Stories of a Shopkeeper: 150 Years of John Lewis

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Middle-class Britain's favourite department store is 150 years old this year, and to celebrate there is an exhibition charting the evolution of the brand from its original incarnation as a draper's shop on Oxford Street (that explains the famous haberdashery section that's still going strong today). A reproduction of founder John Spedan Lewis's original office will house aretefacts including the original ledger that records the first day's takings, wonderful archive Lucienne Day prints and hats loaned to Queen Mary by the store.

Shoppers will also be able to go right to the top for the first time, and take a (bag) load off in a pop-up roof garden with views across London. Mixing the old and the new as John Lewis does, the green space has been designed by Royal Horticultural Society National Young Designer of the Year, Tony Woods. A summer of film screenings, temporary restaurants and World Cup parties is planned, some of which need to be booked in advance on the website. 

The exhibition is open until June 20 and the roof garden is open for the whole summer (dates TBC).

 

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