‘Friends’ Central Perk comes to UK

Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009

Warner TV will recreate the famous Central Perk coffee shop from hit sitcom Friends in London later this week.

The replica hangout will be based on London’s Broadwick Street, Soho, from September 24 to October 7.

“Relive the place where it all happened,” said a Warner TV spokesperson. “The bad jokes, the chat-up lines and the gossip.”

According to Event Magazine, the venue will include rare memorabilia from the show and will allow fans to “relive their favourite Friends moments enjoying a cappuccino on one of the famous sofas”.

Organised by Inca Productions, the event marks the 15th anniversary of the NBC comedy series, which ran for ten seasons until 2004. A new limited-edition box set featuring every series and new “extended, exclusive and unseen footage” is also being released for the occasion.

Friends launched the careers of David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry. The last episode aired on May 6, 2004 and was watched by an estimated 52.5 million viewers in the US.