The streets of Central London are littered with famous designer boutiques and world renown stores, filled to the brim with luxury accessories. Oxford Street is considered to be one of Europe’s busiest streets, and even moreso during the holiday season when the entire 1.5 mile strip is filled with lights, parades, and food cart vendors. When you’re looking for unique, authentic, and high-end goods head over to Oxford Street for some of the world’s best selections.
Almost all of the shops are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursdays are extended shopping hours in true London tradition. On Sunday, you’ll find most stores open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m; every Londoner knows that getting home late on Saturday night requires a necessary sleep-in between shopping sprees! Here are just five of the top luxury boutique shops you’ll find in the Oxford Circus area on your visit to the city of London:
Monsoon offers a fine sampling of Europe’s latest fashions with a modern and contemporary touch. From women’s special occasion dresses to knitwear and fair-trade goods, this high-end retailer also offers selection of men’s and children’s fashion along with plush home accessories. If you’re looking for a unique gift or stylish addition for the apartment, this is the place to pick up some rare finds. Monsoon is located at 264 Oxford Street, London. The online catalog will give you just a taste of this ritzy store downtown!
When you’re on the hunt for designer footwear for men and women, make a stop at Office Shoes at 192 Oxford Street. This upscale version shoe boutique offers both classic and contemporary shoes, a wide selection of sandals, and a lineup of sporty collections as well. Women’s collections including ‘Mistress’, ‘Dolly’, ‘Amelia’, and ‘Anastasia’ are ready for the trial and error runs of finding if the shoe fits. The Office has become a popular spot for finding a unique and fashionable pair for an event or special occasion, so be sure to take your time and review the hundreds of styles available. The store also carries a choice line of vintage shoes.
La Senza is an upscale version of Victoria’ Secret, offering a quality line of women’s lingerie and accessories. This is a European chain but has that independent boutique feel when you walk in. New collections can be viewed online, and special orders can be picked up from this always-busy store. La Senza is located at 162 Oxford Street. Intimissimi is another top choice for women; this Italian collection features unique pieces and classic styles, and the store is located just a block down at 90 Oxford Street.
True London football enthusiasts can enjoy the Soccer Scene for specialty items including jerseys, flags, t-shirts, equipment, and even posters. This store also has a nice assortment of retro shirts and football accessories; pick up a few pieces from the England Training Wear department and you’ll be set for a day at the stadium! Online orders also offer next day delivery in the UK, and the website is a great place to start on your sports-minded gift hunt.
When you’re on the hunt for exclusive brands for men, Cecil Gee is one of London’s favored spots for high-end goods in the menswear department. Fresh from the catwalk, outfits in the storefront changes weekly with the latest styles and pieces from Armani, Diesel, Hugo Boss, Holland Esq, Ralph Lauren, and J Lindenberg. This is where you can shop for an entire wardrobe and be confident with the prime selection; customer service is exceptional, and you won’t be disappointed. You’ll find this menswear boutique at 287 Oxford Street.
In addition to the world renown department stores and elegant storefronts on Oxford Street and Regent Street, the areas of Tottenham Court and Marble Arch offer enough to browse and sample for a few weeks-at a minimum. It’s a shopper’s paradise in Central London, and there’s no limit on how much exploring and browsing can be done. When you’re looking for high-end brands and designer goods, Oxford Street is a must-stop on your travels. Enjoy your visit to one of the world’s top destinations for shopping!