Guests at The Beaufort are lucky enough to have theshoppers’ paradise, Harrods, practically on their doorstep.
Established in 1849 by Charles Henry Harrod, this retail giant experienced relatively humble beginnings as a single room with only two assistants and a messenger boy as employees, mainly selling tea and groceries.
Over 150 years later, the store’s legendary strapline Omnia Omnibus Ubique – All Things for All People, Everywhere – couldn’t ring more true. Today this iconic building houses 330 different departments arranged over 7 floors attracting over 15 million visitors a year.
Over the course of its meteoric rise, Harrods has laid claim to a record number of achievements. The store had one of the world’s first escalators installed in 1898, sold a baby lion named Christian to the Australian John Rendall in 1969 and in 1986 introduced a controversial ‘dress code’ which banned shoppers from wearing high-cut beach shorts, swimwear, cycling shorts and flip flops into the store.
We all know that no trip to our splendid capital is complete without a suitcase full of dark green and gold Harrod’s shopping bags.