Mixture of my own images and professional photographs by Doug Peters
So here is the second instalment from my whirlwind trip away to the Capital last week with Netflix. If you missed all the details (and dining experiences) from my first post then you can catch up here, but please be warned it may make you a little hungry! So once settled into our hotel rooms we were welcomed downstairs into the Kipling Suite (the very place The Jungle Book was penned no less!) to experience a silent screening before dinner. Dimmed lights, comfy armchairs and the whole of Netflix at our fingertips it gave everyone the chance to catch up on their favourite series or get hooked on something new. I was coaxed into starting Pretty Little Liars and have never looked back!
Morning dawned and after a hearty breakfast we headed out to be greeted by our awaiting carriages for the day – a line up of beautiful vintage cars. The only way to whizz around London and start our panoramic Mr Selfridge tour. Cruising down Regent Street and over to Covent Garden we stopped by Drury Lane Theatre to witness the setting where Mr Selfridge and Ellen Love’s affair all began before pulling up outside Mr Selfridge’s front door, the very facade used for all the exterior shots during filming. The building was beautiful with so much period detail, it really felt like we had been transported back to the 1910s. A few photos later we back on board and heading over the only place to visit when on a Mr Selfridge catch up tour, the shopping mecca of London, Selfridges! Entering the doors where Mr Selfridge had had his vision all those years ago about making shopping a visual and stimulating experience where the shop floor was his stage and his employees were his actors, really reinforced what an inspirational man he was.
The tour was brought to an entertaining and immersive close at the Savoy where we were honoured with the presence of actor Tom Goodman-Hill, who plays Mr Grove, and the producer of Mr Selfridge who gave us all a real insight into the show and stuck around to be probed for gossip by those hardcore fans! Caryln Franklin, fashion expert of The Clothes Show fame, gave us the rundown of those iconic looks from Mr Selfridge before we were let loose with a wardrobe full of props and a photo booth! Needless to say the evening slowly edged away accompanied by lots of laughter and silliness with feather boas and faux moustaches!
This tour was an absolute blast and I loved every minute of it from seeing the sights of London, hearing the history of the Mr Selfridge story and enjoying plenty of treats along the way. I would love to hear what you are currently catching up with on Netflix or if you are enjoying getting hooked on a new series?