Visit London Blog » harrods Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Frozen Experience For Kids at Harrods’ Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:37:24 +0000 bibbidi

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrod’s

Looking for Christmas present ideas for wannabe princesses?

Young fans of the smash-hit animated movie Frozen can be transformed into Anna or Elsa in a brand-new magical fairy tale experience at Disney and Harrods’ Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

Geared towards three to 12-year-olds, I took my Frozen-mad three-year-old daughter along to the salon to be made-up like Let It Go-crooner and ice-wielding princess Elsa.

Set within an enchanting fairy tale castle in plush department store Harrods, the boutique is a frothy mix of dazzling dresses, chandeliers, hot pink chairs and shimmering accessories.

Assigned her very own fairy godmother-in-training, my tot was transformed into an Elsa-a-like with tonged hair, sparkling face-paint, nail varnish, a pretty puffy dress, silver party shoes and a crown, while being photographed by the boutique’s resident photographer.

Doing everything she could to make our daughter feel like a mini-princess, our friendly godmother-in-training stayed in character throughout the experience, which lasted around 30 minutes.

And there was an amazing goodie bag to take home which contained a photograph of the experience, must-have Anna and Elsa dolls, a cuddly toy of Olaf the snowman, a makeup bag, along with the shoes and dress.

Frozen experiences cost from £300. Other costume choices on offer include Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Tiana and Snow White.

]]> 0
Valentine’s Day Treats in London Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:07:37 +0000 If you’re seeking a unique way to say ‘I love you’ to your special someone, here are a handful of Valentine’s Day treats to sweeten up your loved one.

Houses of Parliament Guided Tour and Afternoon Tea
Combine a love for British history with a love for British tradition this Valentine’s weekend. Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, then the next day continue on into the weekend with a guided tour around the Houses of Parliament. Follow this grand occasion with afternoon tea in the elegant Pugin Room, overlooking the River Thames. The tour will take you into both the Commons and Lords’ Chambers. Saturday 15 Feb. The tour and afternoon tea are priced at £41.50. This offer is also available on 1 Feb, 8 Feb, 22 Feb and 1 Mar.

Fortnum and Mason Hamper
Treat you loved one to a touch of class with the Be My Valentine hamper from the traditional London store, Fortnum & Mason. The hamper is filled with a Marc de Champagne box of fine chocolates, Amber Rose body lotion, luxury bath truffles, and a bottle of personalised Fortnum’s rosé Champagne. Hamper priced at £100.

Candy Cakes
Sweet treat experts Candy Cakes in Baker Street have a heart-obsessed selection of cupcakes available in a variety of flavours: two Chocolate Passion, two First Love, two Red Velvet Valentine, one Strawberry Love, one Caramel Kiss and one Mocca Chocca Love. Box of nine priced at £21.55.

Godminster Heart-Shaped Cheese
Not all Valentine’s Day idea need to be sweet treats. For something truly original, take a look at the heart-shaped Godminster cheese pictured above. It will be available at department stores Harrods and Selfridges in vintage organic cheddar and organic brie flavours.

Veuve Clicquot Rosé and Marshmallows
Take your Valentine to any Aubaine restaurant in London during February and you could treat them to the gentle effervescence of Veuve Clicquot Rosé paired with three light lemon meringue marshmallows (pictured above). The experience is priced at £15.

Other Valentines Day ideas:
The Lyttleton restaurant at the The Stafford by Kempinski in St James is laying on a special Valentine’s afternoon tea including Pacific oyster-caviar and Laurent-Perrier Champagne for £42.50 per person.

It’s Chocolate week at Barts in Chelsea from 6 to 14 February. Alongside a number of love potions and alcoholic aphrodisiac cocktails, there will be chocolate fountains, chocolate face painting, cupid style fancy dress, romantic two-person sharing cocktails served in giant teapots, and Barts home brewed and handmade rum filled chocolates.

Asian restaurant and bar, Bam-Bou in Fitzrovia, has invited psychic counsellor, Susie Johns, to offer lovers one-on-one readings on the 4, 11, 18 Feb. The 15-minute reading and a Love Potion cocktail are priced at £25 per person.

More Valentine’s Day ideas

]]> 0
Best Bus Routes for Sightseeing in London Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:00:35 +0000

London’s famous double-decker buses are an ideal way to see the city if you’re on a budget. Buy a Travelcard for the day and take a self-guided city tour on London’s best bus routes. These four cover most of the major sights in the city. Their routes are described from west to east and the return journey passes the same sights in reverse.

Number 74
Starting in Putney, this route travels past London’s museums hub in South Kensington where the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum sit side by side. It then passes luxury department store Harrods and the boundary of one of London’s largest green spaces at Hyde Park Corner. You can catch a glimpse of The Dorchester hotel just after, followed by the famous haunt of public rhetoric – Speaker’s Corner at Marble Arch. The final stop is Baker Street, home to both the Madame Tussauds wax figure museum and the Sherlock Holmes Museum, at the site of the fictional detective’s residence.

Number 9
The number 9 is one of only two routes operating the old-style Routemaster buses on part of its route. Leaving from Hammersmith, it passes Kensington Palace (you’ll have to get off to see it) followed by the beautiful Royal Albert Hall and the monument to Queen Victoria’s husband which sits opposite it. Like the number 74, the 9 passes the museums in Kensington, Harrods and Hyde Park corner. It takes a different route afterwards to visit St James’s Palace, Trafalgar Square, The Savoy hotel and arts and cultural centre Somerset House.

Number RV1
The RV1 is a favourite route for us here at VL Towers! Despite being a single decker, it still passes through some of the best parts of London, giving you a great cultural tour of the city. Soak up some shops and street theatre at Covent Garden before taking the RV1. Hopping on it will take you to the South Bank where you’ll see the London Eye and Royal Festival Hall. The London Bridge stop is metres from the London Dungeon and City Hall is the next sight on the route, which crosses Tower Bridge to finish up at the Tower of London.

Number 24
The 24 sets off from Camden Town which offers alternative fashion and food. The bus then heads to the more mainstream Leicester Square in the centre, calling in at Trafalgar Square and Horse Guards Parade. The political heart of London is next as the bus passes Parliament Square where you’ll find Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, as well as the nearby Westminster Abbey where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married in 2011. The final site is the city’s policing headquarters at the iconic New Scotland Yard building.

]]> 3
Merry Christmas from! Wed, 25 Dec 2013 09:52:22 +0000

Merry Christmas from everyone at!

Wondering what to do today? You might be surprised to hear that several museums are open and some walking tours are operating. Don’t miss our Things to do in London on Christmas Day blog to find out more.

For things to do this weekend, read our What’s On 27-29 December blog. And if you fancy bagging some bargains, see our January sales dates for all major London stores, from Harrods to Liberty.

If you’ve still not made plans for New Year’s Eve, see our guides to New Year’s Eve Dining and Things to Do in London on New Year’s Eve. As it’s the ultimate party night in London, check out our round-up of New Year’s Eve Clubs.

And finally, if you’re travelling around London between 23 December and 1 January 2014, your journey may be affected by service changes. Visit TfL’s Festive Transport page for travel information.

]]> 2
What’s On This Weekend: 28-29 December Mon, 23 Dec 2013 10:00:09 +0000

That tricky weekend between Christmas and New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to be spent in a food coma watching all those comedy DVDs you were given on Wednesday. As always, there is lots to see and do in London, including Boxing Day sales and a medieval celebration at the Tower of London.

Boxing Day Sales

You may know them as the January sales, but many of the best shops, malls and department stores start their sales on 26 December. We have a guide to the sales dates and how to make the most of your shopping spree, including Westfield, Harvey Nichols and Harrods. From 26 Dec

Medieval Christmas at Tower of London

The Christmas events haven’t dried up just yet, as the Tower of London is putting on a special exhibition from 27 December. Head to the famous London landmark and be transported back to Christmas 1284, where the Norman court of the King of England Edward I is preparing to celebrate the festive season in the newly built White Tower, complete with disgruntled Saxon workers outside of the castle walls. 27-31 Dec


The Roundhouse welcomes back its fastest-ever selling show, Fuerzabruta, this week, making this the perfect weekend to see what all the fuss is about! The show defies a straightforward explanation as it blends special effects with amazing stunts and a nerve-shredding soundtrack, as actors appear all round the venue for what is a captivating spectacle. 23 Dec-2 Mar

Disney on Ice: Dare To Dream

Disney on Ice is back for a short run at The O2 Arena for a celebration of Disney Princesses new and old. Kids can see Rapunzel, Tiana, Cinderella and, of course, Snow White strut their stuff on the ice. 26 Dec-5 Jan

Catch an Exhibition

It’s a great time to check out an exhibition this weekend, as the museums should be quieter than usual. Our list of the top ten current exhibitions would be a good place to start, including Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Paul Smith and the Taylor Wessing Prize.

Spa Day

If you didn’t get that spa day you were hoping for, why not treat yourself to some post-Christmas pre-New Year’s pampering? We list London’s best spas and can think of little better to melt away the stress of stuffing the turkey and deciding where to go on NYE than a full body massage!

More London events

]]> 0
Christmas Family Events in London Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:00:07 +0000 School is almost out for Christmas and the holidays are here, so take a peek at our fun family activities and start making some festive plans!

Slava’s Snowshow at the Royal Festival Hall

Internationally-acclaimed spectacle Slava’s Snowshow is returning to London’s Royal Festival Hall this Christmas after a sell-out winter season in 2013. This award-winning show combines theatrical clowning and stunning spectacle to create a visual masterpiece loved by children and adults alike. 17 December to 6 January

Christmas at ZSL London Zoo

For a very merry day out, look no further than ZSL London Zoo – a winter wonderland in the heart of the city. Children can meet Santa himself and join in with a host of festive activities including gingerbread decorating. Another must-see this Christmas are the Zoo’s reindeers! Until 24 December

The Harrods Christmas Grotto 2013

A visit to The Harrods Christmas Grotto is the perfect way to start the festive season. Meet Father Christmas in a magical library setting. Children will be given an exclusive Harrods book, badge and Christmas chocolate. Until 24 December

Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Visit Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London –The Making of Harry Potter.  This special feature allows visitors to see the Harry Potter film sets as they would have been during Christmas scenes for the first film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. See the Great Hall decorated for a festive feast and sip butterbeer outside Privet Drive under light snow fall.  Until 2 February

Kensington State Apartments

Aimed at the whole family, young princes and princesses are invited to try their hand at the games of court in the King’s Gallery and the King’s Drawing Room at the Kensington State Apartments. Until 6 January

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

Festive family favourite Winter Wonderland has returned to London’s Hyde Park with ice skating, big top shows, the observation wheel and a huge Christmas market. Until 5 January

Seussical The Musical at the Arts Theatre

Prowling the stage in a colourful show for youngsters, the immortal creation of Dr Seuss is joined by his pal Horton the Elephant, who has discovered an entire small world passing by on a speck of dust. It’s Seussical The Musical of course! Until 5 January

Festive Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

This afternoon tea will bring out the kid in you! With golden eggs, gingerbread pops and playful flavoured candy floss, every item reflects the wit and wonder of Roald Dahl’s classic tale. Until 5 January

See more information about Christmas in London.

]]> 0
Visiting the Past: Christmas 1913 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 09:35:45 +0000 Tinplate Toy Horse c.1910

With the shadow of war not yet heavy enough to dampen the spirits, Londoners prepared for a magical Christmas in December 1913.

As the pantomime season swung into action so the West End department stores put on an equally dazzling show of toys and decorations that transported children into an enchanting world of fantasy and sparkle.

But despite these lavish displays, it was not the abundant Christmas bazaars of the department stores that caused greatest excitement for London’s children, but rather a trip east to the City where hundreds of the capital’s most ragged and desperate traders lined the streets selling penny toys and novelties from trays around their neck. In 1913, London’s most popular penny toys were made of tinplate and included a mechanical soccer game, a goose on wheels and a miniature game of billiards. Tinplate Mechanical Penny Toy Ferris Wheel

But while tinplate toys were the most sophisticated of the street sellers’ stock in trade, equally popular that year were fancy Japanese paper fans, and miniature animals modelled from the novel new material of celluloid, known today as


For many children, these penny toys were simply stocking fillers, opened eagerly but with one eye on the larger parcel nearby containing a train set or wax doll from Harrods or Selfridges. For poorer children, a single penny toy was the only present they could expect on Christmas Day. For the juvenile ‘gutter merchants’, the toys they sold were a lifeline: the difference between eating or going hungry that Christmas.

The children who clustered round the varied and plentiful trays of penny toys in 1913 had no idea that such delights would soon become a rarity. With the majority of toys being imported from Germany, France and Japan, the flow of such goods in London was abruptly interrupted with the outbreak of war. The young street hawkers found a new way to earn a living as conscripts on the Front Line and, for many of their child customers, the magic of Christmas was quickly shattered by the realities of war and the fracturing of family life.

Beverley Cook, Curator of Social and Working History, Museum of London

]]> 0
London Shopping News: London Designer Outlet, Harrods Christmas Parade, Old Spitalfields Market, La Maison Maille, Cath Kidston Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:34:44 +0000

From Harrods Christmas Parade to the opening of London’s first outlet shopping destination, this is an exciting time for the capital’s retail scene!

London Designer Outlet Opens

Listen up, bargain hunters! London’s first designer outlet shopping destination has opened in Wembley, with stores offering up to 70% off prices at leading high street shops. Boasting 85 outlets including Adidas, Gap, Guess, Phase Eight, Superdry, Clarks, Nike and M&S, the shopping centre also has a raft of restaurants and cafes, as well as a nine-screen cinema complex.

Harrods Christmas Parade

Get into the festive spirit this Saturday (2 November) by watching the glitzy Harrods Christmas Parade weave its way down Brompton Road. Beginning at 8am, onlookers can expect real-life reindeer, dancers, performers and a string of children’s favourites including SpongeBobSquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Wallace and Gromit and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Santa will enter Harrods at 8.50am to open the magical Christmas Grotto at 9am.

Cheese & Wine Festival at Spitalfields

Old Spitalfields Market will be heaving with wine, cheese and bread this weekend (1-2 November) for the Cheese & Wine Festival, and the Real Bread Festival. More than 40 artisan food companies will be taking part, including cheesemonger La Fromagerie, the bakery Flour Station and organic wine merchants Vintage Roots. 11am-7.30pm on Friday 1 November and 10am-7pm on Saturday 2 November

Mustard Shop La Maison Maille OpensLa Maison Maille boutique

Calling all foodies! A gourmet mustard boutique has opened in London’s West End. As well as selling Dijon Mustard, La Maison Maille sells 60 other varieties, from ‘parmesan and basil’ to ‘fig and coriander’. Traditional ceramic pumps are used to serve the fresh mustard, which is currently Chablis mustard with black truffle. Popular with royalty, La Maison Maille was founded in France 266 years ago.

Pop-up Barber Shop

Planning to cultivate a moustache for Movemder? Gillette is setting up a pop-up barbershop offering free hot towel shaves and moustache touch-ups for all those taking part in Movemder. The barber shop will host a number of events throughout the month including live acoustic sets, comedy nights and motivational evenings. 7 Earlham Street, Covent Garden.

Wine Car Boot

Taste, learn about and buy wine from nine of London’s best independent wine shops at the Wine C4r Boot. Open on Saturday 16 November from 12pm-6pm, the sale will take place at Arch E, Union Car Park, Great Suffolk Street, SE1 OUE. Tickets are £10 and include your first five tastings, a six bottle wine carrier and a tasting glass.

Beautiful Crime Launches Concept StoreMug Shot My Face - press image 2 David Bowie  Russell Marshall-250

Love art? Urban and contemporary art company Beautiful Crime is launching a concept store in Covent Garden on Friday 15 November to provide art fans the chance the buy rare works from big-name artists such as Jonathan Yeo, Tracey Emin, Mat Collishaw, Banksy, Eine, Jamie Reid, Charming Baker and Anthony Micallef. Other arty products, mugs, t-shirts and books will also be available from £10. There are works to suit all budgets, with prints and originals ranging from £30 up to £20,000. Located under the Lulu Guinness store, 17 Floral Street WC2E 9DH. Open until 29 December.

Cath Kidston Flagship Launches

Hyped as the “home of modern vintage”, Cath Kidston will open the doors to its new UK flagship store at 180 Piccadilly on 5 December.  The 7070sqft store will home accessories, vintage furniture and children’s clothes. It will also stock the exclusive Piccadilly Print, a never-seen-before design featuring all that is iconic about London life including pigeons and black taxis.


]]> 2
London Shopping News: Selfridges Christmas Shop, Urban Outfitters, Y-3, Konditor & Cook Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:05:37 +0000 From the opening of Selfridges Christmas shop to the launch of Urban Outfitters in Camden, here are the latest hot shopping happenings in London this week.

Selfridges Christmas Shop Opens

We might be in the midst of a balmy summer, but Selfridges has now opened its famous Christmas shop. Located on the fourth floor, the Christmas shop homes more than 1000 different types of baubles, wreaths and festive trees. For real wow factor, those with cash to splash can snap up a 6ft polar bear for £1,599. If you’re seeking a gift with a difference, 120 advent calendars are  sold across beauty, fashion, food and home. Harrods has also opened its Christmas shop.

In other Selfridges news, the department store has opened a new toyshop, also on level four. To make it easy to navigate, the toyshop has been split into seven zones that cover everything from the coolest tech gadgets to a girl’s emporium. Toys are priced from a pocket-friendly 99p to an eye-popping £24,499.

New Urban Outfitters for Camden

Hipster-favourite Urban Outfitters has opened a store in Camden. Sited in a former cinema opposite Camden Town tube station, this is the American retailer’s eighth store in London. Decked out with reclaimed wood floors and exposed brickwork walls, the warehouse-style shop is chock-full of homeware, own brand fashion and gifts.

Sports Shop for Covent Garden

Snap up some stylish sporty garb at Covent Garden’s newest shop Y-3, Yohji Yamamoto’s fashion line with Adidas. Situated in a grade II listed building, the shop stocks clothes, footwear and accessories.

Happy birthday, Konditor & Cook!

Finally, we would like to wish a very happy 20th birthday to luxury cake bakery Konditor & Cook. Founder Gerhard Jenne opened his first shop in 1993 in the backstreets of Waterloo. Famed for its scrumptious chocolate vanilla Curly Whirly cake, highly decorated cupcakes and well-stocked brownie bar, Konditor & Cook now have six London stores: in Borough Market, Curzon Soho, Chancery Lane, Waterloo, the Southbank and The Gherkin. Why not celebrate with the bakery by scoffing some sweet treats? After all, birthdays are simply nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake…

]]> 0
London Shopping News: House of Holland, Harrod’s Christmas Shop, Godiva, Harvey Nichols Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:48:24 +0000 From the opening of Harrods Christmas shop to designer fashion being flogged from the back of an ice-cream van, London has some fabulous shopping treats in store for you this week!

Christmas Arrives Early at Harrods

Christmas may be five months away, but Harrods has already opened its festive shop. The Christmas World department opened in the luxury store last week as shoppers have been soaking up blissfully tropical temperatures in the capital. Sited on the third floor of the Knightsbridge department store, the 2000-square foot space oozes wow-factor with a snow-globe village, a life-size alpine ski chalet and a replica of the Tower of London. It’s also heaving with Christmas cards, stocking fillers and decorations. Plush crackers can be snapped up from £14.99 to an eye-popping £1,299. If you have cash to splash, there’s a 6ft Santa Claus that could be yours for a cool £3,999. Also available are vintage-style festive decorations created by New York designer Eliot Raffit.

Henry Holland Tours London in an Ice-cream Van!

Roll up, roll up for Henry Holland’s Ice Cream van! Forget frozen treats, the fashion designer is touring the capital in a Mr Quiffy van – named after Holland’s voluminous hairstyle – with his ice-cream-inspired summer collection in the boot. Kicking off in Covent Garden, the roving pop-up will sell a House of Holland limited edition collection that includes everything from iPhone covers to signature slogan t-shirts, all priced from £15 to £150. There’s even a mirror at the back of the van for people who want to try clothes on. The mobile boutique will be in the Covent Garden Piazza on 2-3 August; Carnaby Street on 8-10 August; Monmouth Street, Seven Dials from 15-17 August and Spitalfields from 29-30 August.

Godiva in Covent Garden

Luxury chocolatier Godiva has opened a brand new store in Covent Garden’s Market Building. As well as stocking Godiva’s signature gold gift box collection, you can also indulge in chocolate bars, ice-cream and delicious strawberries dipped in chocolate. Yum!

Savile Row Tailor in Harvey Nichols

Calling all stylish men! Savile Row tailor Chester Barrie is to open a concession in Harvey Nichols’ flagship store in Knightsbridge tomorrow (August 1). Founded in 1935, the company offers ready-to-wear clothes, as well as bespoke tailoring.


]]> 0