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Christmas in London’s Oxford Street 2014

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The West End of Oxford Street tends to be the location of many of the flagships stores of the main London department stores.

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Selfridges, House of Fraser, Debenhams, Mark’s and Spencer’s amongst others go to town with Christmas decorations to attract shoppers to their stores.

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However it is worth remembering in the weekends leading up to Christmas, Oxford Street gets incredibly busy and if you can shop at other off peak times you will probably get a better shopping experience.

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Many of the stores hold special Christmas Events and special promotional offers.

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CHRISTMAS OPENING TIMES

Monday – Friday

9.am – 9pm

Saturday

9:30am – 10pm

Sunday

11:30am-6pm

Christmas Eve

9am – 6pm

Christmas Day

Closed

Boxing Day

9am – 10pm

New Years Eve

9.30am – 6.30pm

New Years Day

11am – 7pm
*Some stores may vary

Typical bank holiday opening hours:
12pm-6pm

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London Department Stores – Harrods

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Harrods

Location – 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1RT

Harrods is one of the most famous department stores in the world, it is located in Brompton Road in Knightsbridge. The store occupies a 5 acre site and has over a million square feet of selling space in over 330 departments, it is the largest department store in Europe.

Harrods was founded in 1834 by Charles Henry Harrod who had run a number of businesses all over London.

In 1849 he relocated to Brompton and took over a small shop on the site of the present store. Harrod’s son Charles Digby Harrod developed the business selling medicines, perfumes, stationary, fruit and vegetables. The great success of the store enables the store to expand as adjoining buildings were acquired. However the success was dampened by a fire in 1883 when the store burnt down, however this did not deter Charles Harrod who made sure all his orders were fulfilled on time.

A new building was built on the site and the store gained a reputation for being the local shop for the rich and famous. The store was the site of the first moving staircase or escalator in London 1898 although it was not an instant success as many customers were scared to use it.

In 1959 Harrods was bought by the House of Fraser group, and in 1985 the Fayed brothers bought the store.

From 1985 to 2010 Mohamed Al Fayed worked hard to consolidate Harrods position as one of the most famous stores in the world and make good its boast that it will provide the customer will almost any service for a price.

In 2010 Harrods was sold to Qatar Holdings for an estimated 1.5 Billion pounds.

Harrods has been the victim of a bomb attack when six people died in 1983 and has a high security presence due to the luxury goods on the premises.

Up to 300,000 customers visit the store on busy days, they are served 5000 staff in 330 departments. There are 32 restaurants, personal shopping, a bank, a barbers shop, amongst numerous other services.

Opening Hours

Mon to Sat 10am-8pm

Sun 12pm-6pm

London Department Stores – House of Fraser

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House of Fraser

Location – 318 Oxford Street London

House of Fraser is a London department store in Oxford Street, the company was established in 1849 in Glaggow when it was called Arthur and Fraser.

In 1891 it changed its name to Fraser and Sons. After the Second World War the firm changed its name to House of Fraser and expanded taking over seventy companies including well known brands, Army and Navy Stores, Jenners, Rackhams amongst others.

In 2001 they took over Evans Oxford Street store and made it the companies flagship store, it has another 60 stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland,

The store is known for its Womenswear, Menswear, Childrenswear, Home and Beauty.

General Opening Hours

Monday        09:30 AM- 09:00 PM

Tuesday        09:30 AM- 09:00 PM

Wednesday  09:30 AM- 09:00 PM

Thursday     09:30 AM- 09:00 PM

Friday          09:30 AM- 09:00 PM

Saturday      09:30 AM- 09:00 PM

Sunday         11:30 AM- 06:30 PM

Services at this store

General • Fashion alteration services • Free WiFi • Gift Cards • Parent & baby room •  Tax Free Shopping • Wedding List

Food & Drink • Tea Terrace

Women • Lingerie fitting service

Beauty • Bodycare treatments • Brow bar • Eyelashes • Manicure • Nails Inc • Pedicure • Skincare treatments