Girl's guide to Cambridge, England
With its gourmet treats and stylish boutiques, there’s much more to Cambridge, England, than just punting and poetry. Kate Salter offers an informative girl's guide on where to stay, eat, drink, shop and find the right sightseeing entertainment. Read on to make sure you don't miss out on some of the city's highlights.
The Hotel du Vin is perfectly placed for the Fitzwilliam Museum and is also just a short stroll into town. There’s an extensive wine list, roll-top baths and the biggest, comfiest beds ever. A fun way to get a glimpse inside the historic colleges is to stay in one of the college rooms (outside term time).
The food at Midsummer House (East Anglia’s only two-Michelin-starred restaurant) is just the right side of adventurous. It has a pretty riverside location and a cosy –not intimidating – atmosphere. Once the home of the poet Rupert Brooke, the Orchard Tea Garden at Grantchester is a blissful spot for afternoon tea. Go there on foot – it’s a picturesque, three-kilometre stroll through meadows from the town.
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The Eagle pub is where James Watson and Francis Crick first announced that they’d discovered the structure of DNA. The back room, known as the RAF Bar, has a ceiling covered with graffiti left by the British and American airmen who drank there during the Second World War. Fitzbillies has been selling its famous Chelsea buns for more than 90 years. The Grade II-listed bakery boasts a tasteful modern interior and a buzzing coffee shop next door – but the buns remain as sticky as ever.
Boudoir Femme is unassuming from the outside but inside has a great selection of cool separates from labels such as By Malene Birger, YMC and American Vintage. Nord brings sleek, Scandi chic to Cambridge with its Marimekko fabrics (the babywear is so very cute), Iittala glassware and Alvar Aalto furniture. Peter Crabbe Antiques is a gem of a shop that sells old botanical prints, maps and paintings.
The Fitzwilliam Museum is packed with paintings from the likes of Cezanne, Monet and Matisse. Kettle’s Yard – once an art-filled home, now a magical museum – is the inspiration behind numerous contemporary interiors.
OK, it’s a cliche, but punting really does give you a unique view of the city. In colder weather you’re even provided with blankets and mulled wine.
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This article was written by Kate Salter from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.