Inside luxury apartments in a London department store where Only Fools and Horses was once filmed

A distinctive 1930s London department store where Only Fools and Horses was filmed has reopened as a luxury building.

The former family-run Randalls department store in Uxbridge, west London, has been transformed into 14 apartments seven years after it last closed in 2015.

Founded in 1891, the Art Deco building was constructed in 1937 and became a Grade II listed building in 2008.

The iconic facade of the Vine Street building has been preserved in the new development by Inland Homes, as have some of the department store’s original features including the checkout counter, pneumatic tube system and store signs.

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The apartments have been built in the original building with an extension on the second floor.

The apartments are a mix of studio, one and two bedroom apartments designed with an open plan layout by design firm Phoenix Interior Designers.



A room in the converted Randalls department store


The kitchen/living area inside one of the duplexes built in the former fire station
The kitchen/living area inside one of the duplexes built in the former fire station

Each property has underfloor heating, high quality kitchen appliances and trendy white bathrooms.

A former fire station next to the department store has also been transformed into three one- and two-bedroom duplexes featuring open-plan living and kitchen areas with high ceilings and “a light and airy feel”.

Property prices in the new development start from £320,000 and apartments are now available for viewing.

Randalls Department Store was a family business, operated by five successive generations of the same family.



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During its long life, the store has been used as a setting for several TV shows, including the most famous Only Fools and Horses.

He also courted controversy during World War II when his advertisements were accused of violating wartime censorship.

The last owner of the store was Sir John Randall, former MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, who closed it after it could no longer compete with online shopping.

Speaking at the time of its closure, Randall described the department store’s closure as “like a bereavement”.

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