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Cambridge Nightlife

The diversity of nightlife in Cambridge is down to its eclectic population of students, academics, tourists and locals. Browse the hundreds of flyers and mini-posters, which are attached to the railings along King's Parade and elsewhere, giving details of student productions and activities. Else the Tourist Information Centre (www.visitcambridge.org) has a list of the events going on in the city.

Bars in Cambridge

The Eagle

Of the many excellent pubs in the city, perhaps the most famous is the historic Eagle, featuring a ceiling scrawled with signatures of WWII pilots (many of them Americans stationed nearby during the conflict). Local lore claims this is also where university professors Crick and Watson famously drank, discussed and discovered the secrets of DNA.

Address: , Benet Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QN
Telephone: +44 1223 505 020.
Website: http://www.eagle-cambridge.co.uk

The Snug

It might be a bit of a hike from the town centre, but that hasn't dampened the atmosphere at this perfectly named little bar. A daily two-for-one offer on cocktails, plus a mouth-watering snacking menu, makes this a great place to start your night.

Address: , 67 Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1EN
Telephone: +44 1223 367 684.
Website: http://www.thesnugbar.co.uk

The Vaults

The Vaults is a cosy underground cocktail bar that's a favourite with students and townsfolk alike. On top of a great selection of cocktails, ciders and beers, it boasts table tennis, backgammon tables and plenty of squishy sofas.

Address: , 14a Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TB
Telephone: +44 1223 506 090.
Website: http://www.thevaults.biz

Clubs in Cambridge


There is no shortage of clubs aiming for the student market and that includes Ballare, the Italian word for 'dance'. It claims to have the best DJs in East Anglia and hooks in many more from the national circuit too. It also offers pre-bookable booths.

Address: , Heidelburg Gardens, Cambridge, CB2 3NA
Telephone: +44 1223 364 222.
Website: http://www.ballare.co.uk

Fez Club

This is an elegant Moroccan-styled nightclub that draws mainly student crowds. It's famous for attracting world class DJs and performers that range from Joey Negro and Jazzy Jeff to DJ Yoda and Fun Lovin' Criminals. Another highlight is the unique cocktail list, which is packed with creative surprises.

Address: , 15 Market Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PF
Telephone: +44 1223 519 224.
Website: http://www.cambridgefez.com


It may be part of a nationwide chain, but this fun and frivolous club still manages to channel a boutique feel. It attracts a young crowd of revellers with its large dance floor, cocktail bar and 9 VIP booths with table service if you're not quite ready to boogie yet.

Address: , 22 Sidney Street, Cambridge, CB2 3HG
Telephone: +44 1223 324 600.
Website: http://www.kudaclub.com/cambridge

Live music in Cambridge

Cambridge Corn Exchange

This is the city's centre for performing arts and entertainment. The largest venue in Cambridge, it stages a wide variety of shows and performances, from cutting-edge European jazz, rock and pop, opera, comedy, classical music and kids' shows through to dance shows, new music, comedy and West End productions.

Address: , 2 Wheeler Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QB
Telephone: +44 1223 357 851.
Website: http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/cornex

Cambridge Junction

This is an all-round performing arts venue embracing live music and club nights as well as theatre, comedy, children's shows and community events. It can hold up to 1,000 people in its main auditorium.

Address: , Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX
Telephone: +44 1223 511 511.
Website: http://www.junction.co.uk

The Portland Arms

This intimate venue hosts local and international bands from across all genres. Its performance space was recently expanded too, so it now squeezes in 200 people and is kitted out with a high-tech sound system and lighting rig.

Address: , 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 3BA
Telephone: +44 1223 357 269.
Website: http://www.theportlandarms.co.uk

Classical music in Cambridge

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Featured Hotels


Lensfield Hotel

A family-run hotel that offers personal service and a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, the classically decorated Lensfield is housed in a building dating back to around 1850, located in the heart of Cambridge. It offers a dining room and conservatory for breakfasts, a new boutique wellness spa and a small, intimate bar.

Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge

This luxury modern hotel enjoys a perfect location on the banks of the River Cam. It has air-conditioned rooms, a heated indoor pool and a fitness centre/health club including sauna, steam room and solarium. The excellent Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill overlooks the gardens and the river.

Regency House

This smart and sophisticated B&B is centrally located in a Victorian townhouse. There are 10 rooms split over four levels, all offering a flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi access and tea and coffee making facilities. The rooms have been decorated in light neutral colours and have beautiful oak furniture with most rooms having a park view.

Cambridge Belfry

This modern hotel is 11km (7 miles) west of Cambridge and is a reasonably priced out-of-city option, with 120 spacious bedrooms, plus tennis courts, an indoor pool and award-winning dining. Following a £150,000 refurb, it now has a new-look restaurant, bar and health club.

The Varsity

Famous for its spectacular roof terrace and the views from its light-flooded rooms, this unapologetically modern hotel occupies a riverside location in the heart of the city. Its partnership with the Elemis Spa ensures a luxurious experience for all guests.

Tudor Cottage

This cute little guesthouse has racked up the awards over the years, thanks to its warm service, luxurious rooms and scrumptious breakfasts. All rooms have Wi-Fi, TVs, deliciously comfortable beds and tea making facilities, but it's the welcoming owners that set this place apart.