Laura and I made a quick weekend trip (2 days, 1 night) to the Hogwarts-esc, university town of Oxford. It’s only an hour from London and you can see a lot in two days. Plus we got to bring our dog Business!

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Month: August

Favorite Things: Green spaces and Harry Potter inspiration

Accommodation: Oxford is fairly pricey so we picked an Airbnb about a 20 minute walk from the center.


Vaults & Garden – Great little cafeteria style lunch spot in a church. The garden seating gives you a great view of Radcliffe Square.

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Kazbar – This might be the best meal we’ve had in England. Southern Spanish/North African tapas for a very reasonable price in a very charming space. They bake their bread fresh daily and it’s delicious. Get the baba ganoush to go with!

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Fishes – About a 30 minutes walk west of the city center, you’ll feel like you are truly in the English countryside. You can take a cab, but the walk is quite pretty along a stream and through meadows (yes google maps will get you there even when you think there can’t possibly be a path where it’s telling  you to go). Its got English pub warmth and modes country elegance, and my lobster was pretty bangin’.

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iScream Gelateria – Located inside the Oxford Covered Market (a cute place to walk around), this ice cream shop sources their ingredients locally, foraging berries or getting rhubarb donated from a local garden. Taste the rainbow.


The Eagle and ChildThe historic english pub, famous for it’s patrons like J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis. 


Botanical Gardens – Giant lily pads and carnivorous plants make you feel like you’ve left England entirely. If you’ve got a lazy afternoon you can sit under the apple trees and enjoy the fresh air.

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Christ Church College – Famous for it’s dining hall, the inspirtion for the Hogwarts dining hall, expect a line and crowds, especially in the summer. The courtyard is enormous and it’s hard to believe real live 18 year old students run around there during the school year.

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Balliol College – Possibly the oldest college at Oxford. If you don’t have the patience for the lines and crowds at Christ Church, this is a smaller but equally charming option. Make sure it’s open to the public. There’s an inner courtyard and a “buttery” (aka adorable cafe where you can get wine or pimms cup), so you can park it on the grass, stare up at the architechture from the 1200’s, and fancy yourself a wizard. They also have a dinning hall that just looks like a half size version of the one at Christ Church.

I think we got smarter just being there.




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