First stop, Harrods, the famous London department store in Knightsbridge, with over 1 million square feet of retail space on a 5 acre site.
We pass through the specialty shops at the entrance and head into the food court to admire the offerings, ranging from fresh meats and seafood to teas and spices to full prepared meals, with food to go or counter and table service for dining in.
Harrods food court offerings
One of my favorites is the Beijing Duck Kit, with a whole duck, 18 pancakes, cucumber, spring onions, and hoisin sauce.
Beijing duck kit
We take the beautiful old escalator up several floors and find the art section, which has a wide variety of styles and prices, including a Picasso for several hundred thousand pounds/dollars. This is a small museum!
Harrods art department
We don't purchase any art today, but our next stop is Harrod's Christmas World, where we shop for ornaments (more in our price range).
Harrods Christmas World
We acquire our ornaments and then wander through more merchandise departments (ranging from full kitchens to books and flowers, tea shops, and other retail experiences) and eventually end up back at the food court, where every spot at the lunch counters is taken.
Ok, no seats left at Harrods for lunch, let's go to Harvey Nichols, another grand department store down the street. We stroll two blocks over, take the elevator up to Harvey Nichols Food Market and settle into Zelman Meats for a wagu beef burger and a bottle of wine.
Lunch at Zelman Meats in Harvey Nichols
Food market at Harvey Nichols