Named after Prince Regent, the Regent Street is one of the major shopping streets and thoroughfare in London's West End. The Oxford and Regent Streets is the main area where you can spot all the High Street stores. From Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, John Lewis to Hamley's Toy Shop, Boots, W.H. Smith; the place has it all. This is perhaps why many consider this as the centre of London. The Oxford Street runs from West to East while the Regent Street runs from North to South, bisecting the Oxford Street. The crossroads where these streets meet is known as the Oxford Circus. The section of Oxford Street that runs between Marble Arch and Oxford Circus is truly a shoppers' paradise. Visit this section to explore the world famous department store, Selfridges, second only to Harrods in London.
The Regent Street, on the other hand has a very different approach. The whole street is owned by the Crown estate and is one of the grandest looking streets in London. The shops located here are more upmarket and expensive than those on the Oxford Street. This area houses the Liberty department store, the oldest department store in the world. Being in the centre of the town puts this location at a benefit for transportation options. Although you can get a bus from almost anywhere in London that will pass through or terminate in this area, specific Tube stops around this area include Marble Arch, Bond Street, Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road and Piccadilly Circus.