"The Hustle and Bustle of Oxford Street" Shopping Tip by deecat

Shopping, London: 65 reviews and 60 photos

  Jill Shopping in Oxford Street
by deecat

Favorite thing: Oxford Street used to be called such names as "The Kings's Highway", "The Acton Road", and "The Road To Tyburn".

It's named after the Earl of Oxford, Robert Harley. This street is a hustling, bustling group of shops about one mile long that runs west from Tottenham Court Road to Marble Arch.

There's only one pub (The Tottenham), but there are places to eat....but no fine restaurants. The shops are not so attractive or of architectual interest, but about 4,000,000 people crowd to this unique area each week because Oxford Street is the "shopping Mecca of London".

It's quite loud with buses, music, hawkers, and even Scot's bagpipes! I think it must be a "tradition" to shop here. A man told me that "the more middle class you are, the fewer shops you patronize in Oxford Street."

I noticed that the street guys use the "three card trick" to fleece unsuspecting people.

A word of warning: There are only seven public toilets in Oxford Street.

Jill and I went there, and she purchased glassware, and I bought a Buddy Holly CD.

It's fun but tiring, and one has to be careful that he/she does not mix up a "bargain" with a "rip off"!

Fondest memory: The glassware that Jill purchased was truly unique and quite beautiful. I took it home with me to keep for her. She was returning to the states in about six months. Jill was thrilled to see it when she finally returned home.

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Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 11, 2005
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