John Lewis Department Store, London

Slater, Moberle & Uren
Date Built
In stages between 1929 and 1960
Oxford Street
The John Lewis store on Oxford Street is, in fact, two buildings constructed almost 20 years apart.  The portion of the building that fronts on to Oxford Street was built between 1958 and 1960 to a design by Slater and Uren.  This six-storey façade is divided into eleven bays by large vertical mullions.  The sixth storey is set back beneath a projecting canopy. 

In 2015 when I took these images, there was a public roof garden on the top of this part of the building.

A cast aluminium sculpture entitled "Winged Figure" by Barbara Hepworth graces the Holles Street end of the building.

The part of the building facing on to Cavendish Square was built in 1929 to a design by Slater, Moberle and Uren.  This scheme was never fully realized due to the outbreak of war.

The Cavendish Square façade is clad in stone.

Despite all the developments within the John Lewis fleet of stores, this one is still the flagship and largest branch in the partnership. Whilst the outside of the building has changed very little over the years, the inside underwent a £60 million refurbishment in late 2007.  Among the changes was the creation of the   'Place To Eat' restaurant, as well as a brasserie and bistro.