Oxford Street is one of Londons most well known and well trodden streets - enticing the trendy, young and fashion-conscious masses with its undeniably unique and fabulously unrivalled shopping experience. This one and a half mile long high street boasts an eclectic mix of affordable fashion items and accessories, to high end and international brands and big names, to classic homewear and the latest technology. With shops like Selfridges and other famous and large department stores (most of which are found between the Marble Arch and Oxford Circus areas, and are usually open until around 7pm), there is something to attract and tug at everyones purse strings. After all - it isn't Europe's busiest shopping street for no reason!
The hustle and bustle tends to calm down a little towards the Tottenham Court Road end of Oxford Street, with the crowds thinning as the shops get smaller, though their wares are just as desirable, if not more so. There is also a fabulous selection of cafes, restaurants and other eateries on Oxford Street (which is just as well - shopping is a hungry habit!), with options ranging from al fresco dining, to traditional afternoon tea, to classy cocktails - there's plenty to choose from, especially considering that, as of 2011, there are officially 300 shops and businesses on Oxford Street.
Every Christmas season since 1959, Oxford Street has been adorned with spectacular, festive garlands of lights. These lights are traditionally officially turned on by a different celebrity each year, and so far these celebrities have included -
1985 — Bob Geldof,
1990 — Cliff Richard,
1996 — Spice Girls,
2009 — Jim Carrey.