John Lewis, a brand well respected in Britain, selling everything from make-up to Televisions is soon to celebrate its 150 years.
Now, if I were to celebrate 100 years on this Earth, I would celebrate on a roof garden in the sun, plied with fruity concoctions. Well blow me down! Look what John Lewis are doing – they’re making a roof garden on top of their Oxford street branch on 3rd May with Joe and Juice serving up some of their favourites.
Along side this will be an exhibition on ‘The Stories of a Shopkeeper’ Following John Lewis from the beginning and John Lewis’ son John Spedan Lewis who founded the structure of the John Lewis stores we know today.
In September 1940, in the midst of the Blitz, Oxford Street’s John Lewis store was bombed bringing down with it Selfridge’s roof garden, luckily no staff were killed or injured.
The anniversary celebrations could be a bit of a nod to the competition in bringing a roof garden to the John Lewis flagship store. And what I take from Jeremy Piven’s adaptation of Mr Harry Selfridge, he is certainly one for competition and I am sure that both Mr Lewis’ would be up for some friendly competition to aid creativity and business.
Their fiery personality was shown after being bombed as they kept a British stiff upper lip, they continued business in the next-door building.
The 150 garden is a space to be enjoyed by visitors where you’ll be encouraged to look, smell and discover one of the largest new roof gardens in the capital. They’ve carefully selected each flower based on colour and scent and I for one cannot wait to experience it all.
So grab someone willing, scuttle on down to John Lewis’ original store, take in some history and soak up some sun! – I know I will be!
P.S. ever looking for the next challenge John Lewis is planning on opening the biggest department store outside London, at Birmingham New Street… Keep your eyes peeled!