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Mr Selfridge and his competitors: tales of the greatest West End stores
Sun, May 14, 2017, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM BST
If you are coming to Oxford Street for shopping, why not join me to hear fascinating stories about some of the West End’s major stores and the characters behind them. In 2014 John Lewis celebrated 150 years in business and it all started here on Oxford Street - although John Lewis himself might be shocked to discover what his son did to the company. Learn about the bet between Harry Gordon Selfridge and Harrods in 1917 and what the loser had to do. See the building which housed the very first store with the name Debenhams. 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. And hear about some stores which sadly are no longer with us.
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