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Enjoy tea, scones and sport at John Lewis 'Tea on the Green'

Friday 11 July 2014

Retailer launches pop up tea house in Glasgow city centre

On Thursday 24 July, Glasgow's Royal Exchange Square will be transformed into a pop-up urban garden tea house with the launch of John Lewis's 'Tea on The Green'.

As the Official Department Store Provider of the XX Commonwealth Games, John Lewis has created 'Tea on The Green' - a unique space where members of the public can relax and refuel by savouring complimentary afternoon tea whilst still enjoying all the sporting action on the big screen.

Situated in the heart of Glasgow's cultural and artistic hub, 'Tea on The Green' will offer the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary John Lewis afternoon tea, with the option to book in advance online. The venue will also showcase two Commonwealth Games inspired art installations custom-made by renowned designer and creator, Billie Achilleos, and her team from Set Square. The inspirational installations, which depict a high-jumper and a cyclist, are particularly unique as they are made entirely out of everyday household items.

Lindsay Ironside, Operations Manager, John Lewis Glasgow, said: 'At John Lewis we always aim to bring unique and enjoyable experiences to our customers and 'Tea on The Green' will allow customers in the city centre to soak up the spirit of the Games. We are hugely honoured to be a part of the XX Commonwealth Games and want to celebrate by bringing something really special to the people of Glasgow. 'Tea on the Green' is the perfect place to soak up the sporting atmosphere and create long-lasting summertime memories with family and friends.'

Tea on The Green will be open daily for a limited period from Thursday 24 July to Sunday 3 August from 10am - 5:30pm. Members of the public can book a table for complimentary afternoon tea by visiting

Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership - The John Lewis Partnership operates 42 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, 10 John Lewis at home and a shop at Heathrow Terminal 2),, 320 Waitrose shops, and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £10bn. It is the UK's largest example of worker co-ownership where all 91,000 staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis - John Lewis, 'Multichannel Retailer of the Year 2014'¹, 'Best Overall Retailer'² and 'Best Retailer 2014'³, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. stocks over 250,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. ( John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products - home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover - delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Oracle Retail Week Awards 2014
² Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2014
³ Which? Awards 2014

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