Cookie Policy

So that you can make full use of the personalised features on our website, your computer, mobile phone or other device (all referred to here as 'device') will need to accept cookies.

Here you can see what cookies may be sent to your device by and what we use each cookie for. You can set your browser to reject cookies (see the 'Help' menu of your browser to find out how to do this), but please bear in mind that if you do this, certain personalised features of this website cannot be provided to you.

Cookies used on

Below is a list of the main cookies used by and what each is used for:

Cookie Name What we use them for
s_sq, s_prop6, s_cc and s_vi We use these cookies to see how many visitors use our website and which pages they view. We use this information to make improvements that make our website as usable as possible.
WC_USERACTIVITY_{xxxx} This cookie allows us to identify a logged in customer and their various preferences, such as preferred language and which product assortment is relevant to them. It helps us to personalise the website for each visitor.
WC_AUTHENTICATION_{xxxx} This cookie provides security when using the website: if a visitor has left their browser open and not logged out, this cookie will ensure that they are automatically logged out after 30 minutes of inactivity.
WC_ACTIVEPOINTER This cookie remembers which branch a visitor has previously selected. This is important as different branches have different ranges of products, so we can use this cookie to determine which products to display to the visitor when they browse our website.
WC_PERSISTENT If a visitor selects the Remember Me option when logging on to the website, this cookie allows us to remember them when using the website at a later date from the same device. On returning, visitors will be able to view certain pages as if they were logged in, however if they view or change any personal information or checkout, they will be prompted to login.
WC_SESSION_ESTABLISHED This cookie is used to check we have stored a visitor's data in the secure fast-access part of our server. This ensures a faster website, which means a more efficient visit.
JSESSIONID As our website is split over several servers to improve performance, this cookie allows us to direct the visitor's requests to the same server each time, increasing the speed of the website.
WC_USER_AUTHENTICATED This cookie helps us recognise a visitor so we can display a welcome message and they can post comments on our forums and recipes.
WC_GENERIC_ACTIVITYDATA This cookie remembers the preferences of a guest visitor, such as which language or branch they choose, so that we can personalise the site for them when they return.
LGP, TMP and TMS These cookies show us how a visitor found our website and which website they came from. This helps us know which of our online marketing channels is most effective. They also allow us to reward some external websites for directing visitors to us.
rememberUserLogonID If a visitor selects the Remember Me option when logging on to the site, this cookie remembers the email address used. The website will show that email address in the login email address field on subsequent visits by the same visitor from the same device.

How to manage cookies

Our cookies do not store financial information, or information which is capable of directly identifying you (such as your name or address). Cookies simply allow our website to retrieve this information in order to personalise and improve your experience of our website.

However, if you wish to restrict, block or delete cookies from - or any other website - you can use your browser to do this. Each browser is different so check the 'Help' menu of your particular browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.

Please bear in mind that if you do this, certain personalised features of this website cannot be provided to you.

Third-party cookies

When you are on you may notice that there is content from other websites - for example a video from YouTube or a store locator map from Google. We may also provide you with the opportunity to share information with others using social networks such as Facebook. We add this content from time to time to improve the user experience. As a result, you may be sent cookies from these other websites. John Lewis does not control these cookies and we suggest you check these third-party websites for more information about the cookies they use and how you can manage them.

Some of the other business partners that may set cookies on include:

Partner Name What their cookies are used for

Our business partner Omniture uses analytics software SiteCatalyst to help us and them take and analyse visitor information such as browser usage, new visitor numbers, response to marketing activity and shopping times. This information helps us to make improvements to our website, the shopping experience and marketing campaigns.

The data stored by these cookies can be seen only by the relevant teams at John Lewis Broadband and Omniture, and never shows any confidential information.


Our business partner Edigital Research invites our visitors to take part in a survey of their experience when using the website. We use this survey to prioritise our ongoing web improvements.

Cookies are used in this process to ensure we get a representative sample of visitors for our research and that no individual visitor is unfairly asked to participate in the survey.

Tagman Advertising
  • Accuen
  • Affiliate Window
  • Bing
  • Criteo
  • DoubleClick
  • Google
  • LinkShare
  • Responsys
  • Specific Media
  • TradeDoubler
  • Yahoo will sometimes advertise using an external company to deploy cookies from our advertising partners listed. These are used to help us and our advertisers see which advertisements visitors click on and interact with. Each individual advertiser uses its own tracking cookies and the data taken is not interchangeable. No confidential information is taken.

Our business partner TagMan provides a global Opt-Out function, whereby a user can go to their website and switch off TagMan tracking: Manage Advertising cookies.

If you opt out in this way for, you will also be opting out for and all other TagMan clients. This opt-out facility is also cookie based, meaning that if you clear your cookie history within your browser, you would need to opt out again.

Usablenet Our business partner Usablenet use cookies to manage mobile sessions by monitoring idle times and enabling the full website on mobile devices, which can be used to implement links such as 'view full site'. The cookie will expire after 30 minutes or at the end of the session.
Share Tools

Where uses the opportunity to 'share' content with friends through social networks - such as Facebook - you may be sent cookies from these websites. John Lewis Broadband does not control the dissemination of these cookies and we suggest you check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and to manage them.

Facebook privacy policy

YouTube privacy policy.

Adobe Flash may display video content using Adobe Flash Player. Adobe uses Flash Cookies (also known as Local Shared Objects) to help improve the user experience. Flash Cookies are stored on your device in much the same way as usual cookies, however they are managed by your browser differently.

If you wish to disable or delete a Flash Cookie, see Adobe Flash Player security and privacy.

Please bear in mind that if you disable Flash Cookies for you may be unable to access certain content on the site.

Further information about cookies

If you wish to learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them, visit

Our cookie policy

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