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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

West End to become traffic-free for a day

26th October 2012

A special day will allow shoppers to wander freely down London's major high streets in the run-up to Christmas.

On November 24th, credit card provider American Express has organised the major event that will see all traffic banned from Regent Street and Oxford Street so that people can browse for those perfect Christmas gifts.

As part of the day there are also a number of other events and activities taking place to entertain people while they shop. There will be Gift Gurus on standby to offer tips on where to find the best bargains and most suitable presents, as well as carol singing to get everyone into the festive mood.

The event proved very popular last year and it is ideal for fashionistas staying in central London hotels next month.

"Oxford Street and Regent Street in Central London come alive with entertainment for Shop West End VIP Weekend," explained tourism group Visit London at last year's traffic-free day.

"Look out for special festive events and celebrations, discounts and deals throughout the weekend, providing a festive West End welcome to all."

There is bound to be something for people on Oxford Street given that it has around 1.5 miles of shops and most of the world's most famous brands are represented.

Next month also sees the Oxford Street Christmas lights switched on. The turning on ceremony will take place on the evening of November 5pm and it usually involves a celerity flicking the switch. This year's special guest has not been revealed but last year it was done by girl band The Saturdays.

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