Friends Fest brought Central Perk to London, giving guests a chance to step inside Monica's apartment, check out original props and indulge in iconic food from the series, prepared by the Create team.
From Wednesday, 16 - Sunday, 20 September, The Boiler House on Brick Lane was transformed into the ultimate Friends experience. Michelle Keegan, Alesha Dixon, and McBusted’s Tom Fletcher were among the stars who attended the launch.
As the immersed themselves in the world made famous by Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe, fans tucked into bespoke Friends-inspired dishes from Create, such as Ross's Thanksgiving leftover sandwich, or the Joey Special: mini pizzas served in small pizza boxes.
Chandler’s anti-thanksgiving cheese burgers were presented on a foosball table, and caramelised scallop and chorizo pops with parmesan and rosemary lemon crème fraîche were served on a large purple square with a gold frame, reminiscent of the iconic front door of Monica’s apartment.
Phoebe’s offering was a vegetarian Pumpkin Tart, followed by her grandmother’s famous cookies, which were served with a vanilla milkshake in the mini bottles with stripy straws. And of course we couldn’t forget Rachel’s trifle – guests tucked into a slightly less meaty version of the classic dish, served in mini plastic Kilner jars.
FriendsFest featured a full-scale set of Monica’s apartment, home to some of the best-loved scenes from the ever-popular series. Visitors got the chance to enjoy a coffee at the Central Perk inspired café, have their pictures taken on the unmistakable orange sofa or by a replica of the iconic fountain.
Fans could also visit a pop-up “Rachel” blow dry salon, hang out in a New York themed courtyard, enjoy a game of foosball with friends or simply put their feet up and relax on a lazy boy watching episodes of the show.
If you couldn’t make it to FriendsFest, don’t worry. Comedy Central are now showing Friends weekdays after 5pm so you can still get involved!