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Shopping on Oxford Street, London

Oxford Street is a busy thoroughfare in London’s West End stretching 1.9 km (1.2 miles) between Marble Arch and Tottenham Court Road via Oxford Circus. The stretch is a busy shopping street with more retail space than in any other parts of London with over 300 designer stores and department stores. It’s not only the busiest shopping street in London but also in the UK with nearly 200 million visitors passing through the street each year!

Oxford Street may not be in the same league as the exclusive Bond Street but a favoured high street in London for quality merchandises. Beside the high street brands, you’ll also find a collection of boutique and luxury brands here. One of the best times to visit Oxford Street is during the Christmas season, when twinkling lights decorate and beautify the street at night. Unlike Bond Street where upmarket stores are the only retailers, there are sprinkles of street traders on Oxford Street.

Oxford Street by Adrian Pingstone


The road where Oxford Street is located was originally a Roman road passing through London. It was known as Tyburn Road during the Middle Ages and eventually Oxford Street in the 18th century. Oxford Street was primarily residential in the 18th century but gradually changed into a commercial area occupied by retailers by the end of the 19th century. Department stores began to emerge from the late 19th to early 20th centuries and today home to many established retailers.

Shopping on Oxford Street by Kaihsu Tai


Oxford Street is home to many major department stores and designer outlets totalling over 300. Therefore, it’s not surprising that over half a million visitors pass through this West End shopping street each day! Oxford Street is not only popular with Londoners but also one of the most popular shopping destinations in London for tourists. Merchandises here are synonymous with designer brands and quality that include fashion, shoes, bags, accessories, watches, jewellery and perfume. Big names retailers include Debenhams, Selfridges, John Lewis, Topshop, Marks & Spencer, Primark, Uniqlo, Zara and H&M to name a few.

Selfridges department store by Jordiferrer

A major landmark on Oxford Street is the Selfridges department store, which is the flagship store of the Selfridges chain and the second largest department store in the UK. This huge department store has been here since the early 20th century and comprises of six floors. Selfridges offers a wide range of quality merchandises from fashion to consumer electronics. Another famous department store on Oxford Street is Debenhams, which has also been here since the early 20th century. It is another huge department store offering an extensive range of quality merchandises.

Debenhams department store by Edwardx

John Lewis is an upmarket retailer on Oxford Street offering British labels. Another upmarket retailer is Topshop offering fashion, leather goods, accessories and cosmetics. Primark offers a diversity of merchandises but best known among Londoners for its fashionable clothes sold at irresistibly lower prices! British retailer Marks & Spencer has two stores along Oxford Street with one located in the west end (near Marble Arch Underground Station) and another in the east end (near Oxford Circus Underground Station) of the road.

Visiting Oxford Street

Four London Underground stations are located along or within the vicinity of Oxford Street. The stations include Marble Arch (serving the Central Line), Bond Street (serving the Central and Jubilee Lines), Oxford Circus (Central, Bakerloo and Victoria Lines) and Tottenham Court Road (serving the Central and Northern Lines) Stations. Oxford Street is also on several routes served by London’s red buses.

Oxford Street on the Map

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