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Harrods, Knightsbridge

Harrods is a luxury brand, its iconic Knightsbridge shop the biggest department store in Europe with over 300 departments on a 5-acre site. It is eye-opening to visit, even if you don't buy anything - though be warned, a dress code is applied. The brand was founded in 1824 by Charles Henry Harrod, who opened a store on Borough High Street. Harrods moved to Knightsbridge in 1849. A disastrous fire in 1883 resulted in the present, grand, building. Harrods motto is 'Omnia Omnibus Ubique' - 'all things to all people everywhere'.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
87-135 Brompton Road
Knightsbridge
County
London
Post Code
SW1X 7XL
Main Historic Period
Modern
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Natural History, Science & V&A museums just up the road
Primary Management
Private - open to the public
LEADENHALL MARKET

Originally a fresh food market dating back to the 14th century, Leadenhall Market stands at the centre of what was Roman London. It was redeveloped into an ornate iron and glass arcade building in 1881 and, with its distinctive red, gold and green colour scheme it is a site in its own right. It contains a variety of pubs, cafes and restaurants, as well as several high-end specialist shops. Leadenhall Market famously featured in the film, 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Gracechurch Street
County
London
Post Code
EC3V 1LT
Main Historic Period
Victorian
Tip/Nearby
Bank, Monument
Primary Management
Local Authority
Liberty London

Liberty is an iconic London store located in a wonderful mock-Tudor building. It is famous for its printed fabrics and slightly exotic wares. The business was founded by Arthur Lasenby Liberty (1843-1917) and its style is often associated with the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Regent Street
County
London
Post Code
W1B 5AH
Main Historic Period
Modern
Link to featured article
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Oxford Street
Primary Management
Private - open to the public
POOH CORNER

If you're looking for 100 Acre Wood, Poohsticks Bridge, the Enchanted Place - and all the other spots associated with Winnie-the-Pooh, you'll find them all in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. Unless you know where you're going, probably the best place to start is the House at Pooh Corner, a shop and cafe (Piglet's Cafe), specialising in all things Pooh. You could even try to trap a Heffalump.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
High Street
Hartfield
County
East Sussex
Post Code
TN7 4AE
Main Historic Period
Modern
Link to featured article
Tip/Nearby
Between East Grinstead and Tunbridge Wells
Primary Management
Other
ROYAL EXCHANGE

The Royal Exchange is a landmark building in the City of London. The exchange was originally a centre for trading stocks, established in 1566 by the father of English banking, Sir Thomas Gresham. It received royal approval – and title – when Queen Elizabeth I opened it in 1571. Gresham’s Royal Exchange was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. Another opened in 1669, but that too succumbed to fire, in 1838. The present Royal Exchange building was opened in 1844 by Queen Victoria, but now operates as a luxury shopping and dining venue.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Bank
County
London
Post Code
EC3V 3LR
Main Historic Period
Victorian
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
In the centre of the City of London. Nearest underground is Bank.
Primary Management
Private - open to the public
SPINNAKER TOWER

Spinnaker Tower is a 560 foot (170 metres) high viewing tower, constructed as part of the redevelopment of Portsmouth Dockyard. It opened in 2005 and is included within a waterside retail and restaurant complex, Gunwharf Quays. Modelled on a billowing sail, the Spinnaker Tower has changed Portsmouth's skyline and is visible for miles. It offers 360-degree views from the high viewing platforms across Portsmouth Harbour and the surrounding sea and landscapes, apparently to a distance exceeding 20 miles. You can also take tea in a high-level cafe, get married there, or abseil down the tower.

The attraction is managed under contract to Portsmouth City Council.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Gunwharf Quays
Portsmouth
County
Hampshire
Post Code
PO1 3TT
Main Historic Period
Modern
Tip/Nearby
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Primary Management
Local Authority
The Folly, Settle

The Folly is the grandest building for miles, certainly in Settle - worth seeing for its wonderful windows alone. It was built by local lawyer Richard Preston sometime in the 1670s and has variously served as a family home, farmhouse, bakery, warehouse, furniture shop, refreshment rooms, fish & chip shop, bank, salvage business, holiday let, museum and coffee house. At one time, 21 people lived in it. The Folly at Settle now houses the Museum of North Craven Life, consisting of permanent and temporary exhibitions, a quality cafe and an artisans' gallery selling locally produced artwork and other items.

Location/Address
Victoria Street
Settle
County
North Yorkshire
Post Code
BD24 9EY
Main Historic Period
Stuart
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Settle is a delightful town in the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Primary Management
Other

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