Compact and filled with great shops, Cambridge is a dream of a shopping destination. The Grand Arcade has a huge selection of premium retailers and eateries under one skylit roof, ranging from fashion favourites such as All Saints, Hobbs and Hollister, to beauty and jewellery stores. It’s also home to John Lewis and a number of eateries, in case you need to refuel mid-shop. The Grafton, across Christ’s Pieces from the city centre, is another shopping hub, with big name brands including Next, New Look and Decathlon, as well as a great selection of restaurants in its upstairs food court. Cambridge also has a thriving community of independent shops: head down Trinity Street, Green Street and Bridge Street to browse fashion, gifts and more from some of the city’s finest indies.
For expert pampering in a sleek setting, Elajé Hair & Beauty has a fantastic reputation in Cambridge for its hair and beauty treatments. Whether you’re in the mood for a revitalising facial or a fresh new haircut, you’ll be in the safest of hands with the salon’s team of skilled stylists and master therapists. For a spa experience in the city centre, The Glassworks at the Varsity hotel has state-of-the-art facilities, a jacuzzi overlooking the River Cam and an Aveda hair salon, as well as offering treatments including massages and manicures. If you’re feeling energetic, there are also fitness classes and a high-end gym.
The Gonville Hotel
Those in search of the ultimate escape from day-to-day stresses should seek out the Gonville Hotel, a luxurious four-star retreat overlooking Parker’s Piece. As well as an elegant rooms and highly regarded restaurant, it’s also home to Gresham’s House Wellness, a day spa nestled in the hotel’s beautiful walled garden. With a stunning botanical themed décor and a full complement of ESPA treatments, it’s a must-visit for some pampering in Cambridge – and when you’re suitably zenned out from your treatments, your cosy bed for the night is just steps away!
At PAUS., an outdoor bathing experience located around 30 minutes outside of Cambridge, you can recharge and relax in wood-fired hot tubs. The site has recently been revamped, and now offers wild swimming, a nature trail, saunas and a café, as well as yoga and creative workshops. The hillside location is blissful and feels a million miles away from the bustle of city life, making it perfect for switching off and resetting. Other wellness spots in the area to check out include CamYoga in Chesterton, which is an institution for yoga fans in the city, and Satyam, where sessions include meditation and mindfulness – you can even try flotation therapy here, allowing you to float effortlessly away in a mood-lit pod filled with Epsom salt water.