Americans moving to London, as well as others who plan to relocate to London that has visited the UK most likely have made a visit to Oxford Street. Famed for its shopping since the early nineteenth century it remains one of the largest tourist attractions in the UK. With most retailers having their flagship stores on the street its congestion is literally in the air. This is due to all the diesel fuel run buses that run the street. Yes transportation to Oxford Street is readily available. The shopping district is served by four tube stations and is accessible from that many lines as well.
This area is a favorite for expat Americans moving to London, for that matter, Canadians moving to London as well, and who is surprised? With all the retail happening in such a tightly situated neighborhood literally everything you could want is within walking distance and available to buy. I’d run down the list of my favorites, but it turns out that Wikipedia does this even better [and with less interjection 🙂 ]
Selfridges, the second-largest department store in the UK and flagship of the Selfridges chain, it has been on this site for over a century
As those of us who have completed our relocation know, it’s not the fanciest area to shop, but certainly is the most dense when it comes to the number of stores. Combine the neighboring Regent Street, and Bond Street and you’ll need a week just to cruise through all of what retailers have to offer. There are literally hundreds of little shops in addition to those above that together will have any type of wares you seek. And for all ladies who suffer beside me, chin deep in shoe-addiction, New Look’s shoe department is breathtaking! Of course if you have anything in your wallet left there’s always Schuh, which I would take up residence in if allowed.
All kidding aside, your relocation is not complete until your living in London, and have spent a complete day immersing yourself in all the famed Oxford Street has to offer. There is a reason after all, that Oxford Street is included on the English version of the Monopoly board.