Located in the bustling city centre of Westminster, which lies in what’s known as London’s West End, the street is loaded with boutique shopping, delicious eateries, and plenty of people watching and fashion scoping. In the middle of the stretch os merchants lies a section of town called the Oxford Circus. The focus of this spot is the intersection Regent Street, where a mix of street performers, preachers and protesters tend to hang out on a regular basis.
Shops on Oxford Street
It’s hard to count the total number of stores on the avenue, but there are close to, but more likely over, three-hundred shops lining the road with colorful fabrics, fancy electronics, and even the latest fad in toys and games for the children.
A few of the most popular stores include:
House of Fraser: one of the most widely-known shopping institutions in all of London, the store is situated in a beautiful building from the thirties, and is actually the first to boast escalators inside a clothing retailer.
Selfridges: With more than a hundred years under its belt, the Selfridges chain is ‘this’ close to being the biggest department store in the country, but unfortunately it takes second place.
New Look: If you’re in the market for shoes, you need only go to one place – New Look. With one of the biggest selections of footwear in the European region, and carrying an enormous array of clothes for both men and women, NL stands at the top of the list as a one-stop shopping experience.
John Lewis: Opened in the late 1800’s, this 3rd-biggest UK department chain carries some of the biggest names and trends on that side of the globe.
Primark: The highlight of this website and the flagship name in London-based, Oxford-centric department beheamouths is Primark, home of what could be a hundred exclusive, house-name brands and labels. Over 200 Primark locations stretch across the EU, including Spain, Belgium, Germany and more.
Schuh: I love this place, if anything, because it has an awesome name. Considering it is the single largest source of footwear on the whole Street of Oxford, it’s a must-go, must-stop locations for shoe fiends.
Oxford Street Map – How to Get There
Whether by car, rail, foot or taxi, it’s never too difficult to get to Oxford Street to do your rounds among the shoppes. If taking the tubes, the Central will be your line of choice, as it runs close under the street and right alongside the busy Rue. People on foot bump into each other more often than not, and levels of pollution are off the charts compared to outside of the city, thanks to constant traffic from passing vehicles.
Earlier I said it wasn’t difficult to get to the line of brands, and while that’s true it is often quite busy and crowded. Buses stop more often than normal to let people on and off with their heavy bags and boxes of merchandise. The flow has become so restricted that the city has actually made propositions to lower the amount of thru-traffic for buses gradually over the coming years.
Christmas Lights on Oxford St
It’s an annual tradition that families love and look forward to all year long – the lighting of bright lights down all of the boutiques, posts and corridors of Oxford Street. The lights stay on for twelve days, and are typically turned on by somebody well-known in the area, nationally, or even a global celebrity of sorts. For example, 2009 was brightened by Jim Carrey, Harry Potter’s Emma Watson in 2004, and even the Spice Girls in 1996.