Oxford Street, London is full of women looking lost. And becoming lost. This is our no-map guide, which works best when read alongside The Holiday Goddess Handbag Guide to Paris, London, New York and Rome (HarperCollins).

1. Take the train (the tube) to Oxford Circus station. There are several exits. Choose Argyll Street.

2. Look left, then right, as you come out. On your left is Top Shop – enormous, unmissable. Allow 1-2 hours.

3. Once you’re out of Top Shop, enter the soothing space of Liberty, the most beautiful department store in London. It looks like a Tudor mansion, but inside you will find everything from designer rubber ducks to the most remarkable handbags by British designers. Allow 1-2 hours, especially if you also stop here for a cup of tea…

4.Unless you are on a specific mission to find Zara (look across the road from Top Shop and you’ll see it) it’s time to finish your selective trawl at Selfridges.

You can walk it, if you like. Or if you’re over the crowds, hop back on the Oxford Circus tube and head for Bond Street or Marble Arch, which will get you just that little bit closer to shoe heaven…





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