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London is home to the flagship store of Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge. Luxury London department store Harvey Nichols specialises in top brand fashion best food and more. Harvey Nichols international luxury lifestyle approach is renowned both in the UK and internationally for the breadth and depth of its exclusive merchandise. It offers many of the world's most prestigious brands in womenswear, menswear, accessories, beauty and highest quality food only found in handful of other stores in UK.


Harvey Nichols, founded in 1813 and currently has stores in London, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Leeds in the UK, Dublin in the Republic of Ireland, a store in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in Hong Kong, China, in Dubai, UAE, Istanbul, Turkey, Jakarta, Indonesia and and a further store in Ankara, Turkey. The London flagship store is located in the heart of Knightsbridge, London's most fashionable and exclusive shopping district.

In addition to its fashion retailing business, Harvey Nichols successfully redeveloped the top floor of the London flagship store to create a Restaurant, Bar, Café, Wine Shop and Foodmarket which have become destinations in their own right. A similar concept operates from the top floors of all Harvey Nichols full-size stores. Harvey Nichols launched its first stand-alone restaurant in 1996, the highly successful Oxo Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie, with spectacular views of the River Thames.  A further restaurant, Prism, opened in the financial district of the City of London in 1999.  Harvey Nichols approach is further fine-tuned with creating the right ambiance to attracts more younger shoppers than its rivals specially in London.

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History is extracted from Harevey Nichols Own History Page.   

In 1813 Benjamin Harvey opened a linen shop in a terraced house on the corner of Knightsbridge and Sloane Street in London. The business passed on to Harvey's daughter in 1820 on the understanding that she go into partnership with Colonel Nichols, selling Oriental carpets, silks, and luxury goods alongside the linens

1880 - The present building was constructed including the front section and facia. 

The existing Knightsbridge store, which was built by Higgs and Hill, was opened in 1880, with the rear section added in 1932. In 1919 Harvey Nichols was bought by Debenhams, and in 1985 became part of the Burton Group.

In 1991, the store was acquired by Dickson Concepts an international retailer and distributor of branded luxury goods based in Hong Kong and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. In April 1996, Harvey Nichols obtained a full listing on the London Stock Exchange and for the next seven years, remained a listed company. 1996 also marks the year when Harvey Nichols opened their first store outside of London.

In February 2003 Harvey Nichols returned to private ownership. The store is now owned by the Hong Kong-based businessman Dickson Poon who has retail businesses in North America, Europe, Japan, China, and Southeast 

In October 1996 Harvey Nichols opened its second UK store in Leeds, Victoria Quarter. Now in United Kingdom, Harvey Nichols also has stores in Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol. It also has a store in Al-Faysaliyah Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a store at Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin in Ireland and one in Central, Hong Kong. It opened a store in Istanbul's Kanyon Shopping Mall on 13 October 2006.

A store in the Grand Indonesia mall in Jakarta, Indonesia was operated by the Indonesian retail conglomerate Mitra Adiperkasa (MAP) from October 2008, but closed due to poor performance in September 2010 .[3] The London flagship store is located in Knightsbridge, a few streets from rival Harrods.

In addition to its fashion retailing business, Harvey Nichols redeveloped the top floor of its London flagship store to create a restaurant, bar, café, wine shop, and food market. A similar concept operates from the top floors of all Harvey Nichols full-size stores. Main competitors of Harvey Nichols on the worldwide gourmet and luxury food products scene include Harrods and Fortnum & Mason in London and Fauchon and Hédiard in Paris.
In 1996 Harvey Nichols launched its first stand-alone restaurant in London, the OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar, and Brasserie, viewing the River Thames. Another restaurant, called Prism, was opened in the city's financial district in 1999. Both OXO and Prism, and three of the in-store restaurants, were designed by London-based architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.  

2001 saw the opening of the first small format store at the Mailbox centre in Birmingham and In 2002, Harvey Nichols opened it's first Scottish store at St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh. In January 2003 saw Harvey Nichols return to private ownership and de-listed from the London Stock Exchange. August 2003 saw the opening of its fifth UK store in Manchester.

September 2005 was a busy month for Harvey Nichols, with the opening of two new stores, both outside of the UK. The Hong Kong store opened at the beginning of the month at the Landmark centre in the city, followed by the opening of the first Irish Harvey Nichols at the Dundrum retail centre, a few miles South of Dublin city centre.

At the end of February 2006, the magnificent Dubai store opened to the public and became an instant luxury landmark in the city. In October 2006, Harvey Nichols opened its first Turkish store in the historic city of Istanbul.

September 2008 saw the opening of Harvey Nichols Bristol, the sixth UK store. Later in the year Harvey Nichols opened its latest international store in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. The second Turkish store opened in Ankara in June 2010. It is situated in the Kent Park Mall and covers 4,100 square metres of retail space.

The art of window dressing
Harvey Nicholes has been famous for its window dressing for centuries. At Harvey Nichols, the window displays have been an integral part of the store since its inception 200 years ago.

According to Ms Wardley, Harvey Nichols teams design, build and install their own windows and try to re-use materials to keep to a tight budget, rotating schemes to other branches of the store. But although it might be cheaper - and the Environment Agency believes, more energy-efficient - to turn off the illumination at night, there would be an impact of dimming the high street lights.

The Harvey Nichols displays use theatrical lighting that isn't necessarily energy-efficient, but the store has recently reduced window-display wattage and opted for some LED lights. The display lights are left on during the hours people are out-and-about, but get switched off from midnight until shortly before the shop's 10am opening as an environmental and cost-saving measure.


Harvey Nichols Address:
109-125 Knightsbridge

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7235 5000  
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