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Oxford Street is a major road in the City of Westminster in the West End of London, running from Tottenham Court Road to Marble Arch via Oxford Circus. It is Europe's busiest shopping street, with around half a million daily visitors, and as of 2012 had approximately 300 shops. It is designated as part of the A40, a major road between London and Fishguard, though it is not signed as such, and traffic is regularly restricted to buses and taxis.
The road was originally part of the Via Trinobantina, a Roman road between Essex and Hampshire via London. It was known as Tyburn Road through the Middle Ages when it was notorious for public hangings of prisoners in Newgate Prison. It became known as Oxford Road and then Oxford Street in the eighteenth century, and began to change from residential to commercial and retail purposes by the late-nineteenth century, attracting street traders, confidence tricksters and prostitution. The first department stores in the UK opened in the early-twentieth century, including Selfridges, John Lewis & Partners and HMV. Unlike nearby shopping streets such as Bond Street, it has retained an element of downmarket trading alongside more prestigious retail stores. The street suffered heavy bombing during World War II, and several longstanding stores including John Lewis were completely destroyed and rebuilt from scratch.
Despite competition from other shopping centres such as Westfield Stratford City and the Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Oxford Street remains in high demand as a retail location, with several chains hosting their flagship stores on the street, and has a number of listed buildings. The annual switching on of Christmas lights by a celebrity has been a popular event since 1959. As a popular retail area and main thoroughfare for London buses and taxis, Oxford Street has suffered from traffic congestion, a poor safety record and pollution. Various traffic management schemes have been implemented by Transport for London (TfL), including a ban on private vehicles during daytime hours on weekdays and Saturdays, and improved pedestrian crossings.
The cashier at the disabled till in the men’s section in the basement is just a horrible and sad person. Had three encounters and all ended up feeling sad . She is so slow and just mumbles words... more »
I’m a student from Switzerland and i came to a trip to Cambridge with my school. We had some free time and enjoyed some shopping. We went many time to Primarkt because we don’t have this shop in... more »
In this Primark there is a quite large section with only harry potter clothing and accessories, it was decorated pretty nicely. There is also a coffee shop on the second floor which is perfect if someone doesn't want to follow their girlfriends around the store. 😄 I would love to buy something here, but I didn't see the end of the queue.
This is my favourite Primark. Amazing choice and more items than in provincial stores. Best bit is the Harry Potter section , I usually find something HP as well as womenwear in the store
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