Oxford Street in the centre of London is a major draw for those who love shopping and boasts some of the best shops in the world.
Located in the City of Westminster in the West End of London, the 1.5 miles of outlets is the busiest shopping street in Europe – attracting some 100 million shoppers from 200 countries each year, who spend around £4.9 billion.
Oxford Street is home to an amazing 300 shops ranging from high-street fashion brands to top designer names – making it ideal for a whole host of budgets and tastes. It also provides lots of employment opportunities with some 50,000 working on the street.
Found between Marble Arch and Bond Street, it is well connected with public transport links so ideal for anyone staying in central London hotels close to Paddington.
Here is a guide to just some of the shops that are worth checking out along Oxford Street.
Selfridges is one of the largest stores on Oxford Street and is regarded as one of the best department shops in the world, so it is really a must.
Founded by Harry Gordon Selfridge. The store was opened March 15th in 1909 and was even the subject of a recent television show called Mr Selfridge.
The department store is home to a whole host of luxury brands with the very latest fashions. One of the highlights is the claim that Selfridges is home to the largest footwear department in the world, with 4,000 pairs of shoes on sale.
As well as shopping, Selfridges also has a number of food and drink options, including a fabulous Champagne and Oyster Bar.
For those looking for some more budget shopping options, then Oxford Street’s Primark shops are a must. Although, there are plenty of Primark branches in other areas of the country, the two on Oxford Street are quite a bit different.
The first was opened in 2007 at the Marble Arch end of the street and has two very large floors of clothing and accessories.
However, there is also another four-storey flagship located close to the junction with Tottenham Court Road. It boasts exposed brick walls, giant LED screens and a special space where the latest fashion lines on offer can be displayed. It is also offers 82,000 square feet of items for women, men and children.
Marks & Spencer
Oxford Street is also home to the UK flagship store of the famous Marks & Spencer chain. The London branch is the retailer’s largest store and as well as the normal range of clothing, it also has a comprehensive homeware department and a great food hall.
Take a break from shopping
There are also plenty of places to take a break from shopping along Oxford Street. Many of the chain restaurants have outlets along the street and there are also a number of independent restaurants, bars and cafes.
One of the more unusual options for a bite to eat to is a Grade II listed raised terraced garden, just off Oxford Street. Brown Hart Gardens is home to Benugo’s Garden Cafe, which sells a lovely range of salads, sandwiches and hot and cold drinks.
When is Oxford Street open?
The majority of shops along Oxford Street are open from 9am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm to 6pm on Sundays. In the run-up to Christmas, many of the stores also extend their closing hours on Thursdays to ensure everyone has time to buy those essential gifts.
How to get to Oxford Street
There are plenty of bus routes to Oxford Street:3, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 23, 25, 53, 73, 88, 94, 98, 113, 137, 139 & 159.
By London Underground
It is also very easy to travel to the shopping street via the London Underground network. There are plenty of tube stations in the area including Bond Street on the Central Line and Jubilee Line, Marble Arch on the Central Line, Oxford Circus on the Bakerloo Line / Central Line / Victoria Line, Piccadilly Circus on Bakerloo Line / Piccadilly Line and Tottenham Court Road station on the Central Line / Northern Line.
Parking near Oxford Street
If you prefer to drive then there is the Q-Park Oxford Street car park which can be found at the centre of Oxford Street just behind John Lewis at Cavendish Square Gardens. There is the option to get discounted parking if you book your space in advice.