Regent Street is one of the most important shopping streets in London. It is mainly known for its upscale shops. It receives more than 7.5 million tourists every year and there are more than 20,000 workers in the area. In this article we give you all the information you need to make the most of your visit to Regent Street.
Shopping on Regent Street
How do I get there?
Regent Street is located in the centre of London and is very well connected to the rest of the capital, especially by the underground.
The nearest stations are Oxford Circus (Victoria, Bakerloo and Central Line), Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo Line) and Green Park (Victoria, Jubilee and Piccadilly Line).
By bus, you can get to Regent Street from any part of London. There are many bus routes that can take you to the street. The nearest stop is Oxford Circus Station. You can visit the-shops.co.uk if you want to know how to locate the shops you want to visit. You can also choose to cycle with the Santander Cycle Hire. The nearest cycle station is on Little Argyll Street.
On Poland Street is Q-Park Soho, which is a car park close to Regent Street, but there are many other places to park for people travelling by car in the area.
Most shops follow this pattern: Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm, Saturdays from 9am to 8pm and Sundays and holidays from 10am to 6pm. The shops only close on Christmas Day.
However, to be sure of the opening hours we advise you to consult the website of the street.
Restaurants have other hours: Monday to Friday from 12 to 10 pm and Saturdays until 11 pm but as for the shops it is better to call or consult their web pages.
Regent Street Shops
Regent Street is full of shops, many of them internationally known. There is something for every taste and budget.
You will find clothing stores, fashion accessories, jewellery, shoe shops, bags, sports equipment for women and men. The choice ranges from Calvin Klein to H&M to Guess.
For children (and mothers-to-be), there are also several clothing stores, among which stands out Hamleys, a toy paradise that spans 5 floors.
Signs are also reserved for electronics such as Apple and interior design such as Zara Home.
The beauty shops include KIKO Milano cosmetics, Penhaligon’s perfumes, The Body Shop skin care products and Boots pharmaceuticals.
If what you want is a bite to eat or a drink, Regent Street also has a wide choice of restaurants, cafes, bars and bakeries.
Finally, there are also many hotels and fitness centres.
Places of interest in Regent Street
All Souls Church
Located in the upper part of Regent Street, this church is characterized by its circular portico crowned by what appears to be a stone needle. It was completed in 1823 and is the only building designed by John Nash still standing today.
Shopping in London: Regent Street
This is the building that houses the headquarters of the BBC. The entrance is on Langham Place which is completely north of Regent Street. Since 1930, several radios have been broadcasting from this building.
University of Westminster
At 309 Street is the University of Westminster headquarters, currently occupied by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Opened in 1865, it was for a long time an institution for the wealthiest classes of British society. In 1928 the building as we know it today was completed. It closed in 2008 as part of the Royal Crown’s plan to rebuild this part of Regent Street.