Last weekend, Rachael and I travelled up to London to check out Friends Fest! We’d had the tickets booked since March, so you can bet we were super excited. Well, I was, after a coffee and a Bagelman (sausage, mushroom and cheese!)
Once we got to the station, the train we were due to be on was delayed then cancelled, but luckily we were able to get a different train to East Croydon and we changed there for Victoria.
It was only a few tube stops to Finsbury Park, and, as the weather was pretty lovely, we walked the 20 minutes to Clissord Park, where Friends Fest was being held.
If you’re not familiar with Friends Fest, it’s kind of as it sounds. It’s a festival celebrating all things Friends, with mock-ups of Chandler and Joey’s apartment, Monica and Rachel’s apartment and Central Perk that you can wander round and hang out in 😀
When we got to the gate, the area was pretty large, but didn’t seem to have a huge amount going on. I hoped that there was more to it than met the eye.
We got there about 11:30 and were booked in for the apartment tours at 12:10, giving us about half an hour to look round the site.
On the left was the chapel of love that Mr Rachel and Mrs Ross got married in from The One In Vegas, Part One. There were several wedding dresses and centurion outfits so you could recreate the scene yourselves!
Next to that was the prom, where you could dress up in Rachel or Monica’s hideous prom dresses from The One With The Prom Video (“Some girl ate Monica!!”) There were also a few wigs to try on, as well as Ross’s cool tuxedo and curly hair 😀
Although this looked fun, the idea of trying of clothes that loads of other people had also been wearing didn’t seem that appealing, and I definitely didn’t want to wear a wig that hundreds of other people had worn!!
Just down from the photo op scenes was Central Perk, so we headed there, excited to check it out. We asked one of the staff members to take a couple of photos for us outside and she took it from such a weird angle. Nonetheless, here we are!!
Once inside, we were just really confused. It didn’t really look much like Central Perk and I had to Google what it looked like. I don’t think they’d really spent much time on the counter at all, it just didn’t look quite right.
We dutifully got a photo of us sat at the Friends’ table but we were soon to realise that the lighting throughout the whole experience was incredibly bright and made the photos look awful. Really awful.
After that, Rachael and I were going to get photos of us “playing” the guitar in Pheobe’s spot, but once we got to the front of the queue, one of the staff members decided to get up and play some songs to get everyone excited. We promptly left.
Next were three food stalls; The Moondance Diner where Monica waited tables on rollerskates, My Sandwich where you could actually buy Ross’s sandwich and a Mockolate stall, selling waffles and crêpes (thankfully no fishtashios in sight!)
There was also a massive screen playing Friends episodes where you could chill out on deckchairs and watch, Phoebe’s cab, a little ice cream stall, a gift shop and the iconic sofa complete with umbrellas so you could recreate the title sequence! Again, the lighting was hideous, but we did the best we could!
Once we’d wandered round, it was about 11:50, so we went and queued up. We hoped that this bit would be worth the price and the journey up! I sent J a message about how it wasn’t quite what we were expecting and he messaged straight back about those awful Winter Wonderland scams you see every year in the papers!! Although it wasn’t quite that bad, I could kind of see his point.
We finally got into the tent and the beginning was pretty cool, there were loads of costumes and props from the show (something they apparently didn’t have last year) and we had 10 mins to walk around and check them all out!
I loved the holiday armadillo costume that Ross wore!! They also had the Gellar cup, “Phoebe’s” porn video and Rachel’s letter where she’d rambled on for 18 pages. FRONT AND BACK!
Once we’d had a good look round, we got to go and hang out in Joey and Chandler’s apartment! I sat in the lazyboy chair and we had the chance to sit in the canoe as well!!
It was pretty cool seeing everything, although there were about 30 or so people in our tour, so it got a bit crowded at times. We spent about 10 minutes in the apartment and the tour guide asked everyone to vacate so we could all take photos of it looking empty 😀
We then moved on to Monica and Rachel’s with the iconic frame around the eye-hole, the infamous recipe book that got stuck together so Rachel made a trifle with meat and peas, the table everyone used to sit round and the living room.
The window wasn’t quite the same though, but we did get this cool shot!!
Once we’d finished, it was about 12:30 and I decided to get a Mocklate crêpe; luckily it was just Nutella 😀 We watched a couple of the staff teaching people Monica and Ross’s New Year’s Eve dance to some of the audience, which was pretty funny, then decided to call it a day. It was only 12:50. We’d been there an hour and 20 minutes and we’d run out of things to do.
Overall, I’m glad I went, but I’d definitely never bother going again. It just wasn’t worth it for the price of the ticket or the cost of getting up there and back. We spent more time travelling than we did at Friends Fest. I loved that I got to hang out with “Rachaem” though.
Have you been to Friends Fest before? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below 🙂 x