailers are striking deals. If an item has already been discounted the chances are there's more flexibility on price. Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis, says: "Remember, do it with humour, do it with style and there's no price or suggestion too outrageous. You can haggle virtually anywhere for anything."
Tips and warnings
- Check out at a silver replica of the store housed on its lower-ground floor. The statue was payback from Gordon Selfridge after he lost a bet as to which store, Harrods or Selfridge’s, would turn the most profit in 1927.
- Take a trip on Harrods' escalator, the first to be installed in Britain in 1898. At the time customers were offered a glass of brandy at the top to steady their nerves.
- Visit the sumptuous Egyptian hall on the ground and lower-ground floor. The Egyptian escalators were installed in 1991 and cost 20 million pounds. Hieroglyphics on each storey represent the merchandise sold on that floor.