The sheer variety of shops on Oxford Street make it the place to be if you want to explore the best of what the UK high street has to offer. As well as just about every big high street name, including Selfridges, Zara and Primark, there are many restaurants, including Hard Rock Cafe at Marble Arch. With so much to do, you really could spend a whole day here. Shops on Oxford Street stay open later than most high streets and many tend to close between 8 pm and 10 pm, Monday to Saturday, especially over the Christmas season. This year the Christmas lights are pretty, softly-glowing stars combined with fairy lights, shining down on merry shoppers.
Head to Regent St, where you can find the iconic Hamleys toy store and the luxury department store, Liberty, and marvel at ‘The Spirits of Christmas’ light display (which covers Regent’s Street and also St James), which is the largest of its kind in the country. The 45 spirits flying over shoppers are covered in thousands of LED lights. See those glorious golden angels make their comeback soaring high above Regent Street as you shop.