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Oxford street has a long history about it. It follows the route of a Roman road which linked Colchester to Hampshire. Today it's part of the A40, which begins at Cheapside and runs all the way to Fishguard in Wales — although it skirts round the city of Oxford, it's the main road linking the two cities. The main stretch, Oxford Street as we know it, is 1.2 miles long, running from Marble Arch to Tottenham Court Road.

Tyburn Tree Plaque on Oxford CircusIt was previously known as Tyburn Road thanks to the Tyburn River which ran beneath it. But more famously, it was used as the final journey for prisoners being transferred from Newgate Prison to the Tyburn tree at Marble Arch, where they would be hung. Today, a stone marks the site where the tree once stood.

More recently, in 1921 the first HMV (His Masters' Voice) store opened at 363 Oxford Street, and only moved temporarily due to bomb damage in WWII. In 1962, the store's recording equipment was used by Brian Epstein to record a demo by a little-known band called The Beatles, and the rest, as they say, is history. 


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  • Green Park
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Tottenham Court Road
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