Any Other Business - 02/05

Gabriella Griffith

JOHN Lewis’ flagship shop on Oxford Street transformed itself from a department store into a period drama last night for the launch of a new exhibition celebrating its 150th anniversary. Actors swanned about in period dress acting out the long and interesting history of the business, while invitees sipped cocktails and champagne. Even the heavy rain of yesterday didn’t stop revellers enjoying the newly opened up rooftop garden designed by Royal Horticultural Society National Young Designer of the Year, Tony Woods. The Stories of a Shopkeeper exhibition, which contains artifacts including one of Queen Victoria’s bonnets (pictured) and cloth designed especially for the Titanic, is due to run for the next seven weeks and opens to the public tomorrow.