Department Store in Kensington & Hyde Park

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Garish and stylish in equal measure, perennially crowded Harrods is an obligatory stop for visitors, from the cash-strapped to the big spenders. The stock is astonishing, as are many of the price tags. High on kitsch, the ‘Egyptian Elevator’ resembles something out of an Indiana Jones epic, while the memorial fountain to Dodi and Di (lower ground floor) merely adds surrealism.

Many visitors don't make it past the ground floor where designer bags, myriad scents from the perfume hall and the mouthwatering counters of the food hall provide plenty of entertainment. The food hall actually makes for an excellent and surprisingly affordable option for a picnic in nearby Hyde Park. It's browsing time only from 11.30am to noon on Sundays.