Friday, 9 December 2011

I have been to ... Harrods!

It is the time of year when my wife and I make our annual visit to Harrods, Knightsbridge, to buy the Harrods Christmas Teddy Bear. My wife collects them and this year's bear is called Freddie.

Usually we go on a Sunday, but this year we decided to have a change and go on a Friday ... and in retrospect this was actually a good choice. Although we had to travel most of the way by Underground, it was not as crowded as we expected. The ground floor of the store was a heaving mass of humanity, but once we went up to the upper floors the crowds thinned out and it became quite pleasant to walk about.

In the past the Toy Department has been worth a good look around (it was where I bought the first of my Corgi tanks!) but this year there was nothing on sale that had even a vague wargaming application. The same was true of the Games Department on the Lower Ground Floor, which did not even seem to have RISK on sale.

The big plus for me this year was that it did not cost me anything to travel to and from Harrods ... although I did have to pay for my wife's Travelcard. Thanks to my Freedom Pass I can travel on any bus or Underground train within London for free at any time ... and also on mainline trains within the London area after 9.30am on weekdays and at any time at weekends. I have recently discovered that I can also travel on local buses all over England between 9.30am and 11.00pm on weekdays and at any time on weekends and public holidays. It was worth reaching the age of sixty last year just for this concession!


  1. "It was worth reaching the age of sixty last year just for this concession!"

    Really Bob???? This year????

    What a nice tradition for you both, cute ted too!

  2. Leofwine Wargamerson,

    I was sixty one in February 2011 ... and therefore sixty two early next year ... makes you feel old, doesn't it?

    Our annual trip to Harrods almost always includes a nice lunch or afternoon tea in one of the restaurants. This year I managed to eat a monster cheeseburger (made with proper ground beef and not some form of 'recovered' meat slurry!) with French Fries. It made up for having to fight through the crowds on the Ground Floor!

    All the best,