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Mr Selfridge and his Competitors: untold tales of London department stores

Mr Selfridge and his Competitors: untold tales of London department stores

Selfridges Tour
Price: £12.00 (£9.00 seniors and students)
Tour Duration: 1.75 hours

If you are coming to London’s Oxford Street for shopping, why not join Stephen to hear fascinating stories about some of the West End’s major stores and the characters behind them.

If you are a fan of the Mr Selfridge series you might be surprised to hear just how much of it was fiction but things you thought might be made up are actually true. And there are some incredible stories which did not make it into the TV series, such as the bet between Harry Gordon Selfridge and Harrods in 1917 and what the loser had to do.

But Selfridge’s is just one of the stores with great stories. In 2014 John Lewis celebrated 150 years in business and it all started here on Oxford Street – although John Lewis himself was a terrible employer and would have been shocked to discover what his son did to the company. You can see the building which housed the very first store with the name Debenhams and which is very grand indeed. And you will find out Liberty’s unexpected connection to the British Navy and why a Marks and Spencer’s store is named after a building in ancient Rome. Then there is the concert hall which was built as part of a piano showroom and the tale of two HMV shops and the famous musical connections from Edward Elgar to the Beatles. Plus we also hear about some stores which sadly are no longer with us, including Bourne and Hollingsworth, Waring and Gillow and good old F W Woolworth. Who thought shops could be so interesting!

Dates and Times of Tour:

Sunday - 16 June 2019 - 11:00
Sunday - 7 July 2019 - 11:00
Sunday - 11 August 2019 - 11:00

Guide Running the Tour:

Price: £12.00 (£9.00 seniors and students)
Tour Duration: 1.75 hours

Guide Running the Tour:

Please note this is a private walk run by an individual Association member. Your contract is between the guide and yourself and not with the Association.

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Selfridges Tour

Book Your Place Now:

This tour can be booked privately at a date and time of your choosing. Please select the Guide running the tour and contact them directly about private bookings.

Where does the tour meet?

Behind the Snack Kiosk in Argyll Street, London W1B 3AG. By Exit 6 of Oxford Circus Underground station

Where does the tour end?

Selfridge’s Main Entrance (under the clock), Oxford Street

Please note this is a private walk run by an individual Association member. Your contract is between the guide and yourself and not with the Association.