Guide to Oxford Street in London
Oxford Street is a major thoroughfare in London, England in the City of Westminster. With over 300 shops, it is Europe’s busiest shopping street, as well as the most dense.
The area, ever popular with those visiting London to enjoy the nightlife, has many bars, clubs and restaurants nearby.
The road houses over 300 shops along its mile and a half span including many flagship stores operated by well know brands.
One of the better known streets in London, Oxford Street, is located in the city of Westminster and is one of the centerpoints of the “West End”.
The street derives its name in part from being a segment of the old London-Oxford Road which began at Newgate, City of London. Today the road forms part of the A40, although it is not signposted as this, like other roads in central London.
The original Oxford Street location dates back to the Roman times as do so many roads in the UK. The current name of Oxford Street was adopted in the 18th century as The Duke of Oxford had purchased much of the surrounding land.
It runs for approximately a mile and a half (two and a half kilometres) from Marble Arch at the north east corner of Hyde Park, through Oxford Circus to St Giles’ Circus, at the intersection with Charing Cross Road and Tottenham Court Road.
Useful Oxford Street Links
- Oxford Street Guide - Guide to shopping on Oxford Street in central London.
- British History Online (Oxford Street: Introduction) - An introduction to Oxford Street's history by British History Online
- Oxford Street on Visit London - Visit London's guide to Oxford Street.
- Oxford Street and its northern tributaries (from Old and New London: Volume 4) - Oxford Street and its northern tributaries from Old and New London: Volume 4. Originally published by Cassell, Petter & Galpin, London, 1878.
- Oxford Street: The Development of the Frontage (Survey of London: Volume 40, the Grosvenor Estate in Mayfair) - Oxford Street: The Development of the Frontage from Survey of London: Volume 40, the Grosvenor Estate in Mayfair, Part 2 (The Buildings). Originally published by London County Council, London, 1980.
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It is one of the key markers for the "West End". An area of London known for its tourist attractions, shopping, theatres, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Oxford Circus, which is located approximately in the middle of Oxford Street has a latitude of 51.514957 and a longitude of -0.144562.
Oxford Street is home to approximately 300 shops including many famous brands. Some of the most well known shops include: Selfridges, TopShop, Disney Store, Zara, O2, Nike Town, Marks & Spencer, The Body Shop, John Lewis, Pandora and many more.
For a full list of shops on Oxford Street see the Oxford Street shopping section of our website here: https://loveoxfordstreet.com/oxford-street/guide
The Oxford Street shops generally close at 9pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; they close at 10pm on Thursday; and 6pm on Sunday.
Oxford Street in London is approximately one and a quarter miles long (two kilometres).
Selfridges is one of the most famous department stores in London and well worth a visit if you are in central London. It is easy to find. It is located at 400 Oxford Street, close to Bond Street tube station.
For a map showing the location of Selfridges visit: https://loveoxfordstreet.com/oxford-street/map
For help getting to Oxford Street visit: https://loveoxfordstreet.com/oxford-street/location/
Central London has many fantastic shopping streets crammed with all manner of shops selling goodies you never even knew you needed until you see them.
Jermyn Street is a particularly good example of this, when construction work is not going on - which is almost never - it is one of the most beautiful streets in St James's lined with exclusive shops selling men's clothing and male grooming products - silver cut-throat razors and the like.
Oxford Street is perhaps the most famous shopping street in London if not the World with approximately three hundred shops squeezed in to a 2km long road.
Regent Street which crosses Oxford Street is arguably as well known, at least to Monopoly fans. Regent Street is home to the flagship Apple store in London; Burberry's flagship store; and of course the kids' favourite, the World famous Hamley's Toy Store.
Another famous London shopping street which meets Oxford Street is Bond Street (comprising of Old Bond Street and New Bond Street). It is a true fashion mecca housing flagship stores by Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, and many other leading fashion brands.
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