Shopping in London hasn’t been this much exciting and fun-filled than on Oxford Street. Known as the busiest shopping street in Paris, Oxford Street promises much more than shopping. It offers visitors in their London walking tours a rare chance to truly glimpse the distinctive culture prevailing in the city. The street hosts several high-profile brands from all over the world along with local ones that offer visitors a true diversity in shopping.
Besides being the chief shopping arena in London, Oxford Street has a rich history. Having a close understanding of its history will definitely reward anyone wishing to visit the place. It occupies a central position in Londoner’s life, that the street is a popular attraction featured in many of the London old city tour programs. Below are some of the fascinating facts about the famed Oxford Street in London.
Tyburn Road and Prisoners
The Oxford Street was in the earlier times as the Tyburn road named after the now extinct Tyburn River that flowed beneath the place. The place has a rich historical significance as it used to transport condemned prisoners from the Newgate Prison. They were hung at the Tyburn tree located at Marble Arch. A round stone embedded on the road marks the location of the tree from which the prisoners were hung.
Secret Underground Street
One of the most bizarre aspects of Oxford Street is regarding the claims that there exists a secret underground street beneath the place. This Victorian styled street is believed to be complete with cobblestone laid pavements and abandoned shops. The first claims of the existence of this secret underground street came from people who worked at Oxford Street in the eighties and earlier periods. It is believed that this underground Victorian Street is accessible through the basements and cellars on shops beneath shops such as Forever 21 and Selfridges.
Oxford Street is well renowned for its impressive Christmas lights and decoration. Joined by the neighboring Regent Street, both of them are adorned with decorative lighting that makes Christmas shopping and strolls a spectacular experience unlike any other. This tradition of lighting up for Christmas actually began in Oxford Street from 1959 onwards. During Christmas, approximately 700,000 light bulbs are being displayed across the street. Visitors will find Christmas time the best time to visit London, as the spectacular light shows in Oxford Street will promise them a delightful experience.