My Favourites

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Fave Places

  • Artist’s hangouts

    Artist Bruce Munro has exhibited at the V&A, the Guggenheim and locally at Waddesdon Manor, his current work, the 2266-light installation 'Moonblooms', can be seen on the approach to Bicester Village. He talks family, food and living the simple life with Muddy.

  • Shazia Mirza’s Fav Places

    Rarely have I laughed out loud so much while interviewing a celeb. That Shazia is well funny - who else would pick the M40 services as a favourite place?!

  • Griselda’s Secret Oxford

    Celebrated children's author Griselda Heppel has a hotline to some beautiful places in the city that most of us have never heard of. Come on, let's check them out.


    It was a mundane garage clear-out last year that provided Laura Redrup with her lightbulb moment. She had a stack of mismatched bone china pretty tea cups that she'd bought for her wedding reception a few years back but that were now gathering dust. Use them or lose them? She plumped for the former, setting up Laura's Travelling Teapot, a vintage-inspired afternoon tea catering business. A year on, the Chinnor-based mother-of-two provides delicious home-made cakes, scones and sandwiches for antiques fairs, weddings, hen parties and baby showers. Those teapots do indeed do a lot travelling around our region, so we asked Laura to give us the lowdown on her Fave Places....

  • My Favourite Places

    Opera isn’t just for the elite and nor does it have to be performed in staid, fancy venues, according to Mike Woodward, founder of Opera Anywhere. Since 2000, Mike and his wife Vanessa have sought to ditch the art form’s lofty connotations, producing performances everywhere from an ice cream van to the roof of a […]

  • Adventurer Felicity Aston’s Favourite Places

    Where does the first woman ever to ski across the Antarctic like to hang out when she's not in a bivouac in the freezing cold? You might be surprised!

  • My Favourite Places: Alexandra’s perfect storm

    The curator of the 'Storms, War and Shipwrecks' exhibition at The Ashmolean, Alexandra Sofroniew holds a DPhil in Ancient History from Oxford, has been a lecturer at St John's College, Oxford and is about to become an professor in Art History in California. So not only is she a total smartypants, she knows Oxfordshire really well. You can really go off some people.

  • Becky Paton: My Favourite Places

      Becky Paton is an Oxfordshire-based mosaic artist specialising in public art. With work at the V&A museum of childhood and the John Radcliffe Hospital, you can catch her work at the forthcoming Oxford Artweeks in May. Having grown up near Burford in the Cotswolds she trained as a nurse before going on to study […]

  • Ahoy Suzy!

    Suzy Hobbs is co-owner of Hobbs of Henley, the family firm that’s been providing boats on the Oxfordshire Thames since 1870. Married with three kids, she knows the area like the back of her hand, so her favourite places are all bang on the money. Read on, and book up! Fluidity, Henley I love this […]

  • Where Emma likes to hang out

    A designer for Burberry and LK Bennett before co-founding Needle cashmere, Emma Rutherford has swapped London for Buckinghamshire's fields with her young family. Here are her favourite haunts, both local and back in the Smoke.

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