‘Never mind the closures – openings show West End is poised for bounceback’

Oxford Street Christmas lights 2021

When the switch was flicked on London’s West End Christmas lights a couple of weeks ago, it symbolised not just the start of peak trading but brighter prospects for the shopping district.

The impending exit of House of Fraser from Oxford Street made headlines last week. The department store will join an admittedly long list of some of retail’s most famous names – such as Debenhams and Topshop – that no longer have a presence there.

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