J’adore the Dior take-over at Harrods. There is a precious, compact and retrospective exhibition, darling little chic café, along with various activities and promos throughout the store until the 14th of April.
We headed to the 4th floor at Harrods to get a needed dose of fashion and food glamour infused into our weekend. We eagerly made our way through the bustle of the halls to the elegant pop-up exhibition and Dior Café, to experience a ‘luxury charged adventure of French elegance and British charm’.
After ooooohing and aaaaaahing our way around the Dior dresses and designer installations at the exhibition, we headed to the compact café with clear influences from traditional French Salons de Thé and stylings stimulated by Monsieur Dior’s love of eighteenth century décor. This is a world away from the rest of the frenzied tourists and shoppers rushing about in-store.
The Café connection to Dior isn’t as abstract as you might think. Did you know Dior actually published a recipe book in 1972, La Cuisine Cousu-Main. (We’d give our little fingers to get our mitts on that treasure). The dishes in the book did help to shape the Café Dior menu. It is an easy to order from, French inspired, beautifully presented menu with dishes including – Black Truffle Omelette, Lobster Club Sandwich and Afternoon Tea which looked like a very pretty selection of the expected finger sandwiches, macaroons and other sweet French fancies. There is also a tantalising dessert offering; including Peach and Strawberry Soup with Coconut Sorbet and Poppy Seed Tuile. Oh la la!
The Food Hall at Harrods will also be selling an exclusive, limited-edition range of Dior-branded tea, fairy cakes and cupcake decorating sets in beautiful packaging, These treats are perfect for gifting, and are the ideal or ‘take home’ to remind you of the delights of Dior.
You might like to combine your visit with one of the Dior activities in store, such as Dior Manicures, facials or perfume personalizing – Find out more:
We ate: A light brunch of Asparagus, Sourdough and Duck Egg, some delightfully strong coffee and a lovely selection of artisan breads. It’s not cheap, but then one wouldn’t really expect it to be from Dior or Harrods (£4.25 for a black coffee).
Our Brunch was approx £27pp
Entertaining: A great treat for fashion and beauty enthused clients, friends or family Enjoy a 15 min’ guided tour round the Dior exhibition and then some frou frou French food in the café – A luxurious way to spend a few hours.
Do call to make a reservation; it is rather busy with tourists, fashion luvvies and foodies. If you are thinking that you might like to take away any cupcakes, then we also advise that you should call ahead to the Food Hall and pre order yours….. as they had sold out when we where there. Boo.
The Café alone isn’t really a destination dine, it needs the joys and glamour of the exhibition to compliment the offering. The food and service was pretty much faultless but don’t set your expectations too high – the space is a little less café and a little more corridor, however it is still a delightful addition to Harrods which, for many of us has fallen off the radar somewhat. We hope for many more current pop ups and installs in Harrods in the future.
The Dior take over is live at Harrods until the 14th of April, 10am till 8pm.
www.harrods.com / +44 (0) 20 7730 1234