I was lucky to be able to call Bath home a number of years ago. Now that I live in London trips to my favourite city are few and far between. I’ve put together the key places to visit, eat and most importantly shop to guarantee you a wonderful Bath mini-break!
Where to stay
I decided to stay at an airbnb for the duration of my city break. As it was a bank holiday many of the hotels had been booked up early and were super pricey! The place was amazing, just a few minutes walk from Milsom Street on Lansdown Road. There was a large open plan kitchen upstairs with a lovely ensuite bedroom and balcony.
No.15 Great Pulteney is one of the newer boutique hotels in the area. It offers a grand setting on Great Pulteney Street “where you can indulge in all the best things in life, from the very finest artisanal food to exceptional afternoon teas and carefully-curated drinks.” From the outside it’s not obvious that the hotel is even there, but as I popped my head inside the door you were greeted with quirky decor and an ornate cocktail bar.
For a more traditional experience The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa offers stunning views of the city with an incredible garden to relax in.
Where to eat
Hunter & Sons is a lovely spot in Milsom Place that specialises in coffee and craft beer. I had a delicious brunch of avocado and poached eggs on sourdough toast. What I also liked is that it was a communal space where people came to work, chat as well as eat great food.
The Greenbird Cafe is tucked away in Margaret’s Buildings a stone’s throw from the high street. Go for a scrummy brunch in their lovely courtyard and make sure you order the American pancakes!
I’ve been going to the Firehouse Rotisserie with my family for many years and I was pleased to see it was still a vibrant evening hot spot. It’s brilliant for a pre-theatre dinner or a flame-grilled lunch, you won’t be disappointed.
If you’re looking for a post-dinner drink I highly recommend two amazing cocktail bars in the centre of the city. The first is Sub 13 which serves the dreamiest mojito’s. The bar is hidden away under the high street, music plays until the early hours and there’s even a secret garden at the back. The second is The Canary Gin Bar, two floors of cocktail heaven and the home to Bath’s first distillery in 250 years! Ask Tom behind the bar to make you a cocktail, he makes a ‘mean’ Avant Garden.
Where to visit
I’ve always considered the Royal Crescent the main event if you like, it’s the place I instantly think of when I think of Bath. The structure is over 150 meters long consisting of 114 columns – that’s incredible! It’s no surprise then that many films have been set here including ‘The Duchess’ featuring Keira Knightley.
At this time of year much of it is draped in Wisteria, you can see that I did get a little snap happy. Stand at the top of the park to admire the sweeping views of the city or pop into No.1 to look around the museum.
The Circus is a short walk down Brock Street from the Royal Crescent. It’s a striking circular arrangement that is a must-see spot for any avid Instagrammers – you really won’t see any other place like it!
When you head into the centre of the city you’ll come across Bath Abbey and The Pump Rooms. Soak up the atmosphere in the square from local buskers, have a sumptuous afternoon tea (be warned there’s always a very long queue) and for any culture vultures you must visit the historic Abbey.
Great Pulteney Street and Pulteney Bridge are yet another example of why Bath is the most beautiful city. Walk along the grandest street in the area via the bridge for stunning architectural views down towards the Holburne Museum.
Where to shop
Those that know me well know that I LOVE to shop. Bath is full of incredible independent stores which, i’ve shopped at over the years. Here are a few of my highlights..
Sisi & May a fashion and lifestyle boutique which, has been featured in the Sunday Telegraph as one of the top 50 Boutiques. For cool cashmere or gorgeous Star Mela accessories this is a fashionista’s heaven.
Bath is also home to one of my favourite consignment stores, Grace & Ted. You can find Chanel, Mulberry, Gucci and Prada on their shelves for a steal! Found is a firm favourite of mine, Kenzo, Commes Des Garcons and Varley are some of the labels they carry to name a few.
For a beauty treatment, a quick blow-dry or to shop Aesop go to Melanie Giles.
If you have a penchant for cheese you have to visit Paxton & Whitfield on the corner of Quiet Street.
Finally, Alexandra May is a treasure trove of jewels situated in Margaret’s Buildings. If you’re looking for something a little bit different you’ll be sure to find something here.
It was an incredible bank holiday weekend with many highlights. Planning on visiting Bath soon? Be sure to check out some of these amazing places.