This is not actually downtown Marrakech, this is Knightsbridge. Harrods to be exact. But a very exotic-feeling Harrods, after master craftsmen built a traditional arched riad, complete with ornate  tiles, woodcarving and a marble fountain centerpiece on the third floor. Inspiring Morocco runs until 18 December, and is a chance to stock up on traditional handicrafts as well as contemporary pieces by up-and-coming designer/makers. In addition to the exotic shopping experiece, every saturday and sunday from 5 November there will be a range of Moroccan experiences on offer, including henna tattoos, calligraphy and live ‘oud’ music. You can also be beautified in the Urban Retreat spa with luxurious beauty products made with indigenous ingredients such as argan oil, rose and rhassoul. There now, that’s made up for the grey, depressing weather today hasn’t it? Alternatively, actual Morocco is only a short flight away, it might be a bit harder to get a huge kilim home, though.

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