Oxford Street. Love it or loathe, most Londoners think they know it pretty well. But did you know about these hacks and tips to make your shopping trip that little bit easier?
The secret outlet
Even if you've braved the Mango store just a few doors down from Oxford Circus (and we don't blame you if you haven't), you may not know about the outlet on the second floor. Tucked away right at the back is where they sell off last season's stock — there's nothing wrong with the items, and Mango jeans for a tenner? Yes please. Mango, 225-235 Oxford Street
The secret coffee shop
It's worth knowing that the bottom floor of Topshop (AKA the 10th circle of hell on a Saturday afternoon) has an EAT. It's usually chock full of bored boyfriends and parents at the weekend, but the rest of the week it's pretty quiet, being buried deep in the bowels of one of Oxford Street's busiest shops. There's also a cupcake/bubble tea/frozen yoghurt concession on the ground floor if you can't find your way down two floors — or more to the point, won't be able to find your way back up once you're down there. Floor -2, Topshop Oxford Circus, 214 Oxford Street
The secret entrance
Want to head into Topshop but can't face the crowds of tourists and teenagers congregating at the entrance? Head into Miss Selfridge next door and slip in the side door — the two shops are connected — and you'll find yourself right by the escalators. From this point on, you're on your own. Any single store which requires a map to navigate is too much for us. Next to Topshop Oxford Circus
The secret viewpoint
Depending on which advertising campaign is currently adorning the windows of Debenhams, head to the corners on the Oxford Street side of the store on the fourth floor for a view overlooking the shoppers and buses below. If you're lucky, you'll be able to see through floor-to-ceiling glass. Although last time, we came face-to-nose with a five-storey-high poster of a model. You win some, you lose some. Debenhams, 334-348 Oxford Street
The secret rooftop
Although it's closed for the winter, there's a little-known rooftop bar at the Marble Arch end of the street, which is often overlooked in favour of the larger Oxford Street rooftops (Selfridges, John Lewis, we're looking at you).
Roofnic is situated atop Marriott Hotel Park Lane — ideal for emergency cocktails when a trip to Primark gets too much. Keep an eye on the website for details of next year's cocktail offerings. Roofnic, 535 Oxford Street
The secret cinema
OK, so strictly this one isn't on Oxford Street, but it's worth knowing nonetheless. The Courthouse Hotel, just around the corner from Oxford Circus, is home to one of the biggest private cinemas in central London. If the thought of suede walls and leather seating sucks you in, there's a cinema club at the 100-seater venue every Saturday night — perfect for chilling out after a hard day's shopping. Courthouse Hotel, 19-21 Great Marlborough Street
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