A Little Gem Of Independents Set In The Quaint Area Of Jericho, Oxford

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In the Bible, Jericho signifies a ‘remote place’ and could have referred to the area’s location just outside the Oxford city walls. In the 17th Century, people coming to Oxford from the north after the city gates were shut could take refuge in ‘The Jericho House’. This inn, which was subsequently rebuilt in its three-storey form in 1818, is now called ‘The Jericho Tavern’.

With it’s convenient location close to the city centre, Jericho has now become a desirable area for young professional people, though it also retains many residents who have spent all their lives here.

Jericho is a vibrant area that sits just outside the hustle and bustle of the city centre. With many independent shops, bars, cafes, haridressers, tailors, book shops, pottery shops and art galleries it makes for a lovely and relaxed shopping experience.

It is difficult to list them all but here are a few local favourites to visit!

If you are looking for something unique and fun to wear, Olivia May at 31 Little Clarendon Street have got it covered, offering those must have statement pieces that one cannot find on the high street. They also have a fantastic personal stylist on hand to help you make the best decisions for your shape, colour or occasion as well as having a lot of fun!

You can peruse the artwork at Art Jericho gallery showing exhibitions of paintings, photography, drawings, prints and sculpture by emerging and established artists. The exhibitions change every four or five weeks and artwork is for sale, and for enjoyment.

For a spot of lunch and if you like Italian food visit Branca, serving authentic rustic Italian dishes amongst a lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

The Phoenix Picturehouse is a leading independent art house cinema showing some really interesting films that you just don’t find at the Odeon or Vue cinema!

The Albion Beatnik is a small and enthusiastic bookshop with an eclectic collection of titles ranging from American pulp to Beatnik poetry. Definitely a bookshop with a difference.

Ambling the streets of Jericho makes for a lovely day or afternoon where you will come across friendly and loveable store owners and residents. Have a lovely trip!

Olivia May

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Art Jericho

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Branca

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