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Oxford Street London
London W1
TfL Fare Zone1
 
 
London’s Oxford Street has one and a half miles (2.4 Kms)of shops stretching from Marble Arch to St Giles Circus. Most of the big Department stores are in the section between Marble Arch and Oxford Circus. Shops open late, around 09:00 and close around 18:00 hours.
 
The street is very busy but has trees and places to sit for a rest.
 
Hot roasted Chestnuts in Winter
From September and the winter months you can buy hot, roasted sweet chestnuts from the street barrows in Oxford Street, especially the barrow close to Bond Street Underground Station – a nice treat.
 
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International Department Stores
It is in Oxford Street that you will find all the well known international stores and the large Department stores like Selfridges, Debenhams, John Lewis, House of Fraser, Marks & Spencer, and HMV music and DVD store.
 
Shopping in Oxford Street is not as expensive or exclusive as in Regent, Bond and Jermyn Streets and the other streets in Mayfair. Oxford Street contains over 300 shops and we have mentioned just a few.
 
An excellent website to visit for an in depth listing of shops is
 
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Christmas Lights Displays
At Christmas time Oxford and Regent Streets have magnificent illuminated decorations stretching across the road and special Christmas window displays. The illuminations are usually turned on by a ‘celebrity’.
 
Origins of Street Name
Oxford Street follows the route of the old Roman road out of London towards Hampshire and Suffolk and of course Oxford.
 
In the 17th century it was the main route from Newgate Prison to the Tyburn Gallows at Marble Arch and was called the Tyburn Way. It gained its modern name in the 18th century when the Earl of Oxford bought much of the land on either side of the route for redevelopment.
 
Getting There
To plan your journey use the TfL 'Journey Planner' above.
 
- By Underground
Marble Arch Station                   Central Line
Bond Street Station                   Central and Jubilee Lines
Oxford Circus Station                 Central, Victoria and Bakerloo Lines
Tottenham Court Road Station    Central & Northern Lines 
 
- By Bus 
We suggest that you visit the Transport for London website above and use their 'Journey Planner'
 
Google Map - Oxford Street