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JAM London Oxford Nationa History Museum Front


Outside London

We hired a driver for a day trip beyond the busy city to bucolic Oxford. Just over an hour by train or a little more by car, we arrived at what one would imagine the oldest (there is evidence of teaching as early as 1096) university in the English-speaking world would look like...except even more beautiful.

Oxford University is comprised of 39 colleges all set in more than a campus but an entire city with buildings from the 15th-17th centuries. Oxford has educated many notable alumni, including 28 prime ministers of the United Kingdom. We wanted to have fun soaking in what one of the most prestigious collegiate research university cities offered and found unique museums, shops, gardens and architecture.

JAM London Oxford National History Museum

Museum of Natural History

JAM London Oxford Pitt River Museum

Pitt Rivers Museum

First stop was their incredible Museum of Natural History. There was an ice cream truck parked by the entrance and a cute cafe on the second floor with proper snacks to refuel before our second stop: the Pitt River Museum, conveniently located right behind. Both equally mesmerizing with the school's scientific extensive collections of geological and zoological specimens all housed in stunning architecture with a more manageable, dainty footprint in comparison to what the museums actually hold. Both are open 7 days a week from 10am - 5pm.

JAM London Oxford Little Clarendon St
JAM London Oxford Street

The weather was beautiful so we decided to check out the town after exploring a few pretty colleges first. We found the flagship bookstore of Blackwell's - probably the best academic book retailer we've ever been to. It was hard to leave the 5 stories of bookshop, but surrounding it are cute streets filled with many shops and cafes including plenty with University of Oxford gear and souvenirs. We skipped the busy pedestrian streets with a referral from a JAM friend local and ate the best late lunch at all day brasserie Browns with the best ice cream after on Little Clarendon Street around the corner.



Krystal Chang

Krystal Chang is a writer and designer of flowers, installations, and landscapes in Los Angeles. Her background in architecture and construction informs the spatial quality of her work. She creates bespoke florals for events and clients including Esters Wine Shop, Lunya, Design Within Reach, and Poketo. She designs landscapes for residential and commercial clients with a focus on native and sustainable gardens.
IG: @krystalchang


Amanda Quinn Olivar, JAM's arts and culture editor, is also the editor at Curator magazine, producer of Seeing is Believing: Women Direct and the play Paint Made Flesh. She has collaborated on Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies and an upcoming project with Zandra Rhodes. She sits on the boards of London's Fashion and Textile Museum and The Chimaera Project. As a curator and arts advocate, she received the HeArt Award for her work benefiting A Window Between Worlds. Amanda has curated exhibits at The Cornell Art Museum, The Skirball Cultural Center, Fresno Art Museum, and Brand Art Center. Amanda lives and works in Los Angeles.

Thank you to Imogen Smith and Chloe Copus.