There are a handful of places in London that are known worldwide as hotspots for tourists and first-time visitors to the city. Among them are landmarks like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the iconic Oxford Street. The famous stretch through the centre of London has become known for its high-end shops and luxurious eateries but there is much more to the street than many people know.
Here at the Park Grand London, we love the rich history of London and its many famous streets, squares and districts. It’s no surprise that the city brings in millions of tourists every year when you look at places like Oxford Street, which are teeming with amazing things to do and see. If you’re intrigued to learn more about this popular area of London read through our ultimate guide to Oxford Street for more information.
When Oxford Street was first built it was part of the connecting Roman road which linked Hampshire and Colchester. The route rapidly became one of the most popular in the city and was used by hundreds of travellers and merchants making their way through the city.
For centuries the street continued to be a pathway through London and was periodically upgraded and maintained by a turnpike trust, which was established specifically to ensure the street’s upkeep. In the 18th century, Oxford Street underwent massive renovations and there was a number of redevelopment projects put in place to increase space and improve prospects for business ventures.
Since then the iconic street has become home to hundreds of brands and business that specialise in everything from high-end fashion to luxury dining. There are now more things than ever to do on this famous street and the great thing is you’ll just be a short trip away from the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate.
There are many recognisable residents on Oxford Street, some of which have been located there for centuries. Music fans will be familiar with the branch of HMV which opened on Oxford Street in 1921. This was where The Beatles recorded their first album in London. Other iconic buildings include the famous Selfridges, the 100 Club and the London College of Fashion.
Facts and secrets
Here are a few interesting facts and secrets that you may not have known about this famous stretch of road.
- The street is officially part of the A40, which starts in Cheapside and goes all the way to Fishguard in Wales. The specific area known as Oxford Street is 1.2 miles long and runs along from Tottenham Court Road to Marble Arch.
- There is a secret river that runs below the street called Tyburn River. This was why the street was called Tyburn Road between the 12th and 18th century, before being renamed to Oxford Street.
- There are rumours and urban legends that tell stories of a secret street that runs beneath Oxford Street. Some say that there are still Victorian shops and preserved buildings but definitive proof is yet to be found.
- During the latter part of the Second World War, the basement of the Peter Robinson store was used by the BBC to broadcast messages and news during the Blitz.