We took a bus which dropped us off just across the road, so made it super easy. I needed to check out a couple of items instore whilst we were there too, as I need both a new iron and vacuum cleaner, so I combined the visit with a bit of consumer research.
When we entered the store we noticed a sign advertising their 150th Year Celebration Exhibition, so that was our first port of call on the 3rd Floor. The exhibition was built in the style of the original store and to the same footprint too, so you got a feel for the size of the origninal store.
It was interesting to learn that the store took less than one pound in old money, on it's first day trading. It was probably quite a lot in those days.
I took a few photographs of some of the exhibits which included a wonderful haberdashery counter,
plus lots of very authentic looking replica costumes of the dress styles of the day when it was opened.
We wandered through the exhibition. It was very interesting to read about the founding and development of the brand, the partnership with it's staff and it's stores countrywide. I learnt various facts that I didn't know, such as the fact that the Oxford Street store was completely destroyed in World War Two, when and oil bomb was dropped on it and it was 20 years before it reopened in it's current form.
There were videos of old TV adverts which made us smile, exhibits of clothes and other items sold in the stores from both the past and the present, including hats worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Mary and dresses by modern day Japanese designers.
It is certainly well worth a visit if you're in the area this summer and both the exhibition and roof garden are free to enter.
From the exhibition, we made our way up to the roof garden. It was a scorching hot day and it was midday or thereabouts at the time of our visit, so there were lots of people up there, partaking of refreshments on sale at the small cafe, and soaking up the sun or keeping out of it in more shady parts of the garden.
Much of the planting was done like a wall, which was very clever and there were lots of little nooks and crannies to explore.
It was a lovely little oasis with views both across the rooftops of central London and right down onto Oxford Street itself.
We finished our visit by having lunch in one of the cafes inside the store. I used another of my vouchers to get a free cup of tea and cake and treated us both to savoury crepes which were very nice indeed.
We finished our lovely day out with a tiny bit of pre-school shopping on Oxford Street, where the streets were rammed full of people out shopping and sightseeing. By the time we left we were very glad to be on our way home, leaving central London to the shoppers and visitors alike.