Local Information

How to get to Cambridge

Cambridge is served by the National Rail network and various bus companies, including the National Express. These run from/to various airports, including London Stansted, London Luton and London Heathrow.

The closest airport is London Stansted (30 min. by train). London Luton can be reached by National Express bus, which takes about 1 hour 40 minutes.

Flights from USA typically arrive to London Heathrow. Direct Heathrow-Cambridge journeys can be made with the National Express buses, which take about 2.5 – 3 hours.
Faster alternatives involve the Underground (Picadilly line) to King’s Cross train station, from which regular services run to Cambridge (together about 2 hours). An alternative is to take the Heathrow Express to Paddington Station (charged separately), then Underground to King’s Cross.

If you are travelling over the weekend (especially on Sunday) and plan to take the Underground or train, please check for scheduled delays and works on the tracks.

How to get to Jesus College

Jesus College is situated on Jesus Lane, a quiet side street in the centre of Cambridge. Visitors are welcome and are requested to report to the Porters’ Lodge on arrival.

Directions to get to Jesus College as well as maps can be found on the Jesus College website under the contact us button.

Local Information

Local information on places to visit in and around Cambridge can be found in the following web pages:
Visiting the University Museums and Colleges
Tourist information about Cambridge – What’s on

Nearby restaurants/pubs where to eat (reservations recommended):

Cambridge is full of restaurants and places to drink. For those booking accommodation in Jesus College, and attending the meeting, the event is fully catered, but you may be staying a few more days, or chose to explore one lunch-time / evening. To make your choice that little bit easier, the LOC have made a list of some personal favourites. You can see all these places on a map here


St. Johns Chophouse British Restaurant, and as the name suggests very meat-orientated. You need to order by 7pm for their earlybird special. (Northampton St.)
Coast A nice fish restaurant in Cambridge. A good place for fish & chips, both for eat-in or takeaway. There are other good things on the menu, with the fishcakes as a good choice.(Trinity St.)
Smokeworks Excellent BBQ food with large portions. Reservations are not possible, so on busy days you need to get there early, or sign up to the waiting list and have a drink in the Eagle (Bene’t St.)
La Tasca A Spanish restaurant & Tapas Bar (14-16 Bridge Street, Cambridge)
Zizzi Intalian restaurant. An inexpensive option, but reasonable for what it is (Bene’t St.)
La Margarita Italian restaurant with an excellent early-bird special available until 7pm (Magdelene St.)
La Mimosa Italian restaurant with a very popular terrace by the River Cam (on the corner of the Jesus Green)
The Rice Boat South Indian (Kerala) cuisine (37 Newnham Road, Cambridge)
Cocum South Indian (Kerala) cuisine, the Masala Dosa is especially good (71 Castle St)
Raja Indian Restaurant with very friendly service and a great range of dishes both vegetarian and non-veg (60 Kings St)
Thanh Binh Vietnamese restaurant, the pho is always a good choice here. You can bring your own wine. (Magdelene St.)
Big Buddha Thai restaurant (Bridge Street)
Teri-Aki Japanese food (Quayside)
Chinese Canteen Chinese food. Authentic and very tasty. (Bridge St.)
North China Dumpling Chinese dumplings. A real treat. Good for a light meal, or something more substantial (Regent St.)
Rainbow Cafe Not very high-end but highly popular, very good vegetarian only selection, daily specials, soups & sweets to die for
(Kings Parade, opposite Kings College)

Cafes & Sandwich shops

Aromi Small Italian/Sicilian sandwich place (Bene’t St.)
Charlie’s Coffee Company A good place for coffee. They also have nice pizza and ice-cream (Burleigh St.)
Bread & Meat A wonderful sandwich shop where the sandwiches are mainly made up of (roasted) meat and bread (Bene’t St.)
Auntie’s tea shop A nice little tea room with good cakes, the banana cake is a particular recommendation (Opposite Kings College)
Patisserie Valerie For those with a sweet tooth (Bridge St.)

Pubs and Bars

Pint Shop An ever-changing range of beers and ales mostly brewed by small breweries both local and from around the UK (Bene’t St.)
The Eagle A traditional pub that is steeped in the DNA of scientific discovery. A great place for talking research late into the night. (Bene’t St.)
The Cambridge Brewhouse A great pub that has its own microbrewery on the premises (King Street)
The Punter Close to the department, and good place for an evening meal. Plenty of seats in the converted stable next door (Northampton St.)
The Castle Inn One of the closest pubs to the department, a good choice for a post-workshop beer (Castle St.)
The Maypole Many beers on tap and good Italian food (Park St.)
The Anchor A nice pub by the River Cam (Silver St.)
The Granta A lovely old pub, not too far from the department.(Newnham Terrace)
Pickerel Central location, with a nice range of beers and a good atmosphere (Magdelene St.)
The Free Press A very charming pub that’s a little bit further afield beyond Parker’s Piece (Prospect Row)
The Geldart Even further afield, beyond the Grafton Centre, but a great pub, and really excellent food (Sleaford St.)