IN LOVE WITH BATH
There is so much to discover in this great British city.
We know all there is to know about Bath, and we’re here to give you perfect pointers. To give you a taster, here are a few of our favourite finds.
We love this gallery in a Grade II Listed Georgian townhouse. It presents a wonderful curation of works by emerging international artists in a setting inspired by Korean aesthetics. In this relaxed space that evolves as exhibitions do, you’ll find paintings, sculpture and most definitely, inspiration.
Green Park Station Market
On the first Sunday of every month, Green Park Station turns into a bustling undercover flea, antique and vintage market. If you’re into collecting curios and one-offs, this is your Sunday morning must-do. You’ll find Militaria, fine china, art, jewellery, anatomical bits, toys and lots, lots more.
This beauty is the last remaining 18th century Pleasure Garden in the country. It was Jane Austin’s favourite green space in the city back in the day, and locals still escape to it for a little tranquillity. It’s an ideal spot for a picnic or a dog walk. And it’s nice and close to the hotel, too.
This is a bit of a must, really. It’s a magnificent temple and bathing complex on the site of Britain’s only hot spring, which still flows with naturally hot water today. You can walk around the steaming Great Bath, see Sulis Minerva's temple's ruins, and learn a lot at the Roman Baths museum.
The Bath Distillery
If you like gin, you’re in for a real treat. The Bath Distillery is where three rather fine gins are created. You can see how it’s done at the distillery on Monmouth St. And then you can taste the distiller’s skills over a G&T or in a delicious cocktail at their Canary Gin Bar just down the road.
Sitting on Margaret Buildings, a pedestrian street between the Royal Crescent and Circus, is this absolute treasure trove run by an interior designer. It’s a source of the best of contemporary British art and crafts, including studio ceramics, jewellery, original prints, paintings and textiles.
If you’re a fan of classicism, you’ll be in your element here amongst Sir William Holburne’s incredible art collection. The building itself is one of Bath’s most majestic buildings (and that’s really saying something). And being positioned in Sydney Pleasure Gardens, it is a very special spot.
In the 'Artisan Quarter' of Bath is this relaxed, family-run restaurant, cocktail bar and club with live music. You can enjoy a quick-and-excellent morning coffee, or you can settle in for an a la carte lunch or dinner. And there are two cocktail bars, an award-winning mixologist and a resident DJ.
We love this lively Mexican cantina on Edgar Mews. It serves over 100 mezcals and tequilas, authentic tacos, nachos and rice bowls. Its look is laid-back Latin with peeling paint and shelves and shelves lined with tequila. And you can go for straight-up, tasting flights or excellent cocktails.
This sweet wonder was started in 2018 by Taiwanese pastry chef, Fang. It brings a unique Asian twist to French patisserie, and the result is completely delicious. There’s a little shop on Grove Street, and you can also catch them at Bath Farmers Market. Specialities include macarons and choux pastry.
This buzzing restaurant with a beautiful heated terrace and pretty garden in the heart of Bath is a great spot. Alongside a menu of creatively cooked small plates, you can choose from a broad range of delicious global wines by the glass and bottle. They also do a rather superb Sunday brunch.
The Abbey Deli
On Abbey Green, the cobblestoned area just behind Bath’s majestic Abbey, there’s a historic Plane Tree that dates back to 1793 and this lovely little, licensed café and deli. It’s currently in the spotlight after featuring in Bridgerton. But in real life, it serves coffees, teas and home-baked foods.
There’s some serious bakery mastery happening at landrace. Using stoneground UK-grown grains, they create naturally leavened, truly delicious sourdough loaves, buns, rolls and other treats. Dishes on the menu are designed to play to the bread's greatness, and there’s seating both in and outside.
In the city’s ‘Antique Quarter’ there’s this fantastic café in the Loft (which is also the home of lovely women’s clothing and homeware brand, Blue). The food is Mediterranean-style with a great salad bar and an impossible-to-resist cake selection. There’s also a summer terrace for the beautiful days.
Topping & Company / Mr B’s
In this city famed for resident writers and their works, there are some tucked-away bookstores ripe for a rummage. Topping & Company where to head for lively events and signed first editions. Mr B’s Emporium is where you can find a huge stock of written greatness and settle in for a literary evening.
This boutique showcases hard-to-find designers alongside heritage labels in a genuinely welcoming environment. There are brands like Universal Works, YMC and Marimekko home. Plus, the street it’s on is home to loads of great independent businesses. So, you’re bound to find more to like than Found.
This is a dream place of fine, independent and specialist magazines that sources publications from around the world, with many being exclusive to the store. There’s a particular focus on art, design, interiors, travel and journals. But you’ll find it all within a range that runs to over 1,500 titles.
This is a stationery addict’s dream come true. But, really, it’s an intriguing treasure trove for any creative person. Specialising in bespoke letterpress printing and fine stationery, this tiny store full of paper goods and calligraphy equipment can be found at the top of Walcot Street.
Beckford Bottle Shop
This contemporary wine merchant and lovely bistro with traditional values sources wines from some of the best independent worldwide producers and vineyards. You can try and buy wine accompanied with selected British cheese and charcuterie, which we’re sure you’ll agree, is a great way to go.
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main shopping streets, you’ll find this wonderland for fibre lovers. Its large collection of British reared, sheared, spun and dyed yarns are heaven for those who make. They have a please-do-touch policy and extremely friendly, knowledgeable staff.