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Regent StreetLondon
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Regent Street is distinguished by its elegant curved and uniform appearance. The main shopping area is in the section between Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus.
A Royal Route
Regent Street was designed by John Nash in the early 19th century as a more suitable and quicker route between Regent’s Park and the Prince Regent’s (later King George IV) palace at Carlton House.
Nash was also concerned that the aristocratic area of St James’s and Mayfair would become mixed up with the haphazard development of the West End. Regent Street was built to ensure that this would not happen and the curve was put in to avoid passing through St James’s. The original street was colonnaded and galleried with small fashionable shops beneath the balconies and lodgings above.
20th Century Development
In 1910 shopping habits were changing and it was decided to redevelop Regent Street to larger shops, with uniform shop fronts faced in Portland Stone, and offices above. Trade was still in high quality fashion and exotic goods. The Street has changed very little since this time and there are still some excellent quality shops to be found.
At Christmas time Regent Street and Oxford Street both have magnificent illuminated decorations stretching across the road and special Christmas window displays. The illuminations are usually turned on by a ‘celebrity’.
Walking along Regent Street
Starting from Piccadilly Circus on the right hand side of the street at No. 86 is the entrance to Quadrant Arcade; a little further on Moss Bros (hire your top hat and tails here) and at No. 100, luxury British clothing shop established for 150 years, Aquascutum.
Wedgwood has the shop at No. 158 then it is quite a walk, past international clothing shops to Hamleys at Nos. 188-196.
Hamley's is THE toyshop in London & a must visit
Hamleys has two Royal Warrants having supplied toys to both the present Queen and the late Princess Margaret, and both Prince Charles and Princess Anne received toys from this famous store. Hamleys has been selling quality toys and games since 1760 and moved to its present premises in 1981. The shop has 7 floors selling every imaginable type of toy, game and sporting equipment. At the entrance on the ground floor there are always demonstrations of the latest thing in toys. Prices range from easily affordable to very expensive.
Become a child again and spend some time in Hamleys.
Liberty of London
Where Great Marlborough Street meets Regent Street you will see a black and white half-timbered building – this is the famous Liberty of London. Another shop with a Royal Warrant, Liberty’s was world famous for its furnishing fabrics and silks. The shop has now expanded its range into quality merchandise of all types and is well worth exploring.
Some food on the Go
Back in Regent Street, as you walk closer to Oxford Circus the clothing shops give way to takeaway eateries such as Pret a Manger and McDonalds.
At the Piccadilly Circus end, Austin Reed’s menswear store is at Nos. 103-113. It has a stunning atrium with glass lifts in the centre giving views across the whole store. In the lower ground floor is the 1920s Art Deco Barber Shop, Austin’s, offering a full range of both men and women’s hair, facial and body treatments.
Regent Street is packed with shops of all types and I have mentioned just a few.
An excellent website to visit for an in depth listing of shops is:
Getting There
To plan your journey use the TfL 'Journey Planner' above.
- By Underground
Piccadilly Circus Station            Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines. Use the Regent Street North exit.
Oxford Circus Station Central    Victoria and Bakerloo Lines
The station is on the junction of Regent and Oxford Streets. Take the Regent Street exit.
- By Bus
Many buses travel up Regent Street from Piccadilly Circus.
We suggest that you visit the Transport for London website above and use their Journey Planner
Google Maps - Regent Street


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