Places to see in London Oxford Street
Oxford Street Attractions
There’s something rather obvious that springs to mind when the words “Oxford Street” are mentioned: shopping. And this is to be had in abundance, however there are a few hidden gems dotted around that we think you’ll like; perhaps something to take the edge off all that stressful bargain hunting?!
Recommended Attraction in Oxford Street
There is, of course, a great deal to sink your teeth into in the area, so we’ve whittled it down to make life easier. Ain’t Nothin’ But on Kingly Street, a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus, is arguably London’s best blues bar and is probably in the running to be one of the best blues bars in Europe. We recommend you grab a seat and a cool glass of something and take in the unique, authentic blues atmosphere. Acts go from jam sessions through to big names in the blues world, so check out what’s on. If you play, there may even be a chance to show off your chops…
Alternative Things To Do in Oxford Circus
Due to shopping being the main activity, the immediate surroundings have become quite consumerist, so you won’t be short of chain cafés to quaff a quick espresso before darting off again. That said, there are some lovely boutique cafés and foodie cafeterias on the winding backstreets, such as Margaret Street and Henrietta Place. As this is where most of the agencies that represent the worlds’ biggest acting talents all have offices, there are also a few secret cinemas dotted around. You might also find it fun to head over to the BBC Radio building on Regent Street and take a peak around. If you want to be really posh and have some cash to spare, you could go to the famous ChinaWhite nightclub after hours for some frivolity! And Christmas always has the turning on of the lights to look forward to.
Oxford Street Attractions List
We know how popular Oxford Street is, and how many amazing attractions it boasts, so we’ve got a pretty nifty selection of budget hotels in this very area. Rooms do tend to book up, so make sure you check out our our Oxford Street hotel booking service to get the best possible deal!
This national museum is home to the Wallace Collection which displays works of art collected in the 18th and 19th centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace (the son of the 4th Marquess). It was given to the British nation by Sir Richard's widow, Lady Wallace, in 1897.
Address: Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN
Phone: 020 7563 9505
This is Wigmore Hall - one the world's most important recital venues. It was built in 1901 by the German piano firm Bechstein. This venue holds a unique place in London musical life and the world's most sought-after soloists and chamber musicians play here. It also helps talented young artists as some of them make their first professional appearance in London here. Every week a concert is broadcast worldwide on radio and the internet through BBC Radio 3.
Address: 36 Wigmore St, London W1U 2BP
Phone: 020 7258 8200
This is huge department store is the London flagship store of the House of Fraser, which traded as D H Evans until 2000. The art-deco building was completed in 1935 and it was the first department store in the UK to include escalators that served every floor.
Address: 318 Oxford St, London W1C 1HF
Phone: 0844 800 3752
The huge glass office building in front of you is called Centre Point. It’s 117 metres high and has 32 floors (and just in case you wanted to know, the site was once occupied by a gallows!). The building was one of the first skyscrapers in London. it was designed by Richard Seifert and built between 1963 and 1966 and is now a Grade II listed building.
Address: 103 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1DD
Phone: 020 3102 5702
This is the legendary 100 Club. It’s one of the most famous clubs in the world and has a legendary status within the history of modern British music. It’s also the oldest live music venue in London, having played live music since October 1942. It still opens for live music every night so make sure you catch a gig here!
Address: 100 Oxford Street, London W1D 1LL
Phone: 020 7636 0933
You’re now in St. Christopher’s Place - a charming enclave with terraced cafes and quirky boutiques. This continental-style precinct is a lovely place to catch your breath before returning to the shops.
Address: 23 Barrett Street, Oxford Street, London W1U 1NR
Phone: 020 7493 3294
This John Lewis store is an iconic architectural building. It has a statue on the corner with Holles Street called the Winged Figure, by Barbara Hepworth. The store has everything: from haberdashery and furniture, to electrical goods and clothing.
Address: 300 Oxford St, London W1A 1EX
Phone: 020 7629 7711
Now you’re at another famous department store called Selfridges. It was founded by Harry Gordon Selfridge in 1909 and is the second largest shop in the UK (after Harrods). You can spend hours in here because it has everything you could possibly want - and more!
Address: 400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB
Phone: 0800 123400
There are some great little hideaways tucked behind Oxford Street and this is world-famous Carnaby Street. It was the centre of London's ‘Swinging 60s’ scene and is filled with boutiques selling vintage, designer and high street fashion.
Address: Carnaby Street, London, W1F 9PS
This is the Palace Theatre which opened as the Royal English Opera House in January 1891. The name of the theatre was finally changed to The Palace Theatre in 1911. It’s played host to many fantastic West End shows, including Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Woman In White.
Address: Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 5AY
Phone: 0844 412 4656
This branch of Marks & Spencers is referred to as the ‘Oxford Street Pantheon’ branch. The Pantheon, was a place of public entertainment that was designed by James Wyatt and opened in 1772. It was then converted into a theatre, before being demolished in 1937. It became a bazaar and a wine merchant's show room for over a hundred years, before Marks and Spencer occupied the site.
Address: 458 Oxford Street, London W1C 1AP
Phone: 020 7935 7954
Leading off Oxford Circus, Regent Street boasts some world-renowned stores. This includes the amazing Hamley's, one of the world's largest toy shops. You could spend hours in here! The store is one of London's major tourist attractions, and receives about five million visitors a year!
Address: 188-196 Regent St, Soho, London W1B 5BT
Phone: 0871 704 1977
Whitfield Fine Art is a London Art Gallery specialising in Old Master and Modern British painting and sculpture. It’s run by Clovis Whitfield who is an art historian and art dealer. Whether you’re an art lover, or you just want to learn more about art - this is well worth a visit.
Address: 23 Dering Street, London W1S 1AW
Phone: 020 7355 0040
This 18th century building was home to the baroque composer George Frideric Handel from 1723 until his death in 1759. Here, Handel composed some of his greatest music and you can discover much more about the man in the Handel House Museum that’s housed here.
Address: 25 Brook St, London W1K 4HB
Phone: 020 7495 1685
This Carrara marble monument is Marble Arch. It was originally erected on The Mall as a gateway to the new Buckingham Palace. In 1851, the arch was moved to its present location during the building of the east front of the Palace. Historically, only members of the royal family and the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery were allowed to pass through the arch in ceremonial procession.
Address: 542 Oxford Street, London, W1C 1LT
Phone: 0843 222 1234
This is stunning Hyde Park which - at over 350 acres in size - is one of the largest green spaces in London. There‘s something for everyone in Hyde Park, with over 4,000 trees, a lake, a meadow and horse riding. It’s easy to forget you're in the middle of London.
Address: Park Lane, London W2 2UH
Phone: 0300 061 2000
Blues fans all over the world have flocked to Oxford Street to get themselves a seat and a drink at this eponymous blues bar. It’s decorated in a hodge-podge of genuine blues memorabilia and sports live music every night, with local acts, jam nights and American imports on tour.
Address: 20 Kingly Street, Soho, London W1B 5PZ
Phone: 020 7287 0514
If you’re rich and famous, then you’ll know ChinaWhite well. If, like the rest of us, it’s just a name associated with images of glitz and glamour, then don’t be perturbed. While this is one of London’s most exclusive clubs, it’s not prohibitive if you’re prepared to spend a bit, and if you’re up to saving your pennies for that one blow-out night, then this is the venue for you.
Address: 4 Winsley Street, London W1W 8HF
Phone: 020 7290 0580