Selfridges is a Grade II listed retail premises on Oxford Street in London. It was designed by Daniel Burnham for Harry Gordon Selfridge, and opened in 1909. Still the headquarters of Selfridge & Co. department stores, with 540,000 square feet of selling space, the store is the second largest retail premises in the UK, half as big as the biggest department store in Europe, Harrods.
In 1906, Harry Gordon Selfridge travelled to England on holiday with his wife, Rose. Unimpressed with the quality of existing British retailers, he noticed that the large stores in London had not adopted the latest selling ideas that were being used in the United States.
The building was designed by American architect Daniel Burnham, who was respected for his department store designs. He created Marshall Field's, Chicago, Filene's in Boston, Wanamaker's in Philadelphia, and Gimbels and Wanamaker's in New York.
Opened on 15 March 1909, the store was built in phases. The first phase consisted of the nine-and-a-half bays closest to the Duke Street corner, a site of 250 feet wide on Oxford Street by 175 feet along Duke Street. The floor heights averaged 15 feet (4.
Monday: 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM,
Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM,
Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM,
Thursday: 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM,
Friday: 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM,
Saturday: 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM,
Sunday: 11:30 AM – 6:00 PM