Local Guide

We’re ideally located in the heart of vibrant and creative East Oxford. The area enjoys a perfect mix of the old and new; quality local pubs and artists’ studios, independent cafes and restaurants, theatres and music venues, colleges and museums.

Here are some of our favourites:

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Our Local Community

Ultimate Picture Palace
Our favorite place to head on an evening is the UPP, on Cowley Road, which shows a limited selection of films in an independent cinema.

The Goldfish Bowl
This may not seem like much from the front, but it’s well worth the visit. It’s a labyrinth of fresh and saltwater fish, eels, and turtles. It’s East Oxford’s unofficial aquarium.

Truck Store
A record store / cafe / mini gig venue, Truck has historic links to the Oxford Music scene and current artists alike. They also run an annual music festival.

Magdalen Road Studio
An affordable studio space for local artists. Not always open to the public but keep an eye on their website for exhibitions, workshops and other happenings.

Pegasus Theatre
A theatre with young people at their heart. Check their “What’s On” for fantastic in-house productions as well as visiting companies.

Local Restaurants

Our neighbourhood cafe on the ground floor is a favourite of Oxford locals for their seasonally changing menu, relaxed atmosphere, counter bakes, and resident cat, Rosie. SILVIE is open daily for guests and local residents alike. They serve breakfast, lunches, tea and coffee, and a weekend brunch as well as hosting pop up food and community events. See their calendar for upcoming events.

Magdalen Arms
Incredible pub/restaurant voted no.35 of best UK gastro pubs. Runs a great flea market on the first Saturday of the month.

Oli’s Thai
Just around the corner is one of the top-rated restaurants in Oxford. Often fully booked, it’s always worth sticking your head in to see if there’s a seat at the bar. Or check out their sister restaurant, Arbequina, on Cowley Road.

The Isis Farmhouse
Just off Donnington Brige by the river, a meander down past Oxford’s houseboat community is a hidden folk and jazz haven. It’s inaccessible by car but a great place to stop off for a pint after a leisurely walk.

The Chester Arms
You never leave this place hungry. They do an amazing Sunday roast and have a real local feel.

The Rusty Bicycle
Independent community pub with great food real ales, burgers and pizza. Sister pub to the Rickety Press across town, they often have evening events and host local street fairs in the summer.

The Best of Oxford

Radcliffe Camera
The most iconic destination in Oxford. Located just off of High Street, this domed building is the centrepiece of the university and one of the most famous buildings that make up the Bodlian Library.

The Lamppost and the Lion
Just through a passage next to the Radcliffe Camera is the lampost that inspired the CS Lewis book, the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. And if you peek at the carving on the door you may just see Aslan looking back at you.

Around the corner at the end of Magdalen bridge there is a little place you can go punting down the river. Great for sunny days, you can hire someone to punt your boat for you or give it a go yourself!

Pub Crawl
A couple of shout outs to some great historical pubs in Oxford, check out The Turf Tavern, The White Horse, The Bear, Kings Arms, Chequers, The Half Moon, The Eagle and Child and The Lamb and Flag. They each have their own unique stories and famous patrons.

The Gloucester Green Market
Everyone will tell you to visit the Covered Market on High Street, but locals know the real action takes place on Wed, Thurs and Sat in the traditional open air market in Gloucester Green Square, just off George Street.

Christ Church College
Although the college is well known for having a hall which was the inspiration for the Great Hall in Harry Potter, the grounds outside also make a beautiful walk down by the Isis river and a popular picnic location for locals.

The Botanical Gardens
The oldest botanical garden in the UK with over 6000 types of plants. A year round oasis in the heart of the city.

Little Clarendon Street (and beyond…)
Wander down this street festooned with lights and you will find G & D’s amazing ice cream shop, Make-Space community store, Common Ground cafe, plus plenty of vintage craft shops and some lovely restaurants and cafes to choose from.

Ashmolean Museum
Art and archaeology, collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and time.

Modern Art Oxford
Dedicated to contemporary visual arts in Oxfordshire, it is free and open to all. They also host music events and workshops as well.

Pitt Rivers
Nestled behind the Natural History Museum (also a good shout) this house of curated artefacts celebrates human existence with objects of ritual significance that are truly fascinating.