Oxford is the best and we love it. As part of our Secret Oxford series, we have compiled our Top 5 best spots for lunch. Off the beaten track …. maybe not on everyone’s radar …. mind you, don’t tell just anyone ……. Shhhh.


1. Balliol College Gardens

Centre of town (Broad St) and open over lunch time (unlike other nearby colleges Jesus and Exeter). Nominal entry fee. Lovely gardens to sit in with your picnic or buy from the Buttery in the Garden Quod. balliol.ox.ac.uk

2. Alpha Bar

Alpha Bar in the Covered Market. Awesomeness in a carton. Grab a super salad box and head to Balliol College gardens.  alpha-bar.co.uk

3. Koto

A little corner of Japan in North Parade.Japanese curries and ramen. Don’t miss the Lunch Set for under £10. kotorestaurant.co.uk

4. Oli’s Thai

Fresh, delicious Thai food on Magdalen Road. Hard to get a table unless you book well in advance. Seats at the bar available for walk-ins. olisthai.com

5. TVC

The Varsity Club on the High Street. Gorgeous shabby-chic interiors plus the famous roof terrace. Light bites and TVC Classics of home made Burger and Flat Iron Chicken. Kitchen open from 12pm for lunch Weds-Sun. tvcoxford.co.uk

Shhhh…. Don’t tell everyone …

As part of our Secret Oxford series of the best things about Oxford, we have compiled the Top 5 best views in Oxford. A little more unusual, a bit off the beaten track. Enjoy.


1. New College Lane

Slip under the Bridge of Sighs and into another era in the only street with no signs of modern 21st century life.


2. Looking down onto Oxford

The view from out of town (Boars Hill just south of the city) down onto Oxford is iconic. The favourite of writers such as Matthew Arnold (“that sweet city with her dreaming spires”) and modern-day romantics alike.


3. Weston Library

Part of the Bodleian with exhibitions, events, great views and tours.  bodleian.ox.ac.uk/Weston


4. Magdalen College

The bluebell woods at this time of year are just magical. magd.ox.ac.uk


5. The Roof at TVC Oxford

In amongst the spires and rooftops of Oxford, with views over the High Street and up to the stars. tvcoxford.co.uk/bookings


Ever wondered what Oxford looks like from the sky?

This amazing drone footage of the Roof at TVC shows exactly that! But really, the best views of the city are from the roof top bar itself, served up with delicious cocktails, whilst watching the sun set over the dreamy Oxford spires.



But don’t just take our word for it, if you are in the area, come on up to the best roof top bar in Oxford. Although there is a climb, the cocktails and views at the top are most definitely worth it.


The Roof at TVC

Head up the stairs for unparalleled views over the Dreaming Spires of Oxford, for all seasons, and open all year round. We have bespoke canopies, heaters, heated seats, blankets and throws. Unique and spectacular. The Roof bar serves draft beer and cider, champagne, wine and spirits.

Enjoy dinner from 6pm until 9pm during the week and from 12pm until 9pm on the weekend. Our infamous Artisan boards, the perfect food to drink with, but we also feature a range of seasonal specials!

We operate a first come, first served basis on the Roof. We leave the majority of tables available for walk-ins.

A guaranteed space can only be held with an advance order of drinks/sharing food.
Please see our bookings section for more details