A guide to Oxford Street

Oxford Street in London's West End is Europe's largest and busiest shopping street, so if you're planning a trip to the capital in the near future it's a landmark you simply have to see.

With the festive season now fast approaching, the entire area will soon be decked out in shimmering lights, and as retail activity picks up over the final few months of the year you're sure to find lots of bargains here as well, so there really is no better time to come.

Oxford Street itself runs from Tottenham Court Road in the east to Marble Arch in the west, and can be accessed via a number of tube stations – including Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus, Bond Street and Marble Arch, while Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus are also both just a short walk away.

Heading from east to west, you'll notice that the shops get progressively larger and posher, with many high-end fashion and jewellery boutiques to be found around Bond Street.

Oxford Circus, meanwhile, marks the junction between Oxford Street and Regent Street, and it's on this corner that you'll find the flagship Topshop and Topman stores, as well as the enormous Nike Store.

Heading along Regent Street itself will provide you access to some of the most iconic shops in the capital, including Apple's flagship store and Hamelys – perhaps the most famous toy shop in the world along with FAO Schwarz in New York.

Continuing westwards, you'll stumble upon Selfridges and the Disney Store, so if you're looking to do some Christmas shopping while in the capital you're certain to find the perfect gifts for all your friends and family here.

Eventually you'll reach the end of Oxford Street at Marble Arch, which acts as the entrance to Hyde Park. It's here that the famous Park Lane begins, so if you fancy spotting a few celebs then you'll be in with a good chance of doing so in this part of town.

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