Oxford Street

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Oxford Street is one of the busiest streets in London as well as the largest shopping centre in Europe. It is located in the City of Westminster. Oxford Street runs from the Marble Arch in the north east corner of the Hide Park up to St Giles’ Circus, at the intersection of Charing Cross Road and Tottenham Court Road. It is approximately mile and half long and it is crossed with other London roads, such as Park Lane, New Bond Street or Regent Street.

What is now known as Oxford Street was a road linking Hampshire and Colchester in Roman times. During its existence it has had different names (Tyburn Road, Uxbridge Road and Worcester Road) until it became Oxford Street. Between the 12th and 18th century (known as Tyburn Road that time) the road was take by Newgate prisoners on their final journey from the prison to the gallows at Tyburn near Marble Arch. The area around the road was developed in the late 18th century when Earl of Oxford bought surrounding fields. It became popular with entertainers. In the 19th century Oxford Street was known for its shops.

Nowadays Oxford Street is home to more than 300 shops. There are some major department stores and numerous brands' flagship stores, as well as hundreds of smaller shops. The major stores includes: Selfridges, Marks and Spencer, HMV, Borders (bookshop), Schuh (shoe store), John Lewis, Debenhams, House of Fraser, Virgin Megastore and many others.

In the mid November Oxford Street is decorated with number of Christmas lights. This tradition started in 1959 and was stopped between 1967 and 1978 when recession hit London. Every year the lights are turned on by a celebrity and they last until January 6.
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