With over 200 million visitors a year, more than 300 shops and 5 million square feet of retail space, Oxford Street lays claim to being London's busiest street. The opening of Debenhams and Selfridges in 1909 marked the beginning of the street's dominance as a shopping centre. Amongst the chaos and bustle, retail therapists will find an oasis of calm in the area's unrivalled collection of department stores. Debenhams has a great line in designer garments at more affordable prices. Look for Jasper Conran and Lulu Guinness. Who doesn't love John Lewis? From fabric to feather boas, children's toys to cutlery this store stocks the lot. They have a 'lowest price' guarantee so you can buy with confidence and the simple lay out means you won't spend hours searching for it either! Less intimidating than Harvey Nicks and more down to earth than Harrods, Selfridges is the department store of Londoners. There's an incredible selection of British and International designers available and plenty of great restaurants and cafes to chill out in if you get a bit tired. Oxford Street also offers some of the best choice in terms of High Street fashion, if you can fight your way through the crowds. Among the best shops are inexpensive but stylish Spanish favourites Zara and Mango, up to the minute trends at Topshop's flagship store and its male counterpart Topman, Benetton and French Connection or cheap and chic Swedish store Hennes (H & M). Hot on their heels is Niketown - several floors dedicated to sports wear in every conceivable guise and colour. The street is also bookended by two Primark stores - one at Marble Arch and the other Tottenham Court Road - so shoppers have two opportunities to pick up some serious bargains, providing you're willing to fight amongst the crowds and embark on the challenge of finding your size. Oxford Street is one and a half miles end to end. Most shops open from 10am to 6 or 7pm. Many also open on Sundays from 11am or 12 noon to 6pm with late nights on Thursdays.
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London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel † from £44† 35% off
350 Oxford Street, W1C | 1 minute from Oxford Street
Discreet, muted shades, wood-panelled walls, over 140 carefully designed rooms with free Wi-Fi and a number of airy public spaces in which to relax typify this ... More
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel † from £100† 32% off
Mandeville Place, W1U | 3 minutes from Oxford Street
At the Oxford Street end of pretty Marylebone village, this hotel earns its 'boutique' label due to its uniquely designed funky interiors. The swanky deVigne bar ... More
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £73† 35% off
57-59 Welbeck Street, W1G | 3 minutes from Oxford Street
An imposing Victorian hotel whose confident architecture and Union Jack flag speak of an age when Oxford Circus was the commercial heart of a worldwide ... More
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone, London W1U | 5 minutes from Oxford Street
Free art classes and workshops, talks and tours, bring alive to visitors the varied works of art contained in the 25 galleries of the Wallace Collection, ... More
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 18th October 2011 to 24th May 2015 - Various Times
Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Soho, London W1D | 13 minutes from Oxford Street
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London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
4 St Christopher's Place, Marylebone, London W1U | 1 minute from Oxford Street
An old-fashioned, sugary-sweet, treat temptation Mrs Kibble's Olde Sweet Shoppe offers pure, unadulterated, candy-filled fun. Forget Flying Saucers, Rhubarb and Custard is the current, No 1 ... More
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
21 Barrett Street, St Christopher's Place, Marylebone, London W1U | 1 minute from Oxford Street
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London > Restaurants > British restaurants
Berkshire Hotel, 350 Oxford Street, Marylebone, London W1C | 1 minute from Oxford Street
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London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Duke Street, Mayfair, London W1K | 3 minutes from Oxford Street
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