The History of Oxford Street

What is Oxford Street?

Oxford Street is an extensive road in the popular area of Westminister, London. It runs from Tottenham Court Road through to Marble Arch alongside Oxford Circus. With around an amazing half a million daily visitors, Oxford Street is Europes busiest shopping street and one of the most popular destinations for tourists to visit. It is home to a wide range of department stores and high-end retail outlets. Every Christmas, Oxford Street will put up Christmas Lights and organise a yearly display for tourists to watch the Christmas light switch on. The first display to ever happen was in 1959 and it has grown in popularity year on year.

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History

Oxford Street follows the fascinating route of a Roman road that became one of the major routes in and out of the city. Between the 12th century and 1782, Oxford Street was known as Tyburn Road, Worcester Road, Oxford Road, and Uxbridge Road. A major route to London, there are several interesting obstacles along the road including the big bridge over the Tyburn! It was also known for prisoners public hangings for those who were in Newgate prison. Now there is a small round stone in the ground that marks the location of the tree they were hung from. In the 1730s, a turnpike was established to improve the upkeep of the road. In the 18th century, development began after many large surrounding fields were purchased by the Earl of Oxford. The street became extremely popular for entertainment including theatres, public houses, and bear-baiters. Towards the end of the 19th century, Oxford Street changed from predominantly residential, to retail.

Many furniture and cobbler stores began to open up on Oxford Street and some expanded into the country’s first department store.

In 1864, John Lewis opened up a small shop whilst Selfridges opened in 1909. By the 1930s, the street was almost full of retail shops. It still remains retail to this day. During World War Two, Oxford Street was targeted and bombed in the early hours of the 17th September 1940 during the blitz. Many of the buildings were damaged through subsequent fires or direct hits. Four department stores were hit including Selfridges, John Lewis, Peter Robinson, and Bourne & Hollingsworth. Until the war ended, it remained as a bomb site. The stores were completely demolished and rebuild from scratch.

During September 1973, a shopping-bag bomb was set off, injuring 6 people and causing a whopping £1.5 million of damage.

Further development and investment in the area has resulted in Oxford Street becoming one of the shopping capitals of the world, with some of the best known department stores and some of the best 5 star Hotel in London, as the Royal Lancaster London.

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Five traditional meals you must try in Florence

 

If you want to have the taste of best meals when visiting Florence, look for the best traditional meals and you won’t be disappointed…

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Florence is well known in Europe for keeping its culture and traditions alive. Italian foods are widely produced cuisines in the whole world and this gives people an expectation of what to find not knowing there are more than what we have experienced from the outer world. These facts are distorted for there are so many variables such as the person who introduced the meals to your country, the experience of the person cooking that meal and also basic things like the ingredients used, flavour and recipes. Italian foods are also divided according to regions, where each region specializes with their different meals. In Florence, the cooking is quite unique from the whole country. While staying at Fibnb apartments you can  enjoy the best restaurants where you can try all these traditional meals.

 

The Best Traditional Meals to Enjoy in Florence

 

Florence has some of the best traditional meals you should definitely try out. These traditional dishes are unique for they can only be found in Florence and this will help you know the kind of foods you should try to have the best experience, knowledge of real Italian dishes and to enjoy your stay in Florence. With the meals mentioned in this article, your stay can never go wrong in the city. One of the best traditional meals is Trippa & Lampredotto; this is kind of a dish you can find in all streets for it is one of the easy-to-eat local dishes. The recipe is traditional which includes the use of various pieces of meat.

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Crostini Neri this is another traditional dish you should try, for it’s very popular in Florence. It is made with liver paté, which is basically chicken; this dish is one of the best. It is made with lots of creativity where the cook can add different things in it such as slices of toasted bread. Truffle Gnocchi adds flavour even to the blandest dishes, it is served in creamy sauce plus truffle seasoning and Gorgonzola cheese. It is one of the most valued ingredients, and you can find it in Florence restaurants and this should be in your list of must taste.

 

Bistecca alla Fiorentina is one of the best dishes for those who love meat and it’s very unique. The steak must come from a specific type of cow which is Chianina cow. Each side is cooked in 3 to 5 minutes on both sides where it is served as T-bone thick and slightly two-inches thick. Zuppa di Fagioli is the best meal when you don’t want to eat meat. It is made of beans soup made from olive oil, tomatoes, cannellini beans, and herbs.

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Embrace yourself and start trying out the most terrific traditional meals in Florence. There is so much to the list and even better, you can decide to accompany the meal with the best Florentine wines.