A recent trip to the ever picturesque Bath was, of course, an opportunity to try the renowned spa, seek out good English pub food, and revel in its abundance of independent shops.
+ INDEPENDENT SPIRIT TERRACE WALK, BA1 1LN
Due to my boyfriend's love of beer (and beer labels), if there's ever an independent retailer or microbrewery in the vicinity, consider us interested. Independent Spirit stocks a wide range of beers, wines, spirits, champagnes and cocktail equipment packed in to a compact store across two floors. Not to mention the beautiful calligraphic logo adorning the windows.
+ STAG NORTH PARADE, BA1 1LF
An indie that's more Pinterest worthy, than floor to ceiling Cath Kidston. Ran by two friends, they stock most items from Robert Frederick (next door), while sourcing other brands elsewhere. I picked up two letterpress cards from the Archivist Press.
+ FOUND ARGYLE ST, BA2 4BQ
After reading Tamira's post, we kept an eye out for Found boutique, but it was closed on both days we were visiting. Nevertheless, from the photos and their website, I'd guess it's still worth a peek; find her post here: The Guilty Girl: Found, Bath.
+ THERMAE BATH SPA THE HETLING PUMP ROOM, HOT BATH ST, BA1 1SJ
Not an independent, but if you're looking to treat yourself - a must-do. An open-air rooftop pool overlooking the city. Aroma steam rooms. Need I say more? NB: the gift shop was a bit hit and miss, unless you're looking to indulge in Aromatherapy Associates.
Further reading: Cereal's Bath City Guide
Found boutique photo credit: foundbath.co.uk