Oxford Street is one of the most popular and vibrant shopping streets in Europe. It is located in the City of Westminster, London, and runs for nearly 2 miles from Marble Arch via Oxford Circus, where it crosses Regent Street, to Tottenham Court Road.
Oxford Street is also one of the busiest shopping streets with around half a million daily visitors. It is home to over 300 stores, including some of the world’s most famous brands like Selfridges, Topshop and Marks & Spencer. Marks & Spencer even has two stores on Oxford Street. Other shops are Primark, Zara, Adidas flagship store, JD Sports, New Balance flagship store, TX Maxx, Flanels and Matalan.
In addition to shopping, Oxford Street also hosts an array of entertainment venues such as cinemas and theatres.
because Oxford Street is the main East-West corridor through Central London it is very busy with traffic. Around 175.000 get on or off a bus every day on Oxford Street. Because it is so busy buses often drive at a much slower speed. In 2016 a report was made that concluded that buses didn’t drive faster then 7.4 km/h, while pedestrians walked with a speed of 5 km/h. on Oxford Street it’s sometimes better to walk then to take the bus!
in December Oxford Street is decorated with beautiful lights, this is a tradition that started in 1959. End of November the lights are turned on by a celebrity. The lights remain until 6 january.
how do you get there?
underground stations Bond Street (West Oxford Street), Oxford Circus (middle Oxford Street) and Tottenham Court Road (east Oxford Street).