Harrods is one of the best and possibly the most
well known department store in the world.
It started as a family grocery store in 1849 with only two people working there. Now Harrods employs over 3000
staff. The stores
omnia omnibus ubique - everything for everyone everywhere. It is one of the best places in London to go
window shopping and to look at the luxury goods on sale (but don’t look at the
The Harrods food hall is full of all kinds of gourmet food, which is presented in a fantastically creative and appetising way. There are up to 110 types of fish and over 150 types of bread. In the cheese section you can find about 350 varieties of cheese from 15 different countries.
If you feel hungry, there are 22 restaurants to choose from, and if you need something to wear, go to one of the 7 floors of expensive and fashionable designer clothes. There’s also a beauty salon, a pet shop, a furniture department, cosmetics, fine jewellery and lots of wonderful toys. Everything you would expect to find in a department store is here, and more!
Harrods is owned by Egyptian Mohammed Al Fayed, whose son Dodi was killed in a car accident in August 1997 together with Princess Diana. In the
basement there is a
tribute to Dodi and Diana. It is the only place in Harrods where you are allowed to take photos.
Harrods is a shopping experience, and definitely recommended if you are a tourist in London.
However, you will probably be able to find things cheaper in other shops, unless of course you want one of Harrods famous green plastic bags!
Find these words in the text
and guess their meaning from the 3 possibilities. Use the context to help you.
What do the following numbers refer to in the text?.
Match the questions below with the following information on Harrods. Follow the example. Relaciona las preguntas sobre Harrods con la información que corresponde. Sigue el
1. Harrods is located on the Brompton Road in the Knightsbridge area of Central London. It is easily accessible by public transport. Knightsbridge London Underground Station is very close to the store, and it is on the (blue) Piccadilly Line.
London Bus routes C1, 74 & 14 all have stops on the Brompton Road & routes 9, 10, 19, 22, 52, & 137 will all take you to the Knightsbridge area of London. The stops are a short walk from the store.
2.The store's normal opening hours are 10.00am to 7.00pm Monday to Saturday.
3. Harrods holds two sales each year, a Winter Sale in January and a Summer Sale in July
4. Yes, you can. Things you buy may be exchanged or refunded within 28 days of purchase. But you must return what you buy in the same condition as when you bought it. You cannot return things like beds, perfume, swimwear, food, wine, woodwind instruments, newspapers and magazines.
5. Harrods produces 4 main catalogues each year. They are:
The July Sale
The Christmas Gift Catalogue
The Christmas Hamper & Gift Boxes
The January Sale.
To receive a copy of a current publication if available or to request that your details are included on our mailing list, please contact our Direct Mail department with your mailing address by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 8479 5261
6. No, you can’t! Harrods has a dress code which means you may not be allowed in the store if you are wearing shorts, athletic singlets, sandles, torn jeans or dirty clothes. Backpacks are not allowed either.
'Department store' es el término para denominar los grandes
almacenes (department hace alusión a su división en varias secciones
Algunas de las secciones habituales en unos grandes almacenes incluyen el
Hosiery Department Sección
de Artículos de Punto
pero no siempre es así, y muchas de las secciones solamente se indican
con el plural de los objetos que en ellas se venden:
En ocasiones, se acompaña de la palabra 'goods' (artículos, productos,
Si estás buscando una corbata tendrás que preguntar por la sección de
ropa de hombre ('menswear').
Excuse me, what floor is the menswear on? Perdone, ¿en qué planta está la sección de ropa de caballero?
En cambio, las secciones de ropa de mujer y para niño reciben el nombre
de 'ladieswear' y 'childrenswear' respectivamente.
Observa que las tres son palabras compuestas en las que la primera parte
utiliza el genitivo sajón. Por ello 'children' que es un plural irregular
se escribe con la 's' añadida.
El acceso a cada planta se realiza a través de ascensores ('lifts'
o 'elevators' en USA) y de escaleras mecánicas ('escalators').
Procura no gastar demasiado. Y sobre todo, no olvides tu ticket de compra ('receipt').