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Cubitts' Guide to Cambridge

Cubitts' Guide to Cambridge
22.07.2021

We set off in our new scholarly home to find you the best day out - if you follow this list start to finish, the route is only 45 minutes, but we recommend lingering at a few (read: all) of the stops along the way.

Your starting point is the Heong Gallery, a modern and contemporary art gallery located in Downing College. Past exhibitions include Ai Weiwei, Barbara Hepworth’s Divided Circle, and at the time of our store opening, Of the Earth. When you’ve had your fill there, head up St Andrew’s Street to Newton’s Apple Tree.

While not the original apple tree where Isaac Newton began to consider gravity, this tree is an offshoot of the original and we still consider it to be a great place to stand and wait for a good idea to bop you on the head.

New ideas in hand, meander up to Portugal Place, regarded as the city’s most beautiful residential area, and pick out your new home.

A quick jaunt across the River Cam at the end of the aptly named Bridge Street brings you to Kettle’s Yard, a gallery and former residence that is home to a host of inspiration for the interiors of our newest outpost in the city.

Not only serving as inspiration for our store, but Kettle’s Yard is home to some Cubitts’ favourites, including Brancusi’s Bird in Space (currently in the reserve collection) which served as inspiration for our titanium collection.

A Cantabrigian activity is, of course, punting. To some it might seem quite touristic, but this is the best way to see the River Cam and spend a leisurely afternoon, all the while having someone gently chauffeur you around on an ideally warm summer’s day. If you’re not quite up to it (or rather, the weather isn’t), we suggest stopping in at the nearby pub, The Punter.

Your last mission is a wander down Trinity Street, down to Fitzbillies to pick up a picnic, and back across the Cam for a laze about in Coe Fen for a bit of the countryside right in the centre of town. Be sure to stop at number 18 to say hello to our team and show off your new knowledge of the Kettle’s Yard-inspired interiors.

Weird and wonderful trivia about Cambridge to ponder on your journey

Some rules created hundreds of years ago still stand today, however unconventional they may be now. Students have to “keep the term”, meaning for 59 nights each term, they need to stay within a three mile radius of Great St Mary’s Church.

Historically, dogs were banned as pets for students and faculty living on campus at Cambridge, so some had circumvented the rule by defining their dog as a “very large cat”, or going for more outlandish (though technically not banned) pets, such as Lord Byron’s bear.

A lamppost in the middle of Parker’s Piece (also thought to be the founding place of the rules of Association Football) is known as Reality Checkpoint, the boundary between the university section of the town, and the “regular” part of town - otherwise known as “the real world”.