Shopping, Womenswear Oxford Street
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© Abigail Lelliott
There are few large shops lining Oxford Street that we have walked through at 5pm mid week and encountered not one other customer on the shop floor. It’s easy to see why; this is the poor man of department store shopping. It offers brands widely available elsewhere (from the arcadia stable- Wallis, Evans, Dorothy Perkins), in a low rent shopping environment- with unflattering lighting, indifferent staff, and cheap looking shop fits. Despite all this, there are some unique selling points to the Oxford Street ‘flagship’- it is one of the few places you’ll now find good value tween brand Tammy- a saviour for fashion starved twelve year olds desperate for something on trend in their size. It also offers plenty of choice for the plus size market- something woefully absent almost across the whole of W1. There is nothing expensive in store, so it’s a good place for cash strapped families to shop- although we can’t promise any of the indulgent feeling you get from a traditional department store splurge.


Venue name: BHS
Address: 252-258 Oxford Street
Opening hours: Open 9.30am-8pm Mon-Sat; noon-6pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus tube
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I used to shop at BHS when I was younger. Before Primark and H&M entered the market and there was no other option apart from Tammy for pre-teens. The last time I entered BHS it sold very poorly made clothes at prices well above Primark's. So, I am really surprised BHS is still around at all. Although, it is good for buying stocking fillers at Christmas time.