Harrods web Grotto snowed under
Famed toff tat outlet Harrods has been forced to put Christmas on hold after its website buckled under the weight of families rushing for some lap time with Santa.
Despite the global recession, the Knightsbridge store said it had experienced "unprecedented demand" for access to the Grotto.
"We have temporarily removed the online booking system. Please rest assured this will be reactivated as soon as possible," it said.
The Knightsbridge store this year introduced a new booking system, to allow families to book an appointment with its current Saints Nick* to cut waiting times. The Harrods Christmas department was launched on 4 August. The Grotto - which includes some geographically confused live penguins - opens in November.
Once the booking system is back up, would-be visitors will be pleased to hear that "tickets are free of charge with an administration fee of £5 per booking". Now, that's posh.
Thanks to Reg reader Dave for the festive spot. ®
*There are apparently six on rota each year. In 2006 one was sent back to the North Pole after some unpleasantness.
@The Fuzzy Wotnot
If you're in London try Stargreen instead, you can even wonder in if you're passing Oxford Circus. :)
Oh, I see, THAT kind of free....
"tickets are free of charge with an administration fee of £5 per booking"
Who administers the bookings, Donald Trumph?
What about the charge TicketB***ard levy on on those self print PDF tickets they issue! So I do all the work, use my system, use my printer and my ink to print the sodding ticket and you scum still have the nerve to charge me £2 for the privilege?!?!
No, I would happily go elsewhere, but you lot have the market sown up and the only place I can get tickets for the gigs in London I want is from you dirtbags!
How long do they spend?
Am I missing something? Reseverations? How long do the kids spend with Santa? When I was a kid, the line at our local mall was maybe 5 minutes. You'd sit on his lap, "Have you been a good boy or girl? " ...... "Good, what would you like?" (I don't know what he said if a kid said they were naughty). .... "Very good then. Ho ho ho!" *next*. Then the parent could buy a photo of the kid on santa's lap if they wanted.
..."the Harrods Christmas dept was launched on August 4" is still far too early! Won't be long before you will see Easter bunnies and eggs available!