Lined with grand Victorian buildings and big-name stores, Regent Street was London's first dedicated shopping street, dating back to the early 19th century. Running for over a mile (2 kilometers) between Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus, the historical boulevard is a major traffic thoroughfare and one of London's busiest streets.
Shopping is the main draw for visitors, but Regent Street is also a popular inclusion on London sightseeing tours. Visit on a hop-on hop-off tour to admire highlights such as All Souls Church, built by acclaimed architect John Nash; drive past dazzling shopfronts and glittering illuminations on a night tour of central London; or take a walking tour from Regent Street through Piccadilly Circus and Pall Mall to see the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Most shops on Regent Street are open daily from 10am until around 8 or 9pm, although Sunday hours may be shorter and bars and restaurants are typically open until late.
- Free Wi-Fi is available along Regent Street.
- There are three hotels along Regent Street, as well as numerous bars, restaurants, and cafés.
How to Get There
Regent Street runs from Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus in London’s West End and is within walking distance of many central attractions. The closest underground stations are Oxford Circus (Central, Victoria, and Bakerloo lines) at the northern end of the street and Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines) at the southern end.
When to Get There
Regent Street plays host to a number of seasonal events and festivities throughout the year, including the Summer Streets Festival (July and August) and the Regent Street Motor Show (November). It’s particularly atmospheric over the holiday season, with some of London’s most impressive light displays and events including the Christmas lights Switch On concert, the Lumiere London lights festival, and Hamleys Christmas Toy Parade.
Shopping on Regent Street
Nicknamed the ‘Mile of Style,’ Regent Street has over 75 stores as well as its own gift card and hands-free shopping service. The most famous destinations are the gigantic Liberty department store, Hamleys Toy Store, and one of the world’s largest Apple stores. Other shops include designer boutiques like Burberry, J. Crew, Anthropologie, and Ralph Lauren and high-street favorites like H&M, Topshop, and Mango.