A few weeks ago, I bought a couple of tickets to Friends Fest. 1) Robin was (and still is) a huge Friends fan. Any random episode will appear on TV and he’ll know it line by line and 2) I thought it would be a nice surprise treat for the bank holiday weekend. Except, he sussed out where we were going and it wasn’t a surprise at all- isn’t that just kick you in the crotch, spit on your neck fantastic?
But first- awkward photos, famous sofa sittings, and far too many replays of “I’ll Be There for You”
Rewind back to 2004.
It was our third and final year at uni. The very last social event of the year, the May Ball, was on the same night that the very last episode of Friends was to air. Instead of heading to the Ball on time, a group of us sat at home and watched to see if Rachel got off the plane and then finally that sad parting shot as all six friends left their keys in Monica’s purple kitchen.
Although it was great to revisit the nostalgia and to experience the novelty of it all, the ticket prices were steep. General admission was £24 per person, and then the tickets for Monica’s apartment were an extra £16.50.
Everything is Friends themed at the festival- the bar in Chandler and Joey’s ‘apartment’ is called the Duck and the Chick and there’s a food stand called Mocklate selling…chocolate.
I suppose for super fans it’s a must do and see. I was expecting something with a little more oomph, but it was still enjoyable. A word of warning; it will be super busy when you visit the recreated set. I was hard pressed to get a decent photo without a selfie stick to the face. Day times are best suited to families but go in the evening and recreate Ross and Monica’s Brother/Sister dance routine in the Silent Disco until the early hours (well, until 11pm at least)
More tickets to Friends Fest have been released- you can get them here!
(it’s not just London centric, there are venues hosting it all over the UK!)