As its name suggests, the Head of the River occupies a prime spot on the banks of the Thames. It’s close enough to town to stroll to the main sights, and a mixed clientele usually makes the place feel busy. Can get crowded when rowing competitions are on.
While it’s hardly going to rival London for diversity or liveliness, Oxford’s nightlife is well equipped enough to cater for most tastes. Venues tend to cater for either locals or students (‘town or gown’, as the saying goes) but there’s always a fair amount going on. Check In Oxford (www.inoxfordmag.co.uk) for reliable info on what’s coming up.