London’s Regent Street has been celebrating its 200th anniversary during 2019, so this Christmas it’s decked out in style.

Delicate twinkly lights enhance London’s Regent Street, a historic shopping hub and home to the world’s largest toy shop, Hamley’s. ©Visit Britain/Erica Paris

Established in 1819, Regent Street has been at the heart of London for two centuries. Today, it’s a world-renowned destination for shopping and dining. Regent Street is flanked with flagship stores and famous shops of every kind. Of particular note are the famous toyshop, Hamleys, and the grand timber-framed department store Liberty.

Surrounded by diverse interlacing smaller streets—including the wellness hub found on Mortimer Street, and foodie havens Princes Street and Heddon Street—Regent Street offers an unmatched array of pioneering global names and independent brands.

Regent Street’s position in the heart of London means that it’s just a stone’s throw away from other vibrant destinations, including Oxford Street, Carnaby Street, Soho, and Covent Garden, as well as the nearby open spaces of Green Park. For those seeking culture, the theatre district and London’s Chinatown are within short walking distance.

Laurel Kallenbach, freelance editor and writer




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