Situated in East Oxford, Headington is a prosperous area divided into about six main zones: Old Headington, New Headington, Headington Quarry, Headington Hill, Sandhills and Risinghurst, bisected by the London Road, which is the main route to London.
Headington is a thriving area with an abundance of shops for all requirements. Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Tesco Express are on the main street, along with many individual restaurants, like Jacobs & Field and pubs. Just around the corner on Old High Street is the welcoming Gastropub, The Black boy.
Whether you want to purchase a beautiful bouquet of flowers at The Garden, catch up with friends over a coffee at Starbucks or peruse the various shops, Frog Orange is one to definitely pop your head into - you simply must finish up in Coco Noir for a tasty chocolate treat.
The Windmill Shop sells cool & cultural Fairtrade items or there are various charity shops - Sue Ryder, Helen & Douglas House, Oxfam, British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research to pick up a bargain.
If you are a running enthusiast Up & Running can fulfil your fitness needs and are able to measure the way you run to match you to your perfect trainer. If you prefer a more relaxing experience, book an appointment for a treatment at Ice Hair and Spa or visit Tina’s Nails for a manicure.
For something different, switch your brain on and try an experience at Exciting Game - your team will have maximum 60 minutes to solve the mystery, to accomplish the mission and to find your way out of a room that has been set up like a crime scene.
Headington is also home to most of Oxford’s Hospitals including The John Radcliffe, Churchill, Nuffield, Warneford and the private Manor Hospital which was built on the site of Oxford United’s football former ground. Headington is also home to a very unusual sculpture, aka the Headington Shark, which has even made it onto the top 10 strangest houses in the UK list!
Headington also offers excellent educational prospects and facilities, including Oxford Brookes University at the top of Headington Hill. There are also some highly regarded state primary schools in Headington including St Andrews C of E Primary School, Windmill School and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School to name a few, along with Cheney Secondary School and Headington Preparatory School, offering independent schooling for girls aged 3-18.
Headington is not short of a few famous faces, including J.R.R. Tolkein who had a house in Sandfield Road, C.S. Lewis who lived in Risinghurst and is buried in Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry and Emma Watson aka ‘Hermione Granger’ from the Harry Potter films whom also went to Headington School.