Brompton Road lies partly in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and partly in
the City of Westminster.
It starts from Knightsbridge underground station and runs south-west through a very wealthy area until it reaches South Kensington underground station. There are five-star hotels and many top restaurants and shops along the road. One of the most famous department stores in the world, Harrods, appears in the middle of the photographs, with its characteristic dome. Harrods was founded by (sometimes convicted criminal) Charles Henry Harrod at Borough High Street in 1824. It subsequently moved to Brompton Road in 1849. Harrods became a public company in 1889, and by the 1890s it had established a bank and estate agency. Harrods had some of the world’s first-ever escalators, installed in 1898. In 1959, the high street department store group House of Fraser bought Harrods. In 1985, the store returned to private ownership when Egyptian-born Mohamed Al Fayed and his brother Ali bought House of Fraser for £615m. In 2010, Al Fayed sold Harrods to the Qatari royal family for a reported £1.5 billion.