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.
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.
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.
Here is more about the man who changed the face of Oxford street.