It’s been 25 years since a group of six 20-something New Yorkers gathered around an orange sofa, giving birth to the now-legendary Friends TV show. The series aired for 10 seasons, making history that lasted way beyond its last episode. After being watched a gazillion times by people all around the world (we included), 2019 was all about celebrating the Friends 25th anniversary.
If you’re not ready for the year to end just yet or you were late to the party, here are five ways you can still celebrate Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe in 2019.
1. Book your tickets for the Festive FriendsFest in London
Comedy Central has been hosting FriendsFest for a few years now, but for the 2019 anniversary, they teamed up with The Luna Cinema. If you haven’t caught the FriendsFest events throughout the UK this summer, you’ve got a chance to get tickets to the FriendsFestive taking place between November 28 – December 21 in London.
The event will be hosted at the Old Truman Brewery in East London’s Shoreditch district. Admission costs £32 and includes a complimentary mulled wine or a non-alcoholic beverage. You’ll get to visit your favorite sets, all dressed for the festive season, including the guys’ and girls’ apartments, you’ll get to reenact the Thanksgiving floating heads scene, visit the Holiday Armadillo’s grotto, ring Phoebe’s bell outside the mall and join one of her sing-alongs. You’ll also get to have coffee at Central Perk, take photos with the famous orange sofa and at the New Year’s Disco, eat all kinds of festive food and drinks, play games, and go home with lots of exclusive merch.
2. Get your very own apothecary table from Pottery Barn
In celebration of the Friends 25th anniversary, Pottery Barn released a collection in honor of the show. Much to Pheobe’s resentment towards the retailed, you can now get your apothecary table from the “days of yore” along with other items from the collection, including mugs, pillows, and posters with some of the most memorable quotes on the show.
3. Watch a Friends marathon on Netflix
Re-watch all the seasons of the show on Netflix before the year ends. As huge Friends fans ourselves, we’ve watched the series at least four or five times by now, but especially this year, we enjoyed sharing our evenings with Chandler, Joey, Rachel, Ross, Monica, and Phoebe, laughing and reminiscing their best moments.
4. Get your Friends t-shirt from one of the big retailers
There are lots of clothing retailers celebrating the tv show’s anniversary, so you’ll find a variety of Friends t-shirt and sweatshirts at retailers like H&M, Primark, and New Look. You can also order online from Asos, where you’ll also find other Friends merchandise to pimp your home and look.
5. Build your miniature version of Central Perk
With the LEGO-sized set of Central Perk, you’ll get to build your very own coffee shop from over 1,000 pieces. The detailing is amazing, featuring meticulously designed items that include the iconic service sign, the orange sofa, mugs, flowers, and even Phoebe’s singing corner. You’ll also find the six characters, and a bonus addition of Gunther, all in minifigure form.
The internet is bursting with all kinds of Friends memorabilia, from posters and socks to a Friends version of the popular card game Cards Against Humanity or an unofficial cookbook with all the recipes featured on the show.
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