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Oxford Street is the major artery of the West End, possibly the most famous shopping street in London, and is the busiest street in Britain. It "has one of the highest concentrations of large shops in the world. More than 300 shops sell thousands of lines of goods from inexpensive gifts to haute couture.

"The most famous shops include Debenhams, D H Evans, John Lewis, Selfridges, and flagship branches of BHS, Marks & Spencer and the Burton / Top Shop group. They are primarily located on the north side of the west of Oxford Street."
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It was built by the Romans as a route out of Londinium west towards Oxford, but these days it serves as one of the main routes through London. To the east, it becomes New Oxford Street and High Holborn and eventually terminates in the City of London, although a one way system means drivers end up on Bloomsbury Way heading towards Theobald's Road and Old Street. To the west, Bayswater Road, Notting Hill Gate and Goldhawk Road and terminates in Chiswick. The middle section of the Central Line follows its route (see below).

Major streets crossing Oxford Street include Tottenham Court Road, Charing Cross Road, Regent Street, New Bond Street, Park Lane and Edgware Road.

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