Oxford Street is only one and half mile long, situated in the centre and near all famous landmarks of London. Very few people know that this famous street is built on the route of Roman road, and is named after Earl of Oxford who purchased land and developed it as place of entertainment. The main Oxford Street used to be called Tyburn Road, because prisoners on their way to gallows used to travel through this street. However, in the nineteenth century it became a shopping area and continues to be a popular shopping ground till date. During the Second World War it suffered heavy damage by bombing but was resurrected after the end of the war.
This small street is one of the world’s most famous luxury shopping destination. It is bustling with famous courtier names and exclusive accessory shops; a lot of department stores, as well as affordable shops. Compare to Regent street or Bond street, many British retail chains their Oxford Street branch is regarded as their ‘flagship’ store. These includes Selfridges, Debenhams, House of Fraser, John Lewis, Marks and Spencer and Topshop.
Being one of the busiest attraction as well as major shopping destination for London, visitors could almost find anything and everything they are looking for, from outfits for men and women, accessories, jewellery and watches, hairdressers and beauty shops, books, toys, stationery, electronic goods; all that heart desires is available here. Dorothy Perkins, Espirt and Jane Norman, all have their shops in Oxford Street. Even UK’s most affordable fashion brand – Primark also has it’s own shop on Oxford street, it contains several floors, and has became one of the busiest shops on the street. Because the prices are so attractive, near Marble Arch station if you see people walking with a new suitcase, 99% of them would be just finished their shopping in Primark and had to buy a suitcase to bring all of their new purchases. However, everything including the suitcase is so cheap that you don’t need to give a second thought, what to feel guilty about?
Selfridges excite shoppers with their innovative window display; while many restaurants and bars sooth and relax the shoppers with a vast choices of international foods. Debenhams’ branch at Oxford Street is undergoing a massive renovation and when ready it will be worth visiting. It is reported it is going to have a atrium and many floors. The newspapers call it the single most important redevelopment undertaken at Oxford Street.
Choose one of those famous department stores at Oxford Street and you could easily spending a whole day browsing, window shopping and buying, but take a detailed map along with you, if would be useful even if you are seasoned shopper and go often to Oxford Street. So, what are you waiting for, get your cards ready, smash your piggy bank and lay your hands on any spare cash available and go ahead and shop till you drop.
From the Airport
Take Heathrow Express to London Paddington station, Take tube district / circle line to NottingHill, change central line to Marble Arch, Bond Street, Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road Station.
Take Heathrow Connect to Ealing Broadway station, Take tube central line to Marble Arch, Bond Street, Oxford Circus or Tottenham Station.
Marble Arch, on the Central Line
Bond Street, on the Central Line and Jubilee Line
Oxford Circus, on the Central Line, Bakerloo Line and Victoria Line
Tottenham Court Road, on the Central Line and Northern Line
London Cross Rail
London Crossrail will have two stations serving Oxford Street, at Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road. In the future, you can take Cross Rail directly to Oxford Street without changing.
Take tube to start from Marble Arch, it is less busy, you will be visiting Primark, Marks and Spencer and Selfridges first and passing Debenhams, House of Fraser and John Lewis, Topshop, and then you can decide if you would like to turn into Regent Street, Bond Street. Continue to Tottenham Court Road, you are not far from the theaters, China Town or Covent Garden.
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