Celebrating Britain at Selfridges

June 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Summer 2012, without a doubt belongs to London. 

From the Queen’s Jubilee, celebrating Her Majesty’s 60 years on the throne, to the Olympics starting in July and all the festivities in between, London truly is the place to be.

And it seems the city is determined to celebrate all things British – out loud, and proud, with pomp and ceremony like only the British can do, with department store, Selfridges leading the way.

‘Crazy Golf’  

One of the coolest things I have come across, so far, is the ‘Crazy Golf‘ on the roof of Selfridges, reopened for the first time since the 1930s.

The space has been transformed into a nine-hole mini-golf course, designed to look like a display of delectable cakes – complete with piping and icing.

Signs warn players to ‘avoid licking the holes’ – amusing, but also justified because they truly look good enough to eat.

Each of the holes represents a different famous London land-mark, from St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge (bridge raised), Buckingham Palace and the Gherkin.

And while the course may look sweet, don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll be getting easy hole-in-ones. A fair amount of (mutual) cheating went on when I played – all in the name of fun and a good time, of course.

And it’s not just Crazy Golf that has taken over the rooftop.

The Daylesford Cafe gives you the chance to eat high tea from the highest point on Oxford Circus. The view alone is worth the wait downstairs.

But wait, there’s more! 

But the fun is still not over yet. Selfridges has a number of other wonderfully British (and wonderfully silly) things going on to celebrate “a summer of all things great and British.”

The Big British Shop, on the ground floor is a room of red, white and blue, selling everything from Pear Drops to leather gloves to tiaras.

On display is a collection of famous royal gloves, including one of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation gloves, Queen Victoria’s mourning gloves and pair of gloves from the beheaded King Charles I.

Running until June 24th,in the Ultralounge of the Lower Ground Floor, is the ‘Britannica 1951-1953‘ exhibition.

A collaboration between curator Judith Clark and millinery ‘maestro’ Stephen Jones, the exhibition pays homage to the fashions of the 50s.

Jubilee Weekend Fun

To celebrate the long Jubilee Weekend, the store has put on a number of weird, wonderful and silly events.

Until Tuesday, a one-man-band, dressed head to foot in pink spandex, will be wandering around the store.

Amazingly, he’s not the oddly-dressed human providing entertainment, with hoola-hoopist Marawa twirling and spinning about, and underwear-clad, body-painted male models walking casually around the store.

Finally, for the kids there is a balloon sculpture, face painting and story-telling.

So, what are you waiting for? Head down to Oxford Street, brace yourself against the crowds and enjoy the best of British that’s on offer!

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