Little Clarendon Street

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Coordinates: 51°45′30″N 1°15′45″W / 51.7583°N 1.2624°W / 51.7583; -1.2624

Little Clarendon Street looking east.
Little Clarendon Street looking west. Porters restaurant has now been replaced by a chain-restaurant Strada.

Little Clarendon Street is a short shopping street in northwest Oxford. It runs east-west between the south end of Woodstock Road opposite St Giles' Church to the east and Walton Street to the west. It forms one of three notable streets in North Oxford off the Woodstock Road where the variety of shops and cafés make them particularly trendy and bohemian places, the other two being North Parade and South Parade. The street is sometimes nicknamed Little Trendy Street.[1][2] Its trendiness was already apparent in the 1960s.[3]

As of 2006, the following buildings can be found on the street (this list is not definitive):

North side (east to west)[edit]

  • Lloyds Pharmacy (with Post Office; closed January 2009)
  • Strada Italian Restaurant;
  • Richards' Group Hairdresser's;
  • Martins' Newsagent (closed);
  • Oddbins wine merchants;
  • Duke of Cambridge cocktail bar;
  • La Plaza Tapas Bar;
  • Pierre Victoire Restaurant;
  • Café Rouge Restaurant;
  • Margery Fry and Elizabeth Nuffield House, a graduate-student accommodation of Somerville College;
  • Sylvester's Art and Gifts;
  • Uncle Sam's Vintage American Clothing store;
  • Hobbs Clothing Store;
  • Inspires Art and Prints shop;
  • Lacy's hair salon;
  • Posh Frocks clothing store;
  • Juice sandwich shop.
George and Davis' Ice Cream Café on Little Clarendon Street.

South side (east to west)[edit]

  • University of Oxford Mathematical Institute, Dartington House
  • University of Oxford Admissions Office;
  • G&D's Ice Cream Cafe;
  • Angels cocktail bar;
  • Sobell House Hospice Charity Shop;
  • The Isis Centre (counselling centre run by Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Mental Health NHS Partnership Trust);
  • The University of Oxford Offices;
  • Mortons Cafe;
  • A branch of Barclays Bank;
  • Lizzie James women's clothing store;
  • Central furniture store.

Along its south side the most prominent building is the 1960s University Central Offices, which in the minds of many people is an eyesore that damaged the character of the otherwise stately Wellington Square.[citation needed]

The Porters Bar & Restaurant, formerly at 1–2 Little Clarendon Street and now occupied by Strada, appeared in the BBC television programme The Restaurant.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oxford's Pubs and Bars". Daily Information. Oxford. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  2. ^ "Little Clarendon Street". Jericho Echo. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  3. ^ Snow, Peter (1991). Oxford Observed. John Murray. p. 122. ISBN 0-7195-4707-5. 
  4. ^ Hartford, Maggie (2007-08-26). "TV restaurant goes out of business". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 

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