Comedy Central to recreate Monica's apartment for Friends activation

Comedy Central UK will host a week-long fan experience to celebrate the iconic sitcom Friends in September, following news that the VIMN channel has renewed its exclusive contract to air the show on British TV.

FriendsFest will also feature an exhibition of original props and memorabilia
FriendsFest will also feature an exhibition of original props and memorabilia

Tickets to FriendsFest sold out in less than half an hour after going on sale today (12 August). A representative for Comedy Central informed Event that the brand is looking to do a second release, with the details to be announced over social media.

The experience will feature a full-scale set of Monica’s New York apartment, which hosted many of the scenes in the show, an exhibition of original props and memorabilia, and a Central Perk-inspired café where guests can have their picture taken on the famous orange sofa and enjoy a coffee.

FriendsFest will also include a pop-up blow dry hair salon, inspired by the ‘Rachel’ haircut, a Big Apple-themed courtyard and a foosball table.

The experience will take place at The Boiler House on London’s Brick Lane from 16-20 September.

Jill Offman, managing director of Comedy Central UK and senior vice president for Comedy at VIMN, said: "Friends is hugely popular, with almost 5.9 million people tuning in to watch it on Comedy Central each month. As we celebrate news that Comedy Central will remain the exclusive TV home of Friends, it’s great to give something special to fans and what better way than with FriendsFest."

In June, TV streaming site Hulu opened a recreation of Jerry Seinfeld's apartment in New York, while Airbnb is offering fans of the Australian soap Neighbours the chance to stay on Ramsey Street on 7 September.

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