Hidden gems in Oxford

  1. Hedges Butchers

This traditional butchers in the Covered Market was established in 1896, and sells top quality meat. If you’re never experienced a real English butchers, you should definitely pay a visit and find out more.


  1. Creation Theatre Company

See performances in unusual spaces, from castles to gardens, tents and factories with the Creation Theatre Company. Ideal for lovers of innovative and unusual theatre, brought to life in remarkable settings.


  1. Jericho

Full of quirky shops and cafés, not to mention some beautiful canal-side walks, Jericho is a lesser-known part of Oxford that’s still nicely central. Historically it was a district where travellers arriving late to Oxford could rest, not being able to pass through the city gates at night.


  1. Kazbar

Considered one of the best tapas bars in Britain, this wonderfully decorated restaurant transports you to Marrakesh as soon as you step through the door.


  1. The Randolph Cartoon Bar

This stylish bar is a great spot to enjoy champagne or cocktails, and take in the collection of quirky artworks that decorate the walls. Ideal if you’re looking for a change from Oxford’s collection of traditional pubs.


  1. Upstairs Bar – Phoenix Picturehouse

Formerly an independent art house cinema, the Phoenix Picturehouse has a lot of charm, and its upstairs bar is a rare gem. Intimate and welcoming, with old leather chairs and retro décor, grab a drink and discuss your favourite films here with fellow fans.

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