Thailand Comes To Harrods
Published 5 May 2010
For one month only Thailand is coming to Harrods. The high-end Knightsbridge store better known for its Egypt connection and share the same owner (Mohamed Al Fayed) as Fulham FC has joined forces with the Thai Embassy and Thai Tourism Authority to put on a host of special in-store events throughout May. There’ll be food, fashion, beauty products and more.
Harrods will be displaying fine jewellery, silk home furnishings, porcelain artworks, spa treatments and skincare products, all straight from Thailand and of the standard high Harrods quality. If you’re not looking to spend any money just think of it as an art exhibition, and with sugar carving displays, Thai dancers and the Thai version of Punch & Judy puppets, it’s really more of a fun day out than a shopping trip.
Be warned, though, if there’s something that will tempt you to splash the cash it’s going to be the sumptuous Thai food. Harrods’ plethora of restaurants will be coming over all exotic as their menus embrace the Thai theme. Although our wild imaginations were disappointed that Krispy Kreme or the Laduree Cafe at Harrods aren’t coming out with exotic tom yum donuts or jungle curry macaroons, nonetheless many of the restaurants inside Harrods are offering Thai themed dishes. There’s lobster in dry green curry sauce at the Sea Grill; lemongrass marinated lamb chops at the Rotisserie; and in the Georgian Restaurant, chefs from two of London’s top Thai restaurants, Patara and Blue Elephant, will be cooking up some of their signature dishes. Most intriguingly, the renowned Pizzeria will be offering two special pizzas with a Thai green curry topping and either chicken or prawns. Puts an end to the Saturday night curry or pizza dilemma, anyway…
If you’re after something to wash all the food down, there’ll be plenty of Singha beer on hand, and if you’ve been tempted into parting with money elsewhere then it’s good to know there’ll be some free sampling going on in the famous Harrods food hall. That’s reason enough to linger, if you ask me and it’s also worth looking at their Thai ingredients whilst you’re there. Less common offerings available throughout the month include koi choi flowers, banana leaves and holy basil, plus there’s some handy recipe cards with ideas of how to use them.
Events and exhibits at the Harrods department store continue until the end of May, with most of the special performances taking place at weekends. There’s a full list of what’s going on here and more details on the Thai Month section of the Harrods website.
Given the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s recent advice against all but essential travel to Thailand, a trip to Knightsbridge seems like a much safer option. And if you’re left wanting more, you’ll be pleased to know that the celebrations will continue after May with a traditional Thai Hawkers Market at Trafalgar Square on June 5th, but more on that nearer the time…
Address: Harrods Department Store, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 0LZ (location map)
Nearest Tube Station: Knightsbridge (tube entrance/exit right in front of Harrods)
Tel: +44 020 7730 1234
Article written by Ben Norum.