If you ask me to list the places where I usually hang out, I only have 3 answers for you:
- House – my work area or living room
- coffee shop
- Shopping Mall
Even when I was still in Manila, my workplace was my second home and when I feel like walking, I would go to the nearest mall or have my book and read it in a coffee shop. For me, malls are like a one-stop-shop – you can buy stuff, eat, have coffee and maybe watch some movies to relax. A good place to hang out or catch up with your loved ones.
Talking about malls, Singapore has a lot of it. I think most of the MRT stations are connected to a mall where you can find your basic stuff. But if you are eyeing for high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Prada, then you can always go to the city center where Orchard is located. The place itself is a shopping haven and you can use up your entire day going around, visiting the branded stores. Just be ready with your credit cards because you will be tempted to buy something for sure. 🙂
Travel will not be complete if you do not go shopping, or at least get some souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones, right? Since Harrod’s is one of the must-visit places in London and it is a shopping mall, I made sure that it’s on my list. Harrod’s is located at the Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London. I actually visited this luxury department store twice during our visit.
On my first visit, I was alone and my initial impression: OVERWHELMING.
With seven floors and so many brands, I do not know where to go first. When I entered the department store, what greeted me was the Cosmetics and Perfume section where brands such as MAC, YSL, and the likes are found.
I started going around and checked out the bags and other luxury items they have on display. At that time, I have eyes on the Celine luggage tote and I read from fashion forums that it is ideal to buy these brands in Europe than in Asia because you can save a lot.
With my pounding heart and sweaty palms (I am like this if I am very excited about something, haha), I checked the luggage tote with the help of Celine’s wonderful Sales Assistant (SA). They were actually very busy as the rest of the people in their shop was actually buying. They are sure buyers but just cannot decide which color to get. Some may even buy more than one item. Unlike me, I was just there to have a see-and-feel of the bag and ask the price, and I think SAs are trained to know if a customer looks like a buyer or just a looker. Despite that, the SA flashed her best smile and assisted me, without giving me the judging look. I really love that and as a potential customer, it made me feel better. Their customer service was impeccable.
After reaching the 5th floor of this iconic building, I decided to go down because I was already feeling intimidated. If you personally know me, I’m not the type who gets intimidated easily, but being in a room with exclusive brands such as Oscar Dela Renta and Carolina Herrera around you and few people who were shopping, I think you would understand how I felt that time. 🙂
On the second floor, I read a sign which says The Food Hall and so I checked out what was in there and it was like a mini-Willy Wonka land! So many chocolates; lots and lots of chocolate! Also, there was a station of the famous TWG station and Harrod’s exclusive teas and coffees.
While deciding which chocolate to pick, this gentleman with a hat (see his photo above) offered me to try their chocolates and I did. It was delish! He mentioned that all chocolates sold at Harrod’s are personally selected by Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II. WOW. With packs of Godiva minibars and variety of Prestat chocolate bars, I went home with a smile.
On my second visit, I was more relaxed and this time, I bought a couple of Longchamp bags as favor for my colleague. After that, I went a few rounds in the department store and waited for the mister because we want to try Harrod’s SteakHouse at the Food Hall. We ordered a sirloin steak for sharing and it was a very filling and I must say worth the price.
If you will travel to London, I recommend that you visit this famous upmarket department store and get your teas, coffees and chocolates from here. You will not regret it, I promise. 😀
Here are some of the important details that you may want to know:
– “Refrain from wearing clothing which may reveal intimate parts of the body, or which portrays offensive pictures or writing.
– Refrain from wearing crash helmets in the store.
– Carry small rucksacks in your hand or on your front rather than on your back or shoulder. This is both to prevent damage to displays and for the comfort of all our customers. Harrods provides a Left Luggage service (see above) where large bags and rucksacks can be left.“
The rest of their Visitor’s Guidelines are stated here for your reference:
87-135 Brompton Road, London SW1X 7XL, United Kingdom
Mondays to Saturdays: 10.00am – 8.00pm
Sundays: 11.30am* – 6.00pm
Until next time!
I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.
–Mary Anne Radmacher