It is opening in celebration of the shows debut, 15 years ago! Warner Bros. is releasing a box set to mark the 15th anniversary and it will contain never-seen-before footage. A replica set of Central Perk will be in central Soho and will be filled with actual props such as Rachel's wedding dress; Joey and Chandler's "best bud" bracelets; a bar of Mokolate; Phoebe's 'paintings' etc. It's rumoured that the grumpy barister, Gunther, will also make an appearance.
In my mind the coffee shop was a character in it's own rights and being a huge Friends fan I had to go and visit 'it' earlier this year. Of course the series was actually filmed in California, however the exterior shots of Monica's apartment is in Greenwich Village, NYC at 90 Bedford Street to be exact. To my delight, there is even a lovely restaurant where Central Perk should be called The Little Owl...(no relation!).
Central Perk is at 67 Broadwick Street, London W1, from Thursday 24 September to Wednesday 7 October. Let's just hope they don't play the Rembrandt's non-stop!