Lined with grand Victorian buildings and big-name shopping boutiques, Regent Street was London's first dedicated shopping block, dating back to the early 19th century. Running for just over a mile (2 km) between Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus, the historic boulevard is now both a major traffic thoroughfare and one of London's busiest streets, welcoming more than 7.5 million annual visitors.
Regent Street is well-established as a shopping Mecca, with over 75 flagship stores including Liberty department store, Hamley’s Toy Store and one of the world’s largest Apple stores, plus designers like Burberry, J.Crew, Anthropologie and COS. Above the dazzling shopfronts, the street is also home to an impressive array of Grade II listed buildings, including the All Souls Church, built by acclaimed architect John Nash, and an eye-catching collection of contemporary street art.
Regent Street also plays host to a number of seasonal events and festivities throughout the year, including the Christmas lights Switch On concert, the Lumiere London lights festival, the Hamley’s Christmas Toy parade, the Regent Street Motor Show and the Summer Streets Festival.
Regent Street runs north from Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus in London’s West End and can be reached by the Central, Piccadilly and Bakerloo tube lines. 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.