Sunday, 29 June 2014

Mr Selfridge's London

With the success of the TV series Mr Selfridge, his legacy lives daily on 400 Oxford street where a lot of his visions and values still live on today. Recently Selfridges announced a huge development programme for its London street store. The Weston family are continuing the Selfridges vision from 100 years ago and creating a legacy for another 100 years.
I am asked frequently by friends and family for Mr Selfridge recommendations, so here are my views on how to spend a day living the life of Mr Selfridge in London.
The TV series is not filmed at the store but at a purpose built warehouse hangar in north London, here are more details. A number of external scenes have been filmed in the city, including the exterior of the Royal College of Organists in Kensington Gore adjacent to the Royal Albert Hall. The Royal Albert Hall has close links with Selfridges as it was the venue used for the annual prize giving event for team members. Selfridges still recognises its team members with a Selfridges awards event annually and a host of iconic London landmarks have been used over the years for this event.
During his years at Selfridges - Harry, Rose & family lived at Berkeley Square, 9 Fitzmaurice Place, London which is now a private members club called The Lansdowne. A blue plaque is sited outside, recognising the home of the famous store owner. In later life Harry lived at Brook House, Park Lane alongside Grosvenor House opposite the Animals in War memorial. Both are short walks from the London store.
A little further afield at The London Museum is the original Selfridges Lift doors installed in 1928 and then finally removed in 1972. The heavy gold zodiac signature lift doors, were one of Selfridges showcase features, along with the lift attendants.
Over the years Selfridges rooftop has hosted many events and activities, from fashion shows, afternoon tea and golf. The original rooftop gardens were destroyed in the Blitz of WW2.
The rooftop has been replicated in various ways on many occasions, recently with a Green Boating lake for the launch of Truvia, to London's crazy golf course, and lunch with Daylesford. This year its all about the laid back rooftop dining with Q on the roof. With a sliding roof and personalised lift this is a must this summer. Booking is preferable... Here's more on Q on the roof.
If the rooftop isn't for you then there are a number of venues inside the store to sample a little of the Selfridge life. Dolly's is an art deco inspired café sited in the lower ground floor around the atrium. It is named after The Dolly sisters,  a pair of glamorous identical twins, who entranced audiences and Harry Gordon Selfridge alike. 
Sited on the 2nd floor in the western gallery is The Corner Restaurant, this luxurious Ladies that lunch venue hosts a gorgeous Mr Selfridge afternoon tea, complete with Top Hat treats. Perfect venue to relax and enjoy the treats & delights that Mr Selfridge has to offer.
If Lunch or Afternoon Tea are not for you, then grab a beer or a cocktail or coffee in the Harry Gordon Bar in the basement. This snug like bar is perfect for relaxing after work, or a coffee in the morning. I've met many friends here and they all comment on how relaxing it is considering you are in the middle of a busy department store. Here is a post from a previous visit.
I hope that you have enjoyed my little slice of Mr Selfridges life in London, I will be sharing soon his weekend life at Highcliff Castle in Dorset which I visited recently. Here is more about the man who changed the face of Oxford street.

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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Mr Selfridge's London

With the success of the TV series Mr Selfridge, his legacy lives daily on 400 Oxford street where a lot of his visions and values still live on today. Recently Selfridges announced a huge development programme for its London street store. The Weston family are continuing the Selfridges vision from 100 years ago and creating a legacy for another 100 years.
I am asked frequently by friends and family for Mr Selfridge recommendations, so here are my views on how to spend a day living the life of Mr Selfridge in London.
The TV series is not filmed at the store but at a purpose built warehouse hangar in north London, here are more details. A number of external scenes have been filmed in the city, including the exterior of the Royal College of Organists in Kensington Gore adjacent to the Royal Albert Hall. The Royal Albert Hall has close links with Selfridges as it was the venue used for the annual prize giving event for team members. Selfridges still recognises its team members with a Selfridges awards event annually and a host of iconic London landmarks have been used over the years for this event.
During his years at Selfridges - Harry, Rose & family lived at Berkeley Square, 9 Fitzmaurice Place, London which is now a private members club called The Lansdowne. A blue plaque is sited outside, recognising the home of the famous store owner. In later life Harry lived at Brook House, Park Lane alongside Grosvenor House opposite the Animals in War memorial. Both are short walks from the London store.
A little further afield at The London Museum is the original Selfridges Lift doors installed in 1928 and then finally removed in 1972. The heavy gold zodiac signature lift doors, were one of Selfridges showcase features, along with the lift attendants.
Over the years Selfridges rooftop has hosted many events and activities, from fashion shows, afternoon tea and golf. The original rooftop gardens were destroyed in the Blitz of WW2.
The rooftop has been replicated in various ways on many occasions, recently with a Green Boating lake for the launch of Truvia, to London's crazy golf course, and lunch with Daylesford. This year its all about the laid back rooftop dining with Q on the roof. With a sliding roof and personalised lift this is a must this summer. Booking is preferable... Here's more on Q on the roof.
If the rooftop isn't for you then there are a number of venues inside the store to sample a little of the Selfridge life. Dolly's is an art deco inspired café sited in the lower ground floor around the atrium. It is named after The Dolly sisters,  a pair of glamorous identical twins, who entranced audiences and Harry Gordon Selfridge alike. 
Sited on the 2nd floor in the western gallery is The Corner Restaurant, this luxurious Ladies that lunch venue hosts a gorgeous Mr Selfridge afternoon tea, complete with Top Hat treats. Perfect venue to relax and enjoy the treats & delights that Mr Selfridge has to offer.
If Lunch or Afternoon Tea are not for you, then grab a beer or a cocktail or coffee in the Harry Gordon Bar in the basement. This snug like bar is perfect for relaxing after work, or a coffee in the morning. I've met many friends here and they all comment on how relaxing it is considering you are in the middle of a busy department store. Here is a post from a previous visit.
I hope that you have enjoyed my little slice of Mr Selfridges life in London, I will be sharing soon his weekend life at Highcliff Castle in Dorset which I visited recently. Here is more about the man who changed the face of Oxford street.

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