Oxford Street – Join the Hustle and Bustle

In one and a half miles, London produces what many tout as the busiest shopping area in Europe. You’ll find several of her oldest shopping emporiums — including Selfridges, which just celebrated a huge centennial anniversary in May, 2009.

Most Oxford Street stores are open from 10am until either 6 or 7 pm and some open Sunday, 12 – 6. Thursday nights, many of the shops stay open later.

Heading from Bond Street Tube to Oxford Circus Tube station, the major shops which caught my eye fan out accordingly on the North side of the street:

___ Old Quebec, Wallis, Mothercare

___ Mark’s & Spencer, Selfridges

___ The Body Shop, Debenhams, House of Fraser

___ John Lewis, Anne Harvey (full figure), Clarkes Boots

___ NikeTown, Miss Selfridge (younger women’s clothes), Urban Outfitters

___ Hong Kong Shanghai Bank, Global, HMV Music

___ American Apparel (no low-wage peasant labor), Benetton, Global Luggage

___ lots of restaurants, Crest Souvenirs, Whittard (tea and coffee), Eurochange

Then, on the south side heading back to Bond Street tube:

___ Waterstone’s (Europe’s biggest bookstore), banks, eateries.

___ Madhouse (English jeans), Julian Graves (health food), souvenirs

___ Swarovski crystal, Boot’s (pharmacy), bank, Marks & Spencers 2

___ Dorothy Perkins – girls, small women, pregnant women

___ Benetton 2, Vision Express, banks, Esprit 2, Swatch, Thornton’s chocolates

___ Dorothy Perkins 2, Swiss watches, Camper (Spanish shoes)

___ Adida’s, Waterstone Books 2, banks, sunglasses, food, souvenirs, luggage, Laura Ashley

There are other parts of London, with different shopping points of view and emphasis, but Oxford Street covers the basics very well, with quality merchandise. It’s close to most West End hotels and easy to reach on public transport.

Have fun looking for unique items. I still have a beautiful one-size-fits-all, soldier-red, woolen cape which I bought on Oxford Street 40 years ago. It is always in style, and I always am complimented when I wear it. Look for something special yet practical, and you’ll enjoy your shopping expedition for a long time to come.

Many of the stores have websites, and you can learn more at:
Oxford Street shopping – step by step.

©2009 Mystic at Travel Vacation Review