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A Tour of Oxford Part 2

Part 2 of Mia's tour of Oxford!

1. Sunset Spots

The Mound- a perfect spot next to Oxford Castle to walk up and see the views across the city with some drinks.

South Park- a park on Headington Hill in east Oxford. An amazing view of the city spires and towers can be seen here at the park’s highest point; it’s a favourite location for lots of local photographers.

Port Meadow- this is a great spot beside the River Thames that people venture to for sunsets and sunrises. It’s also a popular location for swimming and there’s several hidden rope swings to find.

2. Food and Drink

Vaults and Gardens Café- a little hub in a 1320 building serving organic breakfasts and lunches. It’s a popular spot for students to study, surrounded by views of the Radcliffe Square and… they offer 20% student discount. The café has also recently opened a branch at the top of the Museum of Natural History… where you can get a chocolate dinosaur on your coffee- what’s not to love?

The Varsity Club- a popular place for cocktails with a rooftop bar where you can take in 360-degree views; it also has magical heated seats and alpina pods.

Sandy’s Piano Bar- an underground speakeasy with lots of original cocktails and constant live entertainment, great for jazz and open mic nights. They now have a portable bar and live music service- last Trinity term they set up events in the Botanic gardens.

Covered Market- this is full of coffee shops and has the popular Ben’s cookies stall and Moo Moo’s milkshakes to try.

Turf Tavern- a famous pub you can get to from Holywell Street or left of the Bridge of Sighs; lots of famous people have enjoyed a pint here. There’s a black board with a list of customer names you might recognise, from Margaret Thatcher to Bill Clinton, who ‘didn’t inhale’ when at the Uni.

Freud- a unique café bar with a European menu in a stone church. A stunning and classy setting for a night out- they often host ‘Pink Nights’ in support of Breast Cancer.


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