Tatler Travel Guide

Share Published on November 29, 2018

Here's to reinvention, to transfor­mations and new beginnings.

Like so many Cambridge alumni, who come up and learn and change the world, so has this dazzler. It's not new - there's been a hotel on this corner of Parker's Piece since 1834 - but it's learned plenty. The building will stop you in your tracks: restored, remastered, with a new classical frontage courtesy of architect John Simpson. But it's inside that the really clever stuff happens. The design, by the fault­less Martin Brudnizki, is effort­lessly stylish but unpretentious: sage walls, burnt- orange leather, moss-green velvet, pictures that look straight out of The Ivy.

Rooms are calm and cossetting and filled with books carefully curated by Mayfair bookshop Heywood Hill. Top marks for Parker's Tavern, where Tristan Welch's seasonal food includes the best potted shrimp, truffle risotto and posh spaghetti bolognese we've ever eaten. And the place is packed - with visitors, but also well-heeled locals, just as a town hotel should be.

Here's to revamps, with brains.

University Arms Hotel Cambridge update

In light of the Government announcement on the 23rd of December, we at University Arms and Parker’s Tavern will close our doors on Boxing Day.

If you have a reservation, please know that we will contact you about this, however should you have concerns, please do call our team on 01223 606066. 

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I look forward to welcoming you in 2021.

Ian James

General Manager

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