Oxford Street is one of the largest shopping districts in Europe and extends from Marble Arch down to Tottenham Court Road in a long stretch of about one and a half miles with hundreds of shops, departmental stores and mega stores lining the route. For convenience of shoppers, shops at Oxford Street have been divided into three stretches that are from Marble Arch to Bond Street, Bond Street to Oxford Circus and Oxford Circus to Tottenham Court Road. Since it is quite a cumbersome and tiring exercise to go through the entire stretch aimlessly in search of the items that you need to buy, it is best to know what the shops at Oxford Street offer so that you can see the map and visit the shop where you are likely to get what you want. The following list of shops and what they offer will be of help.
The US-import American Apparel offers leggings, figure-hugging jersey dresses, spandex leotards, skinny jeans, tracksuit bottoms, cheerleader-style knee-highs, gold headbands and a large range of top. BHS is the poor man of department store shopping whereas Debenhams brings fashion shopping to everyday customer. Forever 21, the US chain store offers cheerful clothing for the late teens or early twenties and Gap is an American casual-clothing giant. H&M is the Swedish giant of cheap, fashion trends in women’s, kids’ and men’s ranges whereas House of Fraser is a reliable department store. The Italian brand Intissimi is an unassuming lingerie shop at the wrong end of Oxford Street and is full of surprisingly good lingerie at great prices. John Lewis is one of the most respected and liked shops in Britain because it sells good products, in a pleasant environment, served by knowledgeable and amicable staff. It has a sensible ratio of quality to price for all its products.
Marks & Spencer which is the largest outlet of the store in the country has almost everything under the sun including the best tights in the business, a huge range of very good quality underwear (including generously sized numbers for the more mature customer) and footglove shoes for the less sure footed shopper. Along with the women’s fashions and menswear, there’s also children’s wear, home wares, a food hall, cafés and a bureau de change. New Look offers great bargains by selling cheap, trend led fashion and accessories. Next has an uninspiring clothing range, while boasting the occasional surprise and its store layout is a little depressing but it is famous for its bargain Sales.
Four-floor Niketown is big on clothing with tops and shoes for babies as young as three months along with trainers and sportswear. Primark is famous for cheap clothing and accessories. Pull & Bear is the latest Spanish Chain offering menswear and women’s wear in equal measure. River Island offers cheap skinny Jeans, party dresses and fast-fashion items. Russell & Bromley is famous for its shoes and leather bags. Selfridges is the first port of call for stylish one-stop shopping. Topshop offers a vast volume of reasonably priced fashion items in an organised manner. Uniqlo offers HEATTECH thermal underwear for men and women, well-cut jeans, graphic T-shirts, and cut-price cashmere and merino wool jumpers and cardigans. Zara is another Spanish high street chain offering fashion items. The list of shops at Oxford Street also has Urban Outfitters.