The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No. 77
Ahhhhh Oxford Street, Europe’s busiest shopping street. ‘Oxford Street offers an unrivalled shopping experience thanks to its exciting mix of high street fashion and international brands’. Between the 12th century and 1782 it was variously known as Tyburn Road (after the River Tyburn that ran just to the south of it, and now flows underneath it), Uxbridge Road (this name is still used for the portion of the London-Oxford road between Shepherds Bush and Uxbridge), Worcester Road and Oxford Road. It became notorious as the route taken by prisoners on their final journey from Newgate Prison to the gallows at Tyburn near Marble Arch. By about 1729, the road had become known as Oxford Street. Oxford Street is the top destination this year for luxury shopping by UK Chinese retailers, according to a survey, which is the first of its kind. The West-End shopping hub beat a number of exclusive areas including Regent Street and Bond Street as the place to buy high-end goods.
41 Oxford St, W1D 2DX
©Barnaby Barford 2014