Oxford Street and Regent Street

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Oxford Street and Regent Street Although Oxford Street and Regent Street connect at the always-hopping Oxford Circus, the two streets draw markedly different crowds. London England 51.515233 -0.142103
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Oxford Street and Regent Street - Outdoor Activity | Shopping Area in London.
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Party Earth Review Although Oxford Street and Regent Street connect at the always-hopping Oxford Circus, the two streets draw markedly different crowds. With hundreds of stores and eateries and thousands of bleary-eyed shoppers, the... ... read full review

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    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Oxford Street and Regent Street Review

The Scene

Although Oxford Street and Regent Street connect at the always-hopping Oxford Circus, the two streets draw markedly different crowds.

Although Oxford Street and Regent Street connect at the always-hopping Oxford Circus, the two streets draw markedly different crowds.

With hundreds of stores and eateries and thousands of bleary-eyed shoppers, the gritty and tourist-driven Oxford is a budget-friendly complement to Regent Street, the bustling avenue of choice for discriminating fashion lovers who prefer style to savings.

On Oxford, eagle-eyed visitors and savvy bargain hunters look for deals at discount shops like Primark and Next, or peruse the wares at the familiar worldwide retailers that dot the historic boulevard, from Niketown to Zara and H&M, where budget fashionistas sift through the racks.

Over on Regent, meanwhile, wealthy world travelers eager to take a gander at Europe’s latest fashions step into institutions like Ted Baker, Massimo Dutti, and Kipling for the season’s trendiest trousers, sassiest skirts, and most awe-inspiring accessories.

Bustling by day, both streets die down considerably at night, though the disparate vibe lives on with university students gravitating toward Oxford’s more relaxed fish and chips joints and well-to-do young professionals heading out for an evening at Regent’s trendier and pricier restaurants and bars.

Two of the most densely populated commercial roadways in Britain, Oxford Street and Regent Street offer markdown values, luxury wares, and a selection so broad that their shops appeal to kings and paupers alike.

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Tip from Adriana:

Check out Topshop for the latest British fashion trends, including the stylings of avant-garde designer Maria Francisca Pepe and high-end jewelry maker Pamela Love. The massive multi-story shop is the anchor of the Oxford Street shopping scene and includes a nail bar and blow dry bar.

  • Crowd

    Local shoppers and globe-trotting tourists of all ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Shopping, from specialty shops like Hawes & Curtis (177 Regent Street) to private label department stores like Marks & Spencer (458 Oxford Street).

    Media retailer HMV (150 Oxford Street) hosts an ongoing series of free in-store concerts featuring local favorites and world famous bands.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Street vendors sell roasted nuts, kebabs, and snacks. Eateries and bars range from posh lounges like Sketch (9 Conduit Street) to casual cafés like Kaffeine (66 Great Titchfield Street) and omnipresent fast food joints.

  • Prices

    Cheap to very expensive.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any day, though crowds are heaviest during rush hour and on weekends.

  • Close By

    Market Place (11-13 Market Place) offers tired window-shoppers a place to relax over burgers, salads, and giant group cocktails.

Oxford Street and Regent Street User Reviews

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Two streets you can't missed in London!!!
Jasmine C. Jul 9, 2013
If you love shopping, you can't missed these two streets in London. All the biggest brands you can think of are all here and if you missed H&M/ZARA while you are shopping, don't worry another H&M/ZARA just right at the corner. Not just fashion, there is also an Apple Shop and Ferrari shop on the Regent Street. If you need a little break, one of the most famous cafe " Caffé Concerto" just waiting for you on the Regent Street, you can't missed their window with lots of tasty desserts.
Shops, Shops, Shops
Samantha O. Jun 2, 2013
I perhaps love shopping a little too much, and this is the place to go if you want to grab some great bargains. From Primark to H&M, you'll find the store you're meant to enter. I spent many, many hours perusing the shops down these streets and spent way too much money, but it was worth it. It's the shopping hub of London for the people who can't afford Harrods.
The Top of the Shops
Ailsa C. Mar 8, 2013
When I think of shopping in London, the first thing that comes to mind is always Topshop. The incredible Topshop flagship store, situated at Oxford Circus, is a cave of wonders for any self-respecting shopper, male or female, old or young. Four enormous floors with every imaginable concession, including Motel, Topshop Vintage and countless others, a nail bar, a restaurant, a hair salon and a personal shopping service, it's no wonder that this oh-so-much-more-than-a-shop attracts up to 30,000 shoppers daily. It is my first priority when it comes to hitting the shops in this city, and I can easily spend hours at a time browsing, trying on, daydreaming, wishing for a bottomless purse... The layout is manageable and the staff are generally helpful and ready to search for your size in the back- a task which is presumably not an easy or quick one, considering the enormity of the store. Topshop caters for every style and budget, with basic items which will give you change from a tenner often on a 2 for 1 deal, wearable trends or unique pieces if you don't like to follow the crowds, to full blown copy-catwalk items, generally not for the faint-hearted, the short of cash or indeed the subtle dresser. A true epitome of British style, sometimes eccentric, always fashion-forward, Topshop should be the first call for a shopper in London. Just beware: you will not leave empty-handed, so window-shoppers- this one is not for you!
A must for any shopper
Lyndsey W. Feb 10, 2013
Oxford Street and Regent Street are a must when visiting London; they are the most famous shopping areas in the city and there is nothing you can't buy there! Enormous department stores and flagship stores dominate Oxford Street and high end boutiques can be found in almost every street branching off of the unquestionably chic Regent Street. If you are going to be around at Christmas make this area your first stop! This is where the main display of Christmas lights go up, making the streets bright and festive. The lights vary a bit every year due to the different sponsors, this can add a bit of something different (or even downright funny for anyone who noticed that this year's lights were sponsored by Marmite!) to make your experience unique. There are also delicious smells wafting over from street vendors roasting chestnuts and cooking waffles as you bustle by. Although these streets become insanely busy on weekends, especially when Christmas Day is approaching, the festive cheer here is unquestionable and the shopping and character are unmatched.
Central Attraction
Julie T. Dec 13, 2012
I studied abroad at the London College of Fashion over the summer and spent a great deal of time at Oxford Circus and around the area thanks to the location of the campus. I love that it has every store and beautiful department store and every place I'd need to go right there. I love that it's easy to reach and it's quite beautiful and exciting and great for people watching. Regent Street also is a great place to just walk around and shop. If you're trying to bustle in and out though, which I was doing a lot, the place is a pain to weave in and out of because of all the tourists. There are also creepy people tryinghttp://www.partyearth.com/london/things-to-do/shopping/oxford-street-and-regent-street-2/# to hit on/take advantage of girls/tourists so beware. Just be aware, try not to get run over, and enjoy the place. So many great neighborhoods around to enjoy as well! Oh I miss it.
Great at Christmas
Lauren M. Dec 11, 2012
Regent Street/Oxford Street are so much fun at Christmas - there are massive displays in all of the windows, lights everywhere, and even fake snow! I would recommend going on a weeknight to avoid crowds though - often slow-moving, touristy crowds that gather around bus stops and the tube station. I also recommend skipping the chain stores (H&M, Urban) and heading to the more local shops (Debenhams, etc.) for a taste of London. The Langham Hotel is a great place to stop for tea or dinner while you're there. It's fancy and Victorian (again, to remind yourself that you're in London! Sometimes awareness of place gets lost in a crowd...). Always keep your pockets/purses zipped though, and it's a good idea to bring a friend to navigate the crowds with you - plus, it's more fun.
Good shopping
Jody P. Dec 10, 2012
This shopping district is basically composed of two streets - oxford street and regent street. oxford street has the discount and bargain and lower-end stores and regent street has all the designer shops and high-end boutiques. I love a good bargain so I had a lot of fun shopping on oxford street. although i was only window shopping, i really loved walking down regent street and checking out all of the fashion. It is a great shopping district because there really is something for everyone. Not to mention the district is historic so there are a lot of beautiful buildings as well.
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