Our heritage

Our history is our heritage. The past has shaped this business from its conception and still influences our decision making today.

Shop frontage from 132 Oxford Street

The John Lewis Partnership has a fascinating history - from the early thoughts of John Spedan Lewis to the innovative, multichannel business we are today.

Watch a film outlining the evolution of the Partnership, explore our history timeline and find out about our Heritage Centre based in Cookham, Berkshire which holds our business and textile archives. Both of our archives include a wealth of resources throwing light upon the history of the Partnership, or the pre-Partnership history of individual branches.