My Oxford: Kerr Drummond
Scottish born and Oxford bred; Kerr Drummond has the perfect balance of North and South with his passion for art and keen eye for beauty evident in his designs. Currently filming a new property series for Channel 4 and managing the ever growing success of his interior design company, Hastings Drummond, based in Summertown, he has taken time off from his busy schedule to talk oxford with us.
Can you tell us a bit about your relationship with Oxford?
My family moved down from Glasgow for my Father’s work and settled in Standlake when I was three. Back then Oxford seemed like a distant metropolis! It was only after I started school at St. Edward’s that I really started to get to know the city. I moved to the Grandpont when I was 21 where I lived in a shared house with my older brother and a couple of friends. I moved to Osney Island in 2009 and have been living happily there ever since.
What are your favourite haunts around the city?
The University Parks is one of my favourite spots. It’s a good place to watch the seasons change if you visit it regularly enough. I also like the Covered Market, especially at Xmas time and the old pubs around Broad Street and the High Street, The Kings Arms and the Old Bear.
What to you are the most iconic aspects of Oxford?
May morning can be pretty special, especially if you’ve been out all night the night before!
Where do you eat and drink?
I often eat out in Oxford for all over the city really, but more often than not in the pubs and restaurants in Jericho and at my friendly local, The Punter. I love The Standard restaurant on Walton Street (best curry in town) and Fabrizio the manager at Kazbar on Cowley Road always makes a visit there worthwhile.
What about Oxford has inspired you or helped your creative process?
The architecture in Oxford can be pretty inspiring but I think the people are the city’s biggest asset. It’s a very cosmopolitan place so you get to meet people from all over the world, which creates quite an inspiring atmosphere. Very few of my friends in Oxford were actually born here.
What’s the worst or least attractive thing about Oxford?
The Kassam Stadium. Although I’m a die-hard Rangers fan the first football match I ever went to see was Oxford United at the old Manor Ground, which I loved. It’s a shame they moved out of town really. Hopefully they’ll have another good season next year and make enough money to build a fourth stand!
Do you have an area, street or village in Oxfordshire that is special to you?
Standlake is special to me as that’s where I grew up. I work really hard and travel a lot at the moment as I’m filming a new property show for Channel 4 so to be able to escape to the family home in Standlake is lovely, especially in the summer and in the evening in particular as there aren’t any street lights so the night sky can be pretty awesome. Anywhere in Oxford near the river is pretty special.
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