It’s not often we celebrate the demise of yet another pub. But we’re making an exception for The Green Man in the basement of Harrods, which has made way for the department store’s long-promised grooming emporium for men — The Gentleman’s Lounge.
The area it occupies is the oldest part of the store, so it’s been designed and constructed in collaboration with English Heritage and interior architects Callison. The new lounge retains the features and atmosphere of the former bar, but with a fresh and modern edge, complete with frosted glass, woven rugs and polished wood veneers. Several luxury and high-end brands have boutiques in the Lounge, including Acqua di Parma and Biotherm Homme.
There is also a wall of fragrances from the likes of Miller Harris, Creed and Tom Ford, and freestanding units for some of the world’s most prestigious skincare brands (Kiehl’s, M Lab, La Prairie, Sisley, Clarins, Cowshed and Molton Brown).
In addition to the shopping facilities, the area has a full Wi-Fi set-up, a rejuvenated barbers and spa, and a giant plasma screen showing sport.
After all that, if you are still concerned at the loss of the bar, you’ll be pleased to know Harrods has opened a new one serving whisky and champagnes. That’s more than a fair trade-off.