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Escape the Crowds - Go to Bath Featured

Escape the fashion week crowds and head to Bath.

by Angelina Hazzouri

Fashion week can be exhausting. Though it's exciting, you might want to get out of London for a day this week. 

DO

Thermae Bath Spa

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On your trip to Bath, you're going to want to go to Britain's only thermal bath spa. Experience a spa day in the mineral-rich waters at Thermae Bath Spa, where you can enjoy relaxing spa treatments while taking in the history of bathing the way the Celts and Romans did. Choose from a range of spa treatments to soothe the body and mind, and enjoy Thermae's open-air rooftop pool during the day and into the night.

The Victoria Art Gallery

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Located in the centre of Bath, the Victoria Art Gallery, is home to collections of exceptional works, ranging from classical paintings of oil on canvas to a newer exhibition of art made strictly from paper. Here you can enjoy private tours, and they even offer a behind-the-scenes look at the permanent collection housed in their art stores. Admission to the gallery is free, so no matter what your plans are for the day, take an opportunity to roam into the Victoria Art Gallery whenever you get the chance.

Walk the Royal Crescent

Sweeping the city with a beautiful architectural half-moon is the Royal Crescent, a row of 30 terraced Georgian-style houses. Designed by architect John Wood and built between 1767 and 1774, it is among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom, and many famous and notable people have stayed here. Since it's now occupied by the Royal Crescent Hotel, you too can become one of those notable people who stays there...

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DINE

Hare & Hounds

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For light bites and faboulous food, Hare & Hounds is an indoor-outdoor gastropub with locally-sourced fare. Come here for the food, but stay for the views, as Hare & Hounds sits on a hill overlooking the Bath countryside. You can even sign up to do a "pub walk" in which you'll be taken on a walking tour throughout Bath so you can work up an appetite to enjoy your time at Hare & Hounds even more.

The King William

If it's been around for over 150 years, it must be good. The King William is a refurbished pub in the heart of Bath that has been a jewel of the city for over a century. When we say pub, we actually mean award-winning restaurant. Here you can choose off a seasonal à-la-carte menu, the equally-delicious bar menu or even a Sunday lunch tasting menu if you're lucky enough to be visiting on a Sunday. Owners Charlie and Amanda Digney will make sure you enjoy your time here, no matter which menu you're choosing from.

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Same Same But Different 

Same Same But Different from the other two restaurants, you're going to want to come here with an appetite. Open for over a decade, SSBD is a well-respected resturant & café located right in the centre of Bath. The meaning behind the name is that although the restaurant is similar to others in Bath, the family-run business wants its customers to see the passion behind the food they create. Enjoy artisan sandwiches served on fresh bakery bread, homemade cakes served warm out of the oven, and organic coffee made by their baristas.

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SPEND

Grace & Mabel

For a pleasant shopping experience in a luxury boutique, Grace & Mabel brings you its second store right on Broad Street in Bath. Choose from a plethora of designers and brands of clothing, accessories and lifestyle goods. One of the West’s most distinctive shopping destinations, Grace & Madel offers pieces that have been individually handpicked from the world’s top designers. You'll be surprised what you find here.

Walcot Street

For bohemian street market shopping, Walcot Street is your destination. Here you'll find a diverse selection of goodies from small stalls to boutiques, selling everything from old books to designer refrigerators. Come for the flea market on Saturdays, the best time to find hidden treasures. If that friend of yours from home told you half-jokingly to bring something back for them from Bath, you'll find it on Walcot Street.

Margaret's Buildings

Crammed with all sorts of charming boutiques and restaurants, Margaret's Buildings are right near the Royal Crescent, a perfect option for shopping after your relaxing walk. Saunter through this area as you look at the architecture of the apartments and wistfully pop in and out of the unique boutiques they have to offer on the ground floors. 

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For more ideas on Do, Dine and Spend, visit our Destinations page.