John Lewis has come up with a unique way of allowing shoppers to try before they buy – by allowing them to spend a night living in the department store! The much-loved British retailer is opening up an apartment called The Residence in its London Oxford Street, Cambridge and Liverpool stores, so customers can test out products in a realistic atmosphere.
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The Residence at John Lewis will be the UK's first ever fully furnished in-store apartment, and will include a bedroom plus living and dining area decorated with the most-covetable new autumn products. There is also a fitted kitchen, study and indoor terrace at the Oxford Street store branch, offering views over Cavendish Square.
The Residence at John Lewis is only open for one month
Customers can apply for an overnight stay where they'll have private access to the apartment from 6.30pm to 9am the next day. The lucky shoppers will have 60 minutes of after-hours private shopping time with access to the whole department store, and a concierge on hand to ensure guests are comfortable and have their favourite Waitrose snacks at hand. Then, in the morning, they will have a delivery of a fresh Waitrose breakfast basket and newspapers, for the perfect wake-up before the store opens.
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Shoppers also have the chance to apply for private dining experiences at each of the stores. Once a week a customer will be able to host a dinner party for up to ten friends at the Oxford Street store, cooked by a private chef and served with cocktails made by their own mixologist.
Shoppers can apply to sleepover or host a dinner party at The Residence
Or if you're in Cambridge or Liverpool, shoppers can apply to host their own private brunches. Every Saturday up to six guests can enjoy a two hour brunch that includes mimosas and your preferred table setting from the John Lewis collection.
If this sounds like your dream come true, you'll have to get in quick as The Residence is open for one month only – from 16 September to 18 October. To apply for the chance to stay, visit the concierge team at the Oxford Street, Cambridge or Liverpool stores this weekend or next – 16-17 or 23-24 September. Customers will be selected at random at the end of each weekend to either sleepover or eat at the apartment.
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