As those near and dear to me know, Harrods is – quite simply put – my happy place… and not just by pandering to my penchant for pretty handbags and glad rags.
Truth is, the department store is also something of an epicurean haven housing an astonishingly large number of cafes, restaurants, pop-ups and even bars! So if you’re heading over there for a spot of seasonal shopping, here are my top picks for where to eat and make merry too…
Tartufi and Friends
The London-based outlet of the Italian truffle lounge (from Milan and Rome) epitomises everything I unabashedly love about Harrods – from its handsome yet inviting feel, to the unapologetic extravagance of an #AllTruffleEverything menu…
… It’s not too much (in case you were wondering) as the rich earthiness of the truffles is delicately balanced by softer and more soothing textures.
Think black truffles liberally shaved over anything and everything, from scrambled eggs and creamy burrata to cheese fondue and pizza. Even the desserts have a hedonistic edge, suffused as they are with a truffle-infused honey!
And it’s definitely worth a wander through the neighbouring wine and spirits department after, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the value propositions you’ll find here.
The Pizzeria is another favourite, especially over the weekend when you’re guaranteed a dramatically lovely afternoon replete with Italian arias and other soulful renditions by the affable head chef…
The pizzas never disappoint either and neither does the truffle (yes, more!) mac n cheese, especially when washed down with a glass of Chianti Classico!
Then there’s the bustling Food Hall, where you can also feed your sushi fix at Pan Chai along with other exemplary Pan Asian dishes. (Full review, here).
While they don’t have any desserts on the menu, it’s worth saving room anyways as Harrods is bursting to the brim with all manners of sweet treats…
Macarons and other quintessential Parisian pastries in the dollhouse-esque setting at La Durée are ALWAYS a good idea.
But if its the full works you’re after, then head upstairs to the iconic Georgian restaurant on the fourth floor of the store. Open since 1913, the capacious room underwent a recent redesign to restore that impossibly glamorous air of 1920s and ’30s elegance.
It’s the perfect setting for a traditional afternoon tea, albeit with a twist… This year alone, I’ve enjoyed a floral-inspired tea (celebrating the Chelsea Flower Show) in the adjoining Conservatory…
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Escaped grey London for the sunniest afternoon @Harrods, previewing the exquisite Floral #AfternoonTea – soon to launch on 4th May in the Conservatory! Sharing the full experience on the blog tomorrow… #Harrods #HarrodsGarden #HarrodsFood #TeaTime #TopLondonRestaurants #TheFoodieDiariesLondon
… And a cocoa extravaganza to celebrate #ChocolateWeek!
Hot Chocolate Time
Speaking of cocoa, there’s no better way of getting into the festive spirit than with an indulgently rich hot chocolate, topped off with all the whipped cream! I enjoyed this warm hug in a mug while getting my hair done at Urban Retreat recently…
While my mother swears by the more douce yet equally decadent offering at the Harrods Tea Room, going so far as to declare it the best hot chocolate in London!
Is it any wonder then, that we always find ourselves spending the good part of a free afternoon in this pocket of Knightsbridge?
This post was not written in collaboration with Harrods; all views and Harrods-love shared are mine and mine alone.
Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL, UK