"Cost me a fiver at Harrods"

Creative Commons AttributionHarrods - Credit: Filippo Diotalevi
A fiver is an informal term for the British five pound note. Black and white five pound notes were issued for the first time in 1793, and from 1855 were decorated with a picture of Britannia in the style of a Saxon princess. This design remained unchanged until 1957 when a multi-coloured (predominantly dark blue) banknote was introduced. The earlier black and white notes were sometimes referred to as white fivers.

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Harrods is a smart department store situated on the Brompton Road in Knightsbridge in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. A small shop on this site was established by Charles Henry Harrod in 1851, and by 1880 was employing 80 people. When this business was destroyed by fire, it was replaced by the present-day building. Harrods is particularly renowned for the variety and quality of produce in its food-hall.