Microsoft’s Flagship Store in London opens today, with crowds expected to flock to Oxford Circus to get their hands on the company’s latest technology and experiences.
Covering 22,000 square feet over three floors, the store has a modern feel, with lots of space and wood and glass surfaces. Visitors will be greeted on the ground floor by a large video wall and Surface devices on tables, with the McLaren on their right and the HoloLens mixed-reality headset to their left. A wooden spiral staircase or lifts will take them to the Gaming Lounge on the first floor, where they can play the latest Xbox and PC titles in high-quality gaming chairs and professional pods, purchase third-party laptops and accessories and get tech support, trainings, repairs and advice from the Answer Desk. All visitors can create their own personalised Surface Type Cover with Surface Design Lab, featuring a range of designs that can be etched directly onto the cover. They can also take photos in the Selfie Area.
The enterprise area on the second floor is a place to support, train and grow businesses no matter where they are on their digital transformation journey. From small companies and educational institutions to enterprise customers, the Product Advisors and Cloud Technical Experts will help customers discover, deploy and use Microsoft 365 and other resources to solve business challenges such as AI, data security, collaboration and workplace efficiencies. This floor also contains an area for hosting events, as well as meeting rooms and a Showcase space for demonstrating how customers, including Carlsberg and Toyota, are digitally transforming.
It is also the most accessible store Microsoft has ever opened, with buttons to open doors, lower desks to help those in wheelchairs and Xbox Adaptive Controllers available for gamers with restricted movement.
Here is what you can expect when the doors open at 11am:
- Staff greet customers at the opening of the store
- The Gaming Lounge contains high-quality gaming chairs and professional pods
- A curtain dropped to reveal staff in the store
- Visitors to the store can use augmented reality to find out more about the local area
- A full-sized McLaren Senna sports car doubles as a Forza Motorsport 7 experience
- Cindy Rose, Microsoft UK CEO, with gamer Vivek Gohil
- Crowds outside the London store
- The Gaming Lounge lets people play on PC and Xbox
- Anyone buying a Surface at the Store can get a designed etched onto the cover
- The Gaming Lounge
- Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer, chats to an Xbox fan in the Gaming Lounge at the London store
- Staff clap as customers enter the store
- Schoolchildren learn to code wands in the Community Theatre
- Visitors can play Forza Motorsport 7 in driving rigs
- The Gaming Lounge is on the first floor
- A girl uses a Microsoft Surface device in the Flagship London Store
- The Gaming Lounge caters for anyone with accessibility needs
- The Experience Centre