Oxford Circus Christmas Lights 2011 - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Oxford Circus is one of the busiest street junctions in central London. Right in the heart of one of the most famous shopping areas, it is usually impossible to stand in the middle of it without being run over. However, just before Christmas the whole of Oxford Street is closed to traffic. This panorama shows the Oxford Street Christmas lights of 2011, taken just before the road opened up to traffic again.
Oxford Circus Christmas Lights 2011 - FURTHER INFORMATION
Oxford Circus Christmas Lights 2011 - London visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Oxford Circus Christmas Lights 2011' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Greater London.
Oxford Circus is about half way along Oxford Street in London, forming a major junction in the heart of the most famous shopping area of the city. Oxford Street itself is lined with the flagship stores of many high street brands, with Oxford Circus itself being a prime location. It is here that the likes of Topshop, Nike Town, H + M, Gap and United Colors of Benetton are found, making it very busy at the weekends, especially during sales and towards Christmas.
Just before Christmas the whole of Oxford Street and Regent street are pedestrianised for a weekend. Parts of the roads are set up like a fairground and shoppers descend on the area in tens of thousands looking for pre-Christmas bargains. It is at that time that it is possible to stand in the middle of Oxford Circus to admire the buildings and Christmas lights.
At Oxford Circus, Regent Street, another major shopping street, runs south towards Piccadilly Circus while Upper Regent Street heads north past All Souls church, The Langham hotel and BBC Broadcasting House to Regents Park.
Oxford Street ShoppingOxford Street is one and a half miles from end to end, running between east-west from Tottenham Court Road to . Most shops are open 7 days a week, with late night shopping on Thursdays. The street is lined with various flagship stores including:
- Selfridges - over 100 years old, it is the second-largest department store in the UK and flagship of the Selfridges chain.
- John Lewis - on site since 1864 it is the 3rd largest department store in the UK.
- Marks & Spencer - flagship store covering 16,000 m² known as Marks & Spencer Marble Arch to differentiate it from a second store near Oxford Circus.
- Debenhams - flagship store of the chain.
- House of Fraser - flagship in an art-deco building completed in 1935.
- HMV - flagship store is the largest music shop in Europe covering 5,000m²
- Topshop - national flagship store at Oxford Circus.
- Primark - London flagship store.
- Zara - London flagship store.
- Gap - London flagship store.
- adidas - London flagship store.
- Niketown - London flagship store.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Bus: Oxford Circus (3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 23, 25, 55, 73, 88, 94, 98, 139, 159, 159, 390, 453, C2, N109, N13, N136, N18, N207, N3, N55, N7, N73, N8, N98)
Tube: Oxford Circus (Bakerloo, Victoria lines)