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Wil­liam Thom­son, head concierge at Mac­don­ald Ran­dolph Ho­tel, Ox­ford, shares his tips

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Wil­liam Thom­son, head concierge at Mac­don­ald Ran­dolph Ho­tel, shares his tips on how to make the most of your trip.

What are your guests’ most pop­u­lar re­quests in Ox­ford?

A visit to Christ Church col­lege – it was in the Harry Pot­ter films as Hog­warts’ Din­ing Hall. It has pro­duced 13 Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ters. Sit in the cathe­dral for a choir recital from 6pm.

Any strange re­quests?

I ar­ranged for a celebrity to go incog­nito to a lo­cal pub so he could watch an Amer­i­can foot­ball game on TV without be­ing recog­nised!

Tell us about your ho­tel...

The Ran­dolph is Ox­ford’s most iconic build­ing and known as the ‘Grand Old Lady’ of Ox­ford. It is the city’s only five-star ho­tel – US Pres­i­dents Bill Clin­ton and Jimmy Carter stayed here.

What should you do if you have only a day in Lon­don?

Start by see­ing Chang­ing the Guard, then stroll along the Thames to the Houses of Par­lia­ment, Big Ben and West­min­ster Abbey, fol­lowed by a visit to the Churchill War Rooms. Have din­ner at The Ivy and see a West End show.

What do you rec­om­mend for re­peat visi­tors?

Columbia Road flower

What do you rec­om­mend for visi­tors with chil­dren?

Lon­don Zoo is a good way to keep chil­dren en­ter­tained. Get a fast-track ticket through your concierge, so you can avoid the queues.

Share a ro­man­tic tip...

Buy a ham­per from Har­rods and watch the world go by in Ky­oto Gar­den, Hol­land Park.

A quin­tes­sen­tial English ex­pe­ri­ence we must try...

Fish and chips – try them for £5.50 at The Golden Chippy, a no-frills café in Green­wich.

Clock­wise from top left: Ran­dolph Ho­tel; flower mar­ket; fish and chips; Chang­ing the Guard Inset: Wil­liam Thom­son

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