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Oxford street

Said to be Europe's busiest shopping street, Oxford Street is a shopping paradise for people all over the world. The street is an impressive mile and a half long and has some of the biggest stores in London on it, including Selfridge's.

Oxford Street is one and a half miles from end to end. Most shops open 10am until 6 or 7pm. Many also open on Sunday from 12 to 6pm with late nights on Thursday. Oxford Street is best known for Selfridges and the other big department stores which are all found in the section from Marble Arch to Oxford Circus, along with most of the big-name multinationals. It's more of the same towards Tottenham Court Road, but generally on a smaller scale. Oxford Street is said to be the busiest shopping street in Europe.

Oxford Street first grew in popularity during the 'Swinging 60s', where designer boutiques made it popular with the city's shopping elite. Nearby is the as-popular Carnaby Street, which underwent a revival during the 90s to cater to the large crowds.

With clothing stores such as River Island and Top Shop, as well as department stores such as John Lewis, Oxford Street has everything you could possibly need to do your shopping, whether it is general, festive or looking for souvenirs.

If you don't know the first thing about shopping and are possibly being dragged round the area under the watchful eye of your partner, rest assured that their consultations, clothing advisers and items for every budget and style.

Oxford Street's flagship shop store is Marble Arch's Marks & Spencer that has every design of clothing you'd need as well as quality food goods and home products. The store is jam packed in the weeks running up to Christmas.