the history of harrods
From tea trading to trendsetting, take a trip back
in time and see Harrods through the ages.
1850s - tea
Harrods' founder, Charles Henry Harrod, was a grocer and tea merchant. After opening in 1849, the tea counter soon made £200 per week. Today, Harrods stocks 165 teas, including the most expensive on earth.Shop Tea & Coffee
1870s - Wines & Spirits
Harrods began selling alcohol at the end of the 19th century. The Wine Shop was refurbished in 2011 and now includes the Nez du Vin aroma zone, wine tasting machines, a wine vault and a tasting bar.
1880s - Christmas
Charles Harrod's store was destroyed by fire just before Christmas in1883. Nevertheless, Harrods was still able to get all the Christmas hampers delivered on time.
1890s - Escalator
Britain's first moving staircase was installed in Harrods in November 1898. Shoppers flocked to the store and Cognac and smelling salts were available for the faint-hearted.Shop Spirits
1900s - Food Halls
In 1902, artist William Neatby designed the world famous Doulton tile decoration in Harrods Food Halls. The Food Halls are now Grade II-listed, meaning they cannot be altered because of historical importance.Shop Hampers
1910s - The Gem Room
In 1911, Harrods unveiled an extravagantly furnished Gem Room with ormolu fittings and marble clad walls. Seven decades later, the Fine Jewellery Room was created on Harrods' Ground Floor.Shop Accessories
1920s - The Harrods Bear
In 1921, a Harrods bear was bought for one-year-old Christopher Robin. He named it Winnie-the-Pooh, and the stories by his father, A.A. Milne, made it the most famous bear in the world.
Shop Harrods Bears
1930s - The Men's Shop
In 1930, Harrods was one of the first shops with a men's deprtment. Revamped between 2009 and 2010, there is now Tailoring and International Designerwear in addition to Casualwear and Contemporary clothing.Shop Menswear
In 1949, Harrods celebrated its first 100 years. A replica of Charles Harrod's original little Victorian shop was built in the store, and can still be viewed on Harrods' Ground Floor.
Shop Jubilee Collection
1950s - THE FRENCH ROOM
This coolly elegant room opened in 1950 as a showcase for haute couture at Harrods. Today, the whole of Harrods' First Floor is dedicated to Designer Womenswear.
1960s - Way In
Launched in the summer of 1967, the Way In boutique at Harrods was one of the hippest shops in Swinging London. Situated on the Fourth Floor, Way In still houses popular contemporary brands today.Shop Womenswear
1970s - Olympic Way
In 1976, Harrods launched the most modern sports department: Olympic Way. Among the experts dispensing advice was fitness guru David Prowse - soon to gain worldwide fame as Darth Vader in Star Wars.Shop Sport
1980s - perfumery hall
Opened in 1985, this opulent Art Deco style room is completely dedicated to leading fragrance brands.
1990s - Toy kingdom
In 1991, all children's departments moved to Fourth Floor, including the famous Toy Kingdom. Harrods currently houses one of the most comprehensive childrenswear departments in the world.Shop Toys
2000s - From the catwalk
In 2010 Harrods opened the International Designer Room. Situated on the First Floor, the chic space houses international fashion brands including Alaïa, Balenciaga, Céline and Yves Saint Laurent.Shop Womenswear