Being an hour and forty minutes out of London by train, Bath is the perfect idyllic getaway for a bit of R&R. Whether you're after some serious natural spa treatments, exploration by food, retail therapy or bathing yourself in history (no pun intended) from the Romans to Austen- this beautiful British city is the perfect bet (best read like Cameron Diaz in The Holiday). Anyway! Last week Joe and I booked ourselves a couple of days in the city for some quality time so pastoral my Year 12 English teacher would have done a cartwheel. Having never visited before (nope, I don't know why either)- we filled our days with as much as humanly possible which my step counter can justify- fuelled by fresh cakes, plenty of caffeine and a little shopping too- not bad for 48 hours...

Staying: Air BnB

Whenever I visit a new city Air BnB is the first place I'll check out for places to stay. Fortunately I'd had our hideaway saved on one of my wish lists for as long as I can remember, so it took no time at all to book. Although there are a ridiculously strong selection of boutique and spa hotels in the city, Joe and I knew we wanted somewhere that'd make us feel like locals- with home comforts readily available after a long day exploring. Fortunately, this pad couldn't have been any more beautiful. With views over the rolling Somerset countryside, a kitchen boasting freshly baked bread and a bed arguably more comfortable than mine at home (all being a 10 minute walk from the centre)- I'd highly recommend this to anyone in need of a home away from home.

Other options: Bath Priory Spa Hotel, No.15 Great Pulteney, Villa @ Henrietta Park, Queensbury

Eating: Hunter & Sons

Although this spot is somewhere that prides itself on it's excellent craft beer and coffee selection (I noted it down largely for Joe's satisfaction)- the brunch menu at Hunter & Sons is delicious, incredibly extensive and available every day until 4pm- which makes it very good if you're as partial to a lie in as I am (and also if you like the thought of fusing drinks and brekkie too).

14/15 Milsom Place, Bath BA1 1BZ

Sam's Kitchen:

If you're in the market for some delicious, fresh and seasonal homemade grub, look no further than Sam's Kicthen. Not one for flimsy salads, this place boasts hearty and filling healthy dishes (no wilted lettuce leaves here) as well as the most wonderful accommodating staff on one of Bath's coolest streets.

61 Walcot St, Bath BA1 5BN

Didi Cakes:

Whether you're after a cupcake with a gooey Nutella filling, a crumbled apple pie, pocket-sized macaroon or fluffy lemon meringue- Didi's will have something for you. With a retro bar to sit up on, or equally perfect to take away- the cake selection here is pretty unrivalled in the city, and there's no wonder why. Just save some room to go back!

132 Walcot St, Bath BA1 5BG

Bea's Vintage Tea Rooms:

Nothing says 4pm in the UK like a visit to a vintage inspired tearoom, where ration books make up for menus and the playlist consists of jazz, Glen Miller and ragtime tunes. Bea's is pretty well known for perfecting retro inspired dining, and if like us you were already filled to the brim with cakes and buns (ahem)- Bea's also offer a delicious breakfast menu, including perfectly poached eggs and west country porridge.

5-8 Saville Row, Bath BA1 2QP

Society Café:

Coffee shop culture is a big thing in Bath, and one of our favourite discoveries was the airy and bright Society Café in the city centre. With plenty of places to indulge in some laptop time- the coffee's were just as impressive as the cake menu- with plenty of gluten free options and artwork to ogle at too.

Kingsmead Square, Bath BA1 2AB

Sotto Sotto:

Now this place is a bit of a gem. By no means a hidden one (book ahead if you want to get a table here)- the Italian food at Sotto Sotto is second to none (and will make you feel like you're lapping it up somewhere v.fancy indeed). With everything from fresh pasta, excellent seafood and beautiful meat cuts- this place is perfect for a special occassion (and won't break the bank either)!

10 N Parade, Bath BA2 4AL

Forum Coffee:

Our last stop before heading back was to The Forum- Bath's largest live venue situated in an old art deco cinema. The coffee shop itself has a small but perfectly formed and affordable menu, with everything from bagels to doorstop avocado on toast- perfect if you're on the go and after something delicious and quick.

1a, Forum Buildings, St James's Parade, Bath BA1 1UG

Sally Lunn's:

It felt almost rude to consider going to Bath without paying a visit to Sally Lunn's. Having heard endless things about the place from my friend Hannah, we made it a mission to taste a delectable bun from this Bath institution. Although it is a little bit of a tourist trap (aren't some of the best places?) we managed to pick up a bun to take away, and it was every bit as delicious as I'd expected. Who knew buns were all the rage this side of the UK?

4 N Parade, Bath BA1 1NX

If you have enough room: Blue Quail's Deli, Bridge Coffee Shop (for views over Pulteney Bridge), The Whole Bagel, The Scallop Shell (amazing seafood and fish and chips), The Oven (delicious fluffy pizza with pillowy crusts), The Raven (perfect pub food and homemade pies), Dough, Bath Priory Spa Hotel (a michellin starred set menu and afternoon tea), Acorn (infamous veggie food), Beyond The Kale (clue's in the name) , Comins Tea (all the tea), Colonna & Smalls (arguably the most well known coffee house in Bath), Made By Ben (perfect homemade sandwiches and mammoth sausage rolls- uh hu honey).

Sights:

Even if you're not someone keen on visiting tourist traps and historic sites, you'll be hard pushed to avoid them in Bath- and whilst a few do come at a cost (The Roman Baths, The Jane Austen Centre & Fashion Museum) you can happily stumble upon most of them throughout your day, and I promise they won't disappoint.


One of our favourite spots was The Circus (a stone's throw away from The Royal Crescent) and it's stunning Georgian architecture. It's the kind of place you can imagine flying straight out of a Dickens novel, and feels more surprising to see someone in a tracksuit around here than it does a pinafore and bonnet (which sounds far less strange once you're there, I promise)! We also loved walking along Pulteney Bridge, along Walcot Street and it's independent shops- and would have loved to squeeze in Priory Park Landscape Garden too had we the time.

Shopping: The Foodie Bugle

Having followed The Foodie Bugle on Instagram for as long as I can remember, it was a total pleasure getting to visit the store IRL and appreciate everything from their home baked goods, artisan produce and groceries, homewares and endless wicker baskets (what is it with me and baskets??) in the flesh. Plus, Silvana and John-Paul who run the shop also host supper clubs, events and are hugely knowledgable (so make for a great chat)!

2 Abbey St, Bath BA1 1NN

Found:

Run by Olivia Brewer and Nik Blake, Found is home to everything from beautiful design, contemporary fashion and an extensive stationary and homeware selection (which even cracked a strong willed me). With brands you love (read: Karen Walker, Hades and YMC) and new niche one's you'll equally grow to love, Found is a pint sized department store stocking a perfectly curated selection of things you didn't realise you needed (but will be glad you realised you did).

17 Argyle St, Bath BA2 4BQ

Magalleria:

As much as I love visiting magazine shops, it's so refreshing to visit a store owned by someone who really knows what they're talking about, and Magalleria in bath is just that. With endless favourite titles and plenty of refreshing new ones, it's easy to pick up a debut discovery here (they even have a wall of suggestions if the choice is overwhelming) and I can guarantee you'll get lost in the stacks and emerge with some treasure.

22A Broad St, Bath BA1 5LN

Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights:

Alongside coffee, there also seems to be a wealth of beautiful bookshops in the city, and Mr B's was one that came highly recommended (alongside Toppings). With helpful (and clued-up) staff as well as plenty of recommendations to get you started if you're not quite sure what you're after, it's the perfect quiet haven outside the bustling streets of the centre.

14-15 John St, Bath BA1 2JL

Meticullous Ink:

If you're into your brush lettering, calligraphy and stunning personalised and custom made stationary, Meticulous Ink is worth dipping into. With a huge expertise in printing, type and lettering, the bespoke service here is second to none- and they also offer classes too.

134 Walcot St, Bath BA1 5BG

Heaven's Bazaar:

Although I didn't get to dip into quite as many vintage shops as I'd have liked to, Heaven's Bazaar is one of the few that I did- and their selection of preloved designer and classic pieces were quite something. With everything in remarkable condition, and the shop feeling like an untouched period boudoir, it made for some pretty beautiful browsing time (for me, not Joe that is)!

3 Margaret's Buildings, Lower Lansdown, Bath BA1 2LP


We also loved: Fudge Kitchen (for sugary fixes), Pug & Puffin (if you're as dog mad as I am), Grace & Ted, Rossiters, Bertinet Bakery

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Being an hour and forty minutes out of London by train, Bath is the perfect idyllic getaway for a bit of R&R. Whether you're after some serious natural spa treatments, exploration by food, retail therapy or bathing yourself in history (no pun intended) from the Romans to Austen- this beautiful British city is the perfect bet (best read like Cameron Diaz in The Holiday). Anyway! Last week Joe and I booked ourselves a couple of days in the city for some quality time so pastoral my Year 12 English teacher would have done a cartwheel. Having never visited before (nope, I don't know why either)- we filled our days with as much as humanly possible which my step counter can justify- fuelled by fresh cakes, plenty of caffeine and a little shopping too- not bad for 48 hours...

Staying: Air BnB

Whenever I visit a new city Air BnB is the first place I'll check out for places to stay. Fortunately I'd had our hideaway saved on one of my wish lists for as long as I can remember, so it took no time at all to book. Although there are a ridiculously strong selection of boutique and spa hotels in the city, Joe and I knew we wanted somewhere that'd make us feel like locals- with home comforts readily available after a long day exploring. Fortunately, this pad couldn't have been any more beautiful. With views over the rolling Somerset countryside, a kitchen boasting freshly baked bread and a bed arguably more comfortable than mine at home (all being a 10 minute walk from the centre)- I'd highly recommend this to anyone in need of a home away from home.

Other options: Bath Priory Spa Hotel, No.15 Great Pulteney, Villa @ Henrietta Park, Queensbury

Eating: Hunter & Sons

Although this spot is somewhere that prides itself on it's excellent craft beer and coffee selection (I noted it down largely for Joe's satisfaction)- the brunch menu at Hunter & Sons is delicious, incredibly extensive and available every day until 4pm- which makes it very good if you're as partial to a lie in as I am (and also if you like the thought of fusing drinks and brekkie too).

14/15 Milsom Place, Bath BA1 1BZ

Sam's Kitchen:

If you're in the market for some delicious, fresh and seasonal homemade grub, look no further than Sam's Kicthen. Not one for flimsy salads, this place boasts hearty and filling healthy dishes (no wilted lettuce leaves here) as well as the most wonderful accommodating staff on one of Bath's coolest streets.

61 Walcot St, Bath BA1 5BN

Didi Cakes:

Whether you're after a cupcake with a gooey Nutella filling, a crumbled apple pie, pocket-sized macaroon or fluffy lemon meringue- Didi's will have something for you. With a retro bar to sit up on, or equally perfect to take away- the cake selection here is pretty unrivalled in the city, and there's no wonder why. Just save some room to go back!

132 Walcot St, Bath BA1 5BG

Bea's Vintage Tea Rooms:

Nothing says 4pm in the UK like a visit to a vintage inspired tearoom, where ration books make up for menus and the playlist consists of jazz, Glen Miller and ragtime tunes. Bea's is pretty well known for perfecting retro inspired dining, and if like us you were already filled to the brim with cakes and buns (ahem)- Bea's also offer a delicious breakfast menu, including perfectly poached eggs and west country porridge.

5-8 Saville Row, Bath BA1 2QP

Society Café:

Coffee shop culture is a big thing in Bath, and one of our favourite discoveries was the airy and bright Society Café in the city centre. With plenty of places to indulge in some laptop time- the coffee's were just as impressive as the cake menu- with plenty of gluten free options and artwork to ogle at too.

Kingsmead Square, Bath BA1 2AB

Sotto Sotto:

Now this place is a bit of a gem. By no means a hidden one (book ahead if you want to get a table here)- the Italian food at Sotto Sotto is second to none (and will make you feel like you're lapping it up somewhere v.fancy indeed). With everything from fresh pasta, excellent seafood and beautiful meat cuts- this place is perfect for a special occassion (and won't break the bank either)!

10 N Parade, Bath BA2 4AL

Forum Coffee:

Our last stop before heading back was to The Forum- Bath's largest live venue situated in an old art deco cinema. The coffee shop itself has a small but perfectly formed and affordable menu, with everything from bagels to doorstop avocado on toast- perfect if you're on the go and after something delicious and quick.

1a, Forum Buildings, St James's Parade, Bath BA1 1UG

Sally Lunn's:

It felt almost rude to consider going to Bath without paying a visit to Sally Lunn's. Having heard endless things about the place from my friend Hannah, we made it a mission to taste a delectable bun from this Bath institution. Although it is a little bit of a tourist trap (aren't some of the best places?) we managed to pick up a bun to take away, and it was every bit as delicious as I'd expected. Who knew buns were all the rage this side of the UK?

4 N Parade, Bath BA1 1NX

If you have enough room: Blue Quail's Deli, Bridge Coffee Shop (for views over Pulteney Bridge), The Whole Bagel, The Scallop Shell (amazing seafood and fish and chips), The Oven (delicious fluffy pizza with pillowy crusts), The Raven (perfect pub food and homemade pies), Dough, Bath Priory Spa Hotel (a michellin starred set menu and afternoon tea), Acorn (infamous veggie food), Beyond The Kale (clue's in the name) , Comins Tea (all the tea), Colonna & Smalls (arguably the most well known coffee house in Bath), Made By Ben (perfect homemade sandwiches and mammoth sausage rolls- uh hu honey).

Sights:

Even if you're not someone keen on visiting tourist traps and historic sites, you'll be hard pushed to avoid them in Bath- and whilst a few do come at a cost (The Roman Baths, The Jane Austen Centre & Fashion Museum) you can happily stumble upon most of them throughout your day, and I promise they won't disappoint.


One of our favourite spots was The Circus (a stone's throw away from The Royal Crescent) and it's stunning Georgian architecture. It's the kind of place you can imagine flying straight out of a Dickens novel, and feels more surprising to see someone in a tracksuit around here than it does a pinafore and bonnet (which sounds far less strange once you're there, I promise)! We also loved walking along Pulteney Bridge, along Walcot Street and it's independent shops- and would have loved to squeeze in Priory Park Landscape Garden too had we the time.

Shopping: The Foodie Bugle

Having followed The Foodie Bugle on Instagram for as long as I can remember, it was a total pleasure getting to visit the store IRL and appreciate everything from their home baked goods, artisan produce and groceries, homewares and endless wicker baskets (what is it with me and baskets??) in the flesh. Plus, Silvana and John-Paul who run the shop also host supper clubs, events and are hugely knowledgable (so make for a great chat)!

2 Abbey St, Bath BA1 1NN

Found:

Run by Olivia Brewer and Nik Blake, Found is home to everything from beautiful design, contemporary fashion and an extensive stationary and homeware selection (which even cracked a strong willed me). With brands you love (read: Karen Walker, Hades and YMC) and new niche one's you'll equally grow to love, Found is a pint sized department store stocking a perfectly curated selection of things you didn't realise you needed (but will be glad you realised you did).

17 Argyle St, Bath BA2 4BQ

Magalleria:

As much as I love visiting magazine shops, it's so refreshing to visit a store owned by someone who really knows what they're talking about, and Magalleria in bath is just that. With endless favourite titles and plenty of refreshing new ones, it's easy to pick up a debut discovery here (they even have a wall of suggestions if the choice is overwhelming) and I can guarantee you'll get lost in the stacks and emerge with some treasure.

22A Broad St, Bath BA1 5LN

Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights:

Alongside coffee, there also seems to be a wealth of beautiful bookshops in the city, and Mr B's was one that came highly recommended (alongside Toppings). With helpful (and clued-up) staff as well as plenty of recommendations to get you started if you're not quite sure what you're after, it's the perfect quiet haven outside the bustling streets of the centre.

14-15 John St, Bath BA1 2JL

Meticullous Ink:

If you're into your brush lettering, calligraphy and stunning personalised and custom made stationary, Meticulous Ink is worth dipping into. With a huge expertise in printing, type and lettering, the bespoke service here is second to none- and they also offer classes too.

134 Walcot St, Bath BA1 5BG

Heaven's Bazaar:

Although I didn't get to dip into quite as many vintage shops as I'd have liked to, Heaven's Bazaar is one of the few that I did- and their selection of preloved designer and classic pieces were quite something. With everything in remarkable condition, and the shop feeling like an untouched period boudoir, it made for some pretty beautiful browsing time (for me, not Joe that is)!

3 Margaret's Buildings, Lower Lansdown, Bath BA1 2LP


We also loved: Fudge Kitchen (for sugary fixes), Pug & Puffin (if you're as dog mad as I am), Grace & Ted, Rossiters, Bertinet Bakery

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32 comments:

  1. I went to university in Bath and in my three years I never managed to take the time to go to Sotto Sotto!! Devastating - maybe one day! Amazing post - my campus was a stone's throw away from the Royal Crescent so very nostalgic for me too.

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  2. So glad you enjoyed it here in Bath! I started Uni here in september and have fallen in love with this city. Nice to get some recommendations for places I never would have thought to go to! And Jacob's is a great little place for tasty paninis, soups, gluten free cakes and amazing coffee! x

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  3. My best friend lives in Bath, UK, and she's constantly sending me pictures. It looks so beautiful over there! Hopefully one day I will visit the UK, here's to hoping that it's in the recent future, haha. Stunning pictures btw. :)

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  4. I've been meaning to visit Bath for such a long time, and this has really rekindled that desire. It looks like you had an amazing trip!

    - Natalie
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  5. I've always wanted to visit Bath, it looks like the loveliest city! All your pictures are just wonderful Liv! x

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  6. I LOVE Bath! Unfortunately I've only visited once, but I can't wait to go back - especially after seeing this post! Your pictures are so beautiful, especially of all those foodie places - yum..! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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  7. This makes me want to go to Bath more than anything I've seen! The photography in this post is stunning, Liv!

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  8. This post makes me want to go back to Bath so bad! Love all of these hotspots. X
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  9. We visited Bath a few years ago and loved it so we're hoping to visit again soon. I will definitely try to remember your recommendations x

    LuxeStyle

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  10. Oh how beautiful! So many people have been to Bath recently and all I can think about is how I haven't been yet! Beautiful photos and lovely recommendations :)

    Kayleigh | anenthusiasmfor.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Nice post and photos :)

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  12. Beautiful post! So wish to visit soon :) looks amazing there!
    Much love xx
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  13. You've made me wish I was in England so I could go to Bath!

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  14. I spend a lot of time as my boyfriends family live down the road & my sister was at uni there, such a beautiful place and you've certainly mentioned some of my faves too.

    Mel x

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  15. Never been to Bath but your pictures are convincing me to!!

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  16. How is Bath so perfect? There's nothing I love more than quaint coffee shops and pretty architecture, need to plan a trip here very soon ♥

    Amy // Snippets of Amy

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  17. I love these photos so much!! Will definitely look back to this if I'm ever in Bath....

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  18. I love Bath, was lucky enough to live nearby in Bristol for a few years, this has really made me want to go back for a visit. It's the most beautiful city.
    Zoe | floral and feather

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  19. This post was exactly what I needed to read right now. Currently up to my eyeballs in the final semester of my degree, so any excuse to day dream about places to escape to is always welcome. Definitely adding Bath right to the top of my list after this gorgeous post, so glad you enjoyed yourselves!

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  20. This looks absolutely dreamy! Bath has been somewhere I've been intending to visit for the longest time! Need to make it happen!

    Lucy x- Yellowicing

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  21. I have never visited Bath but it is definitely on my list! I love how you've put together this post, so many great recommendations!

    Lynnsay x
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  22. I've only been to bath once, and it was a very brief trip - its a gorgeous town/city and I really want to go back & try out your recommendations!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  23. As Bath isn't far from me, I've been meaning to take a trip for ages, I'll definitely be checking out soon of these places when I get around to it :) x

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  24. woweeee those photos are stunning! x

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  25. Your photos are amazing, as usual! I love Bath and will definitely be adding these recommendations onto my list when I next visit! (I'd also recommend Boston Tea Party for brunch) :) Steph x
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  26. Bath is one of my favourites cities in England, and I'm actually moving there in September! I'm so excited. With Roman History and Jane Austen, this is THE place for me haha. The Fashion Museum indeed comes at a price, but it is the most beautiful collection of historical fashion I've ever seen. Plus you get to dress up in Victorian dresses, which in itself is worth the visit haha.
    Next time I'm there, I'll be able to check out some of these cafés and restaurants - of course Sally Lunn's is on my list, and Bea's Vintage Tea Rooms look right up my street too!

    Julia x
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  27. I used to live near Bath but only visited once - MADNESS! It is such a beautiful town though, and I'm now oogling all these brunch options....

    Lauren x
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  28. Bath looks amazing,and ooh all the great cafes you went to,lovely photos xo

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  29. This all sounds so lovely, I want to go
    xo
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  30. I've only been to Bath once before and I hit most of the sights you listed but missed all of the eating and shopping - so I definitely need to head back. Thanks for the tips!

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  31. I absolutely love Bath - it is such a gorgeous city! The Air Bnb looks so cute x


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  32. London is London..Paris is Paris..Milan is Milan..but Bath is a litttle bit Paris,London and Milan at the same time.

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