A London-based independent bottler that also operates a retail shop and bar in Singapore.
The Food Halls at the luxury London department store sell a wide range of luxury food and drink and have impressive wine and spirit cellars. Harrods has sold a variety of Scotch whiskies bottled under its own label, including a 21-year-old blended Scotch packaged in a crystal decanter and, more recently, a 12-year-old single malt.
Charles Henry Harrod started his first draper and haberdasher business in Borough Market Street in Southwark in 1824. In 1832, he opened a grocer’s in 163 Upper Whitecross Street, Clerkenwell. Two years later, Harrod established a wholesale grocery in Stepney and, in 1849, opened a small shop in the district of Brompton on part of the shop’s current site.
In the 1860s, Charles’ son, Charles Digby Harrod, took over from his father and, by 1880, the store employed over 100 people. The store burnt down in December 1883, but all Christmas deliveries were still made.
In 1889 Harrod sold his interest in the store for £120,000 via a stock floatation. Seventy years later, Harrods was purchased by the department store chain House of Fraser and, in 1985, House of Fraser, including Harrods, was sold to the Fayed brothers who, in turn, sold it to the Qatar Investment Authority, a sovereign wealth fund.