Discover Oxford’s Hidden Gems among the Dreaming Spires

The city of Oxford is famed for many things. Sensational architecture across the Dreaming Spires, punting along the River Thames and the top university in the country often come to mind. But there is much to be uncovered here that most visitors (and some locals) are generally unaware of.

Discover Oxford’s secrets in this blog with the following Hidden Gems.

The Varsity Club Rooftop

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There are many places to grab a rooftop experience in the city of Oxford, but the wonderfully secluded and ideally located TVC is surely the greatest. Access to this unique bar can be found upon entering The Covered Market from the high street. The inside reveals a trendy bar and restaurant spread over four levels with the rooftop bar topping it all off. The 360° views it provides are unmatched across Oxford, and roof access is available all year round with heated seats and igloos being one of the few measures in place to keep you warm during the colder months.

Modern Art Oxford

Hidden down a side street next to the grand Westgate shopping centre you’ll find Modern Art Oxford, a creative hub committed to current art and culture. They frequently host exhibitions, activities and talks which enable the community and visitors to broaden their minds and learn something new. There is plenty to keep you entertained here from the art displays and workshops to the gift shop and in-house café. Plus, you’ll be ideally located to explore the rest of the city once you’re finished.

The Mad Hatter

Take a trip into Wonderland at The Mad Hatter Oxford where you’ll need to solve a riddle before you are able to enter! This quirky local bar and restaurant has everything you never knew you needed, including cocktail teapots, Jazz and ‘Kanpai! Karaoke’. It’s a real triumph to the city of Oxford, showcasing a range of cultures with a classic Italian menu and regular Drag entertainment nights. Attend Alice’s Afternoon Tea available every Saturday or try your hand at a cocktail class where you’ll learn the art of mixology.

Freud Oxford

Opened in 1988 as the sole sister location to Freud London, St Paul’s Chruch hosts the coolest cocktail bar in the city. The truly exclusive setting features glorious high ceilings and stained glass windows, with perfectly curated drinks to match its grandeur. There is a bustling atmosphere guaranteed on practically any night of the week with university students often flocking here. Whereas during the daytime you can always find a welcoming retreat to relax within. Situated in the suburb of Jericho just outside the city centre, this is a must-see for visitors to gain a well-rounded insight to Oxford.

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