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Shopping on Regent Street, London

Regent Street is another major shopping destination in London’s West End with over 70 million visitors passing through the street each year. The street gets its name after the Prince Regent who would later become King George IV. The street stretches about 1.3 km (0.8 miles) between Regent’s Park in the north and Waterloo Place in the south but the main shopping area is between Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus.

This shopping destination competes with nearby Oxford Street but slightly more upmarket. Popular with Londoners and tourists, shoppers come here searching for quality merchandises from the top global brands. Some of London’s oldest retailers are here as well as many designer boutiques and high street retailers. Don’t miss Regent Street during the Christmas season when coloured lights twinkle and decorate the street at night. Besides shopping, there are the trendy restaurants and cafes to relax and dine.

Regent Street by Lewis Clarke

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Regent Street began in the early 19th century and today home to some of the oldest retailers in the UK including the Liberty department store (1875), Hamleys toy store (1881) and Jaeger clothing store (1884). During the 19th century, Regent Street was London’s centre for fashion. In 1850, it was the first shopping district in the UK to introduce late night shopping until 7 p.m. but nowadays many stores here close even later. Regent Street is famous for its fashion boutiques and exclusive stores, which include over 75 major flagship stores including Liberty, Burberry, Apple, Jaeger, Hamleys and Hollister.

Shoppers on Regent Street by aurélien

Shopping

A visit to Regent Street wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Hamleys, the world’s oldest and largest toy store. Kids of all ages will love Hamleys’ flagship store here, which occupies seven floors offering from the traditional stuffed toys to science kits. The Liberty’s flagship store in Regent Street is one of the oldest department stores in the UK. The department store offers a wide range of luxury goods including fashion, accessories, jewellery, cosmetics, fragrance and homeware. Another flagship store is Burberry, a British luxury fashion house and most famous for its trench coats.

Hamleys toy store on Regent Street by David Holt

Other fashion houses include Armani, Calvin Klein, Anthropologie, Austin Reed, J. Crew, Jaeger, Karl Lagerfeld, Moss Bros, Massimo Dutti and Hackett to name a few. These exclusive fashion houses offer designer clothes, handbag, shoes, accessories, fragrance and jewellery. The Apple retail store on Regent Street opened in 2004 and at the time was the first Apple Store in Europe. The store offers the full range of Apple devices including personal computers, tablets, smartphones and media players. Just a stone’s throw from the Apple Store is Microsoft’s flagship store offering a wide range of Microsoft products including the popular Xbox.

Apple Store on Regent Street by Jeff Wilcox

A short walk from the southern section of Regent Street and across Piccadilly is Jermyn Street. The street dates back to the 1660s and almost exclusively aimed at the gentlemen's clothing market. It is so typically British that it is enough to bring out the old-fashioned gent in anyone! Jermyn Street is famous for its traditional shirt makers that include Thomas Pink and Harvie & Hudson. There are also the resident shoe and boot makers including John Lobb and Foster & Son. Other businesses include men’s luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill, cigar shop Davidoff and Paxton & Whitfield, the oldest cheese shop in the UK.

Visiting Regent Street

The nearest London Underground stations to get to Regent Street are Oxford Circus (serving the Central, Bakerloo and Victoria Lines) and Piccadilly Circus (serving the Bakerloo and Piccadilly Lines) Stations. Oxford Circus Station is located in the northern while Piccadilly Circus is in the southern section of Regent Street. Green Park Station (serving the Jubilee and Piccadilly Lines) is located further away but within walking distance.

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