Radisson Blu Edwardian Guide to Oxford Street
Our guide to shopping, eating and entertainment to Oxford Street
If you have the urge to go on a huge shopping spree this is the right street to go to. Oxford Street can keep you occupied for days. We would suggest you wear comfy shoes if you want to make the most of your day.
Read our guide to find out what shops and restaurants/cafes you can expect to find when roaming around Oxford Street. We have also suggested some great hidden gems and unique shops that you may not have heard of, but that are definitely worth a visit.
Shopping in Oxford Street
If you are fond of department stores then you have a choice of, Selfridges, which needs no introduction, House of Frasier, John Lewis and Debenhams.
Not only does Oxford Street have great department stores but it also happens to be home of many flagship stores such as, Marks & Spencer (can’t go wrong when it comes to underwear), and Top Shop, if you are a fan, make sure you go to the bottom floor as there are some great pieces you wont find at other Top Shops. There is also a huge Zara, it doesn’t stock Zara home products, but they can be found at the Zara home branch on Regent Street, just around the corner. With a huge Nike and Adidas store on the street, the boys can be easily occupied as well.
You can also find many of the UK’s favourite high street stores scattered on Oxford Street such as, H&M, New Look and Next, each one containing slightly different stock. There is a huge Primark also located on the street ( we would make it a point to goat 8am or after 5pm if you want to avoid long queues)
Along Oxford Street you will find all the key places for shoes, such as Aldo, Barrats, Russell and Bromley etc however South Molton Street is great for any shoe lover. It is located just off Oxford Street and has many great shoe shops such as Kurt Geiger, Office and Pied a Terre.
Top 5 unique shops in Oxford Street
Address: 4 St Christopher's Place, Marylebone,W1U 1LZ
2. Browns Boutique
This is a very high end boutique, where you will find all the best designers and one off pieces. Each peice within the store is hand picked, this personal style of service continues as you enter the boutique.
Address: 23 - 27 South Molton Street, London W1K 5RD.
3.Ollie & Nic
A great unique handbag shop located in St Christopher’s Place. If you are a fan of handbags and accessories, this shop has a few great pieces.
Address: 5 St Christophers Place, London, W1U 1NA
4. Moda In Pelle
This is a great little boutique shoe shop located on South Molton Street, where you can find all the latest trends when it comes to shoes.
Address: 6 South Molton Street, London, W1K 5QF
Located just off Oxford Street on Portman Square – you can find high-tech gadgets & communications &surveillance equipment! Even if you do not intend to buy anything but have always been a fan of 007, this is a great shop to visit just for the experience.This is where a few lines goes about the first shop.
Address: 3 Portman Square, London, W1H 6LB
Cafés and restaurants in Oxford Street
On Oxford Street itself there are more fast food types of places such as, McDonalds, Pret A Manger, Starbucks and places to eat in all the department stores. But for something more substantial if you start to wander around and go down a few of the roads off Oxford Street such as Duke Street, Wigmore Street etc there are plenty of great restaurants. For a great atmosphere whilst you eat, we would suggest St Christopher’s Place. It is away from the hustle and bustle on Oxford Street and has many great restaurants and cafes to eat at, highly recommended.
If you're looking for traditional British food with a subtle twist, we recommend Scoff & Banter Oxford Street, for something a bit different, check out these hidden gems:
Top 5 hidden Gems
Busaba Eathai – Located on Wardour street, casual modern Thai restaurant. Try the calamari, it’s delicious.
Guerilla Burgers – Located in St Christopher’s Place, burger place, with an American diner feel. Try the sweet potato fries and the milkshakes, can’t go wrong.
Savoir faire – Located on New Oxford Street, this family run restaurant is great for affordable gourmet food.
Café Creperie – Perfect for a light lunch/snack, selling both sweet and savoury crêpes, has out door seating so great to people watch.
Ping Pong – Great place to relive your dim sum craving.
CityHawk recommends five nearby restaurants that have a table available at the time of your search and lets you book on the go.
Entertainment and going out in Oxford Street
Aside from the natural buzz on Oxford Street, if you are looking for things to do other than shopping you have the following options;
The Odean Cinema – Near to Marble Arch tube station, there is nothing like a great film to kill some time.
The London Palladium – One of the most famous variety theatres in the world, you should try and watch a play here.
Wheatsheaf – A good pub to go to if you enjoy stand-up comedy.
Market Place bar – just off Oxford Circus and is great for drinks and nibbles.
Getting around and public transport in Oxford Street
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