Virtual Tour - West End stories - untold tales of London's great shops

Virtual Tour -  West End stories - untold tales of London's great shops
 
  3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

This is an online video event, please check the organiser for details about how to watch.

Hear fascinating and unexpected tales of London's great West End stores, from Selfridges to John Lewis via Liberty, HMV and many others

This is a virtual tour conducted live hosted via Zoom video conferencing where your guide will show slides and give a talk to accompany them. There will be the opportunity for questions both during and after the talk.

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Come with me on a walk round one of the world's premier shopping areas and let me tell you fascinating stories about some of the West End’s major stores and the characters behind them.You will discover why a Marks and Spencer's store is named after a building in ancient Rome and find out Liberty’s unexpected connection to the British Navy. I will tell you about the first John Lewis who started with one small shop on Oxford Street in 1864 and why he would be shocked to discover what his son did to the business. I will talk about about the rise and fall of HMV and explain the pivotal role the HMV store played in the discovery of the Beatles. I will show you the original Debenhams store which was very grand indeed and a nearby piano showroom which is now known for something different. When we finish at Selfridges, I will reveal just how much (or rather how little) of the television series was true and I will share with you some other stories such as the bet between Harry Gordon Selfridge and Harrods in 1917 and what the loser had to do.

Who knew shops could be so interesting!

Cost: £5


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