Bridge of Sighs, Oxford, England.
Ben did research in Oxford at the Bodleian Library across the street, and at a fictional research institute nearby in Burford on the Windrush River.
Publish And Perish
"...Ben sat in a small paneled booth, staring at a solid, respectable English phone, pondering the fact that he was now wide awake and was not going to go back to sleep. For one thing, the tall clock on the staircase was striking the chimes of Big Ben, while the house murmured to itself, heavy and slow and profoundly British, smelling of old books and polished wood and dusty draperies, creaking with age and the effects of the night air on antiquated ducking."