Bath has always been a show-stoppingly stylish city, and its designer fashion and interiors offering makes for an indulgent day of retail therapy!
First stop: Bartlett Street
Make a start to your shopping day on the cobbled Bartlett street where you will find The Loft – a beautiful concept store featuring Blue Clothing, an independent boutique with individual and interesting brands, as well as an eclectic range of homeware, offering bespoke furniture, soft furnishings and more. Before you head off, why not enjoy a coffee and piece of cake in the loft space of Italian-inspired Café Lucca?
At the top of Bartlett Street you will find the magnificent Assembly Rooms, which houses Bath’s Fashion Museum. You won’t be disappointed with a visit to this world renowned museum, or to its exhibition for 2018; Royal Women.
Onto Milsom Street
Once you’ve finished exploring the boutique shops in the upper area of the city, head down to Milsom Street and Milsom Place. This upmarket shopping area contains a fantastic mix of famous names and breakthrough brands, hot spots to eat and cool places to enjoy a cocktail. From footwear designer Chanii B and hip boot label Seven Boot Lane, to French luxury designer linen and home-wear brand Yves Delormes, and Quadri brimming with design-led quality gifts and jewellery.
Leave Milsom Place via the Broad Street exit, and right in front of you is the purple-fronted independent department store, Rossiters. Set across four floors, this Aladdin’s cave of interconnecting stairways and wood panelled rooms provide the setting for a perfectly curated selection of furniture, homewares, gifts and fashion. At the heart of the store is the kitchen department, stocking everything from practical gadgets to chinaware from British designers such as Emma Bridgewater and Burleigh. The upper floors host a range of exclusive interior brands such as Matthew Williamson’s stunning and vibrant contemporary sofas, cushions and chairs, while the store's basement houses the only outlet in the West of fashion label Winser London, so allow plenty of time to get lost in the delightful interiors.
Continue south of the city
Anthropologie, on the corner of New Bond Street, is a must for any fashion lover - the Bath store reflects the city’s rich heritage and character, showcasing a hand-picked collection of clothing, homewares and gifts as well as an exclusive-to-Bath edit of product from local artists and designers.
Stroll through quaint passageway, Northumberland Place
Walking southwards to the centre of the city to Northumberland Place, a quaint side street, you will come across independent jeweller Nicholas Wylde. Nicholas Wylde is the destination for bespoke hand-crafted jewellery in the city, whether it be a traditional engagement ring or a contemporary, individual pair of earrings for yourself. The extraordinary beautiful Wylde Flower Diamond, with its stunning sparkle, is a patented flower diamond available only from Nicholas Wylde.
A few doors down you will find Neal's Yard Remedies – the organic skincare, bath and body brand of the moment, which includes the Deliciously Ella 'Rose, Lime and Cucumber' products. If you have time for a treatment do book one in advance of your trip, as they offer over 20 different therapies from massages and facials to Homeopathy and Herbal Medicine.
Don’t miss Abbey Green
Around the corner from the Roman Baths in the heart of Bath is Abbey Green, where Waller & Wood can be found, the exclusive outlet for the unique painted clothing of textile artist Carole Waller and for beautiful stoneware ceramics by Gary Wood. Recent work by Carole includes painted clothes and scarves inspired by the Bath architecture, in celebration of 250 years of the iconic Royal Crescent.
End the day with cocktails and dinner
When you’ve finished your retail therapy for the day, head back up to Circo Bar on George Street for a cocktail or two, and rest your feet before enjoying a delicious dinner at The Circus Restaurant; an independent restaurant serving modern European food in a relaxed atmosphere, from a monthly changing menu accompanied by old-world wines.
Make a night of it
If you’re staying over for another day, not far from here is the Queensberry Hotel; a small independent hotel with all the comforts and top quality service you would expect from a Bath hotel, with gorgeous contemporary touches - the perfect city centre location for exploring the city, and right next to the Assembly Rooms.
Head home via Kilver Court
About 45 minutes south of Bath is Kilver Court Designer Outlet Village – this is well worth a visit (or even a separate day trip!) as there is so much to shop and do here. Designer labels at discounted prices include MiH Jeans, Mulberry, Penelope Chilvers, Orla Kiely, Joseph, Pringle and Margaret Howell. Enjoy the stunning three and a half acres of gardens set against a nineteenth century viaduct, and stop for lunch Sharpham Pantry Restaurant which has a delicious seasonal menu, based around the finest local ingredients the South West has to offer. Spelt harvested at their organic farm, Sharpham Park, is a basis for many of the dishes on the menu due to its health benefits, versatility and delicious taste! Look out for their Easter activities and sale offers.
If you liked this, take a look at our other blog posts for more shopping inspiration:
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> Shop Independent. Stores you won't find anywhere else
> Shop Bath’s Vintage & Artisan Trail