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Busy doesn’t come close to describing Oxford Street, a mecca for shopping-mad tourists and Londoners alike. Made famous as the home of designer boutiques in the 60s, Carnaby St is undergoing a 90s revival.
Along this two-mile stretch, right from Tottenham Court Road tube to Marble Arch there are tons of chain stores and cut price shops, many aimed at tourists. Most of the shops are of the high street variety; you’ll find Next, River Island and Topshop along here. There’s also a few large department stores such as Debenhams and John Lewis and the largest of them all, Selfridges.
As well as stocking every shade of lipstick, hue of tights, and range of ties under the sun Selfridges offers a free advisory personal shopping services fro customers. So if you aren’t sure whether neon pink is really you, or you can’t decide if the latest kinky boots can be worn by middle-aged mums, the suitably stylish assistants will give you an honest answer to all your fashion dilemmas.
After an initial consultation, clothes, are selected according to your taste and budget. And for the ultimate pampering, make-up and massage facilities are also available.
Another Oxford Street institution is the Marble Arch Marks & Spencer. This flagship store stocks many items you won’t find in any other branch because new lines are introduced here, and, if prove popular enough, are then sold on nationwide. The arrival of new lines is greeted with such greedy anticipation that if you hesitate you’ll miss out. Rails and rails of popular designs can sell out in less time than it takes the shop assistants to pop them on their hangers.
Where is it? Click here for map and directions
Tubes: Oxford Circus, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road.