Oxford city centre bustles with life all year round, with student life, visitors and locals. Its numerous museums, concert venues and theatres are always alive, and Oxford University itself stages plenty of special events to keep the family interested. Westgate Oxford is a great shopping and eating destination, with plenty of premium brands, a John Lewis and several dining and entertainment venues. Punting on the River Cherwell is one of Oxford's great pleasures.
Full of the life that independent shops and cafés bring, Summertown is one of Oxford's most desirable areas, and it's just a mile or so from Sunderland Avenue. There is an M&S Food and many good quality bakeries and delicatessens which will supply everything you need for a good Saturday brunch. The North Wall Arts Centre has a vibrant programme of events for adults and children.
Oxford is blessed with many high quality schools, both independent and state sector. Independent schools close to Sunderland Avenue include The Dragon School, St Edwards, Headington School, Rye St Antony and Wychwood School. Cherwell School in North Oxford is among the best state secondary schools in Oxford, rated Outstanding by Ofsted.