Christmas spirit at Harrods

I have never stayed near Knightsbridge before so I had never seen the gorgeous circus that is the Harrods store at Christmas. And as luck would have it, I found it completely by mistake. I went out for an evening walk from my hotel (the lovely Kensington Hotel) to check out the ice skating rink outside the Natural History Museum.

I go absolutely nuts for Christmas – but this combination put me over the edge a week before Thanksgiving, which is usually against the rules for me. I stopped at Starbucks to get a Chai Tea Latte {aka – drink of the gods}, already served in the Christmas-y red cup and wandered down the street to the rink. Next door, I found the V&A Museum and the evening was so nice that I decided to keep wandering down Brompton Road towards Knightsbridge. I rounded the corner and saw the circus in the distance. At least, that’s what I thought I saw… turns out it was Harrods.

Its window displays were over-the-top but absolutely gorgeous, themed for fairy tales and full of glittering ballgowns and sparkling shoes. I spotted quite a few awed faces that must have mirrored mine at finding the windows up so early.

Surrounding Harrods are a dozen other beautiful store windows, including Smythson {coveted handbag featured above}, Tommy Hilfiger {its gorgeous flagship store opened here last year… see the dog wearing the hunting cap above} and Chanel, whose bottle-shaped windows were filled with beautiful falling snow. {Side note: Doesn’t Brad Pitt look a bit old in these ads?}

Highly worth a visit for a nighttime stroll to get you in the Christmas spirit. I’m already there more than a full month early.

You can find Harrods London at 87-135 Brompton Road, between the South Kensington and Knightsbridge metro stops. 

  1. Michael said:

    The shops in London open the Christmas departments ever earlier. I’ve witnessed Santa’s and deer-sledges in Selfridges as early as August.

  2. I have never seen Harrods at Christmas, as I have never been in London during that time of the year. When I was there this summer they had the Golden Jubilee theme and the windows were oh so pretty.

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