Ponder the secret to life at Crick and Watson’s pub, The Eagle

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Join the likes of DNA scientists Crick and Watson, as well as more than a few RAF heroes, by supping one of The Eagle’s good old English ales.

Many a pub-goer might have declared that they’ve ‘discovered the secret to life’ while mulling over their usual pint, but at The Eagle in Cambridge this declaration was more than just drunken banter. Scientists Francis Crick and James Watson famously shared a celebratory drink after unlocking the key to the DNA double helix in their nearby lab in 1953.

Perhaps it was no accident that the pair chose this 14th-century tavern to muse over their achievement, it’s also where RAF pilots celebrated their return from WWII by leaving their signatures on the ceiling using cigarette lighters, candle smoke and even lipstick. You can still read what they wrote today over one of the Eagle’s traditional English cask ales.

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