Oxford, “the city of Dreaming Spires”, is so-named after the ancient church spires that dominate the skyline. An hour from London, Oxford is not only a university town ( the oldest in the English speaking world) but a popular and affluent residential city, one of the most expensive places to live outside London. Architecturally stunning, you’ll find plenty of culture, superb outside spaces and curious English traditions. More notably a surprising number of new foodie arrivals from Shoreditch including Dirty Bones and Pizza Pilgrim. Several different neighbourhoods to choose from, each with their own personalities and a respectable smattering of independent businesses to hold your interest in each. Top Tip: Arbequina on Cowley Road and Vanilla on South Parade.