One end of the road begins at the eastern end of Hyde Park and crosses Oxford Square and St. Giles Square. The street is more than 2.5 kilometers long and named after Count Oxford, who lived here in the 16th century.
It’s common to come across public figures and celebrities while going on your shopping spree on Oxford Street. Politicians, actors, movie stars and the British royal family - all assemble here to for some shopping. The prices in the stores are high, but if you arrive at sales season, there are many bargains to be found.
During its most popular months, the road is packed with tourists looking for a place to spend their money. Even if it’s not within your budget, you can always sit down and eat a hot soufflé and people watch.
Among the shops and chains on the road are popular chains like Zara, Gap, Nike, Primark, Uniqlo, H & M and more.
This links to the chilling history in the city. On the evening of October 23, 1783 at a secluded spot on the street, a robber named John Austin was hanged mercilessly. This cruel act was the last time the ancient custom occurred -the procession of prisoners from the Newgate prison to the gallows in Tyburn, and their on-the-spot execution.
For 300 years, death row prisoners made their way directly from Old Bailey to Marble Arch. Such processions took place eight times a year and were among the most intriguing events in the capital, to the extent that even the deer gathered at the edge of the roads. People’s heads would peep from the windows of the houses. The procession was 2 kilometers long and took three hours.