Nearest Tubes: Marble Arch, Bond St, Oxford Circus
Oxford Street stretches for 2 miles through the heart of the West End with Marble Arch at one end and Tottenham Court Road at the other. The street was originally the old Roman road that went to Oxford, hence the name.
Nowadays the name Oxford Street is synonymous with shopping and it is here that you will find lots of high street shops alongside big department stores. Most of the department stores tend to be at the western end of the street, near Marble Arch, and it is this end that you should probably head for, as the eastern end of the street tends to be a bit downmarket.
Some well-known stores that you will find on Oxford Street are Marks and Spencers, John Lewis and Selfridges. There are also the big music stores of HMV and Virgin.
December is a particularly good time to visit Oxford Street as the displays of Christmas lights and decorations are legendary. Selfridges is particularly famous for its santa's grotto.
Other well-known shopping areas in London include Regent Street, Piccadilly and Bond Street.
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