It seemed appropriate that I end my British adventure with a bang. I had a number of gifts I needed to purchase, and Rachel had a “wish list” of teas and things she wanted. Not having had much opportunity to shop that week, as virtually all London stores close at 6:30 on most nights, Thursday night was the time to get things done, because most of the major department stores are open late — until around 8 or 9PM. So at the recommendation of a number of folks, I headed over to the legendary Harrods department store — owned by the notable Egyptian businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed (who’s son, Dodi, died in a Paris car crash with Princess Diana in 1997).
I knew that Harrods would be over the top, but I really wasn’t prepared for what was in store. Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link for more. You won’t be disappointed.
Driving in the cab to Harrods from Gresham Street I got to see some of London’s most famous sights, including the Ferris Wheel on the Thames river, the London Eye.
The Harrods department store, erected in Knightsbridge in 1849.
The entrance to the Food Halls
The food halls are quite magnificent in sheer size, let alone their opulence. This is just one of the several ballroom-sized areas where you can buy any kind of gourmet foodstuffs your heart desires, including places where you can sit down and eat prepared dishes.
The sushi area.
A small selection of chocolates.
The Godiva display.
More fine chocolates on display
A partial view of the fine teas area.
The fine teas counter.
A view of the coffee and tea area.
A very fancy coffee bean dispenser.
I started to get pretty peckish looking at all the food, so I approached one of the cafes, this one specializing in charcuterie and tapas.
Jamon Iberico! I have seen the promised land!
Jabugo Iberico. Not currently avaliable in the US, as it is undergoing FDA approval. That didn’t stop me from ordering a nice sandwich ($30!).
Iberico Ham Sandwich
Just a small selection of the fine cheeses avaliable, many of which are raw milk.
The nice counterperson is slicing up some Stilton for me to bring back to my hotel as a snack, along with some nice aged Cheddar.
Here’s a close-up of the Stilton.
And the English Cheddar, a 16-month old.
A view of the Charcuterie and pre-prepared foods area.
A view of the Cheese cafe.
A selection of European Butters.
A number of Biltongs for sale
Cured hams of all nations
It was pricey, but good.
More caviar and smoked salmon
Pre-prepared foods area
Scotch Beef and Dutch Veal roster
Land of Bacon