I wasn’t initially going to blog about the day P and I spent in Cambridge, but I took so many photos and I wanted to share them! Our trip was all rather last minute, but that’s part of the fun! After such a nice time in the New Forest, and with a few more days left of our little holiday, we thought it would be fun to do a day trip. We’d thrown around a few ideas, and then I mentioned that I’d been to Oxford, but not to Cambridge. P had never been either, so we decided that would be our trip and we booked ourselves some train tickets!
11:30am: Coffee at Fitzbillies
By the time we arrived in Cambridge, P and I were in need of a little pick-me-up. We were both pretty tired and a bit hungry, since we didn’t have time to have breakfast before we dashed out to catch our train. Luckily, I had done a little bit of research and heard tales of a popular spot called Fitzbillies. We walked up from the station and promptly sat ourselves down with some caffeine and pastries. P went for a sausage roll and a nice cuppa, and I helped myself to a chelsea bun and a latte! Fitzbillies is known for it’s Chelsea buns and they are very nice, but be warned, it was a little too sweet for me, especially since I hadn’t eaten anything else that morning. Still, the vibe was nice and the blue coffee cups and subway tile were super dreamy…
12:15pm: Explore Cambridge
After our little pick-me-up, we took to the streets and went for a little wander. There were lots of really gorgeous buildings, and bicycles every which way you looked, and we all know how much I love a bicycle snap! Honestly, It felt a bit like walking around Oxford, which was odd, as it did have a slightly different vibe! Still, it was so fascinating to wonder the same streets that the likes of Stephen Hawking, Ian McKellen, AA Milne, C.S. Lewis, Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, et all used to tread. One of the things I love about exploring England is how much history exists, and Cambridge was certainly chockablock full of history!
2pm: Punting on the River Cam
Can you visit Cambridge and not go punting along the River Cam? I don’t think so! In truth, I think this was what I was most looking forward to and easily my favorite part of the trip! There’s a bit of the river just by Trinity where there are loads of people queuing up to go punting, but P and I wandered down a little further and stumbled upon Rutherford’s Punting Company. It was much quieter, and we ended up with only five other people. Our tour guide Josh was lovely, and told many funny stories (some of which may or may not be true, as he happily admitted) about Cambridge and some of it’s more notable alumni! All in all, a nice soothing hour, and easily the best way to see Cambridge!
3pm: Visit St. John’s College
Of course, no visit to Cambridge would be complete without visiting at least one of the colleges. There are a few of them, but we opted for the smaller St. John’s College, which was open to visitors (many of them were closed due to students taking exams). Not only was it where they filmed some of the film The Theory of Everything (I love visiting places that were used in films!) but also offered a really up close and personal view of the Bridge of Sighs… named after the actual Bridge of Sighs in Venice and not just a nickname like Oxford!
4pm: Lunch at Smokeworks
All that wandering left us pretty hungry. Luckily, I had been googling places to eat well in advance for just such a moment. We wondered over to Bene’t Street, and looked at our options, before finally deciding on Smokehouse. When in doubt, burgers are always the way to go! Lucky for me, their veggie burger option (they had more than one option, which never happens!) as totally amazing, and P was pretty pleased with his burger too. It was the perfect lunch after a few hours of walking. We rested our weary feet before stuffing ourselves silly!
4:45pm: Gelato at Jacks
Satisfying my sweet tooth is pretty much what guides me through visiting any new place… It’s an absolute must! Naturally, as we strolled through Bene’t St and I spied Jack’s Gelato, which I had been stalking on Instagram, I knew I had to take a peek inside! Fun fact about Jack’s Gelato, it’s all small batch ice cream, made fresh, and the flavors change all the time based on what’s in season! I adore stuff like that! I went for a small scoop of the honeycomb gelato (still being full from my burger after all) and it was utterly divine!
5:30pm: Back to London
By the time we got back to the train station, we were knackered, and our feet were tender from all the walking! Still, I spent the train journey back to Liverpool Street looking through all the pictures I took (I took loads, and I didn’t even have my camera with me!) of Cambridge! It was such a nice day, on a totally different rhythm than London. Sometimes it’s nice to escape for a few hours and Cambridge was the perfect place!