Where to stay, eat and spa

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  • The historic city of Bath is one of the liveliest in the UK, offering everything from great food to hotels and of course, those thermal baths. Plus, it’s a short train ride from London. Here’s everything you need to know if you want to spend the weekend in Bath.

    Where to stay

    If you want to be in the heart of it all, you won’t find a better hotel than No. 15 – but don’t worry, it’s tucked away on a large but quiet side street so you can enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.

    Drawing inspiration from its Regency surroundings, this decadent boutique hotel blends historic details with eye-catching artwork and plush furnishings. Each of its 36 rooms is completely unique, and whether cozy or grand, they feel luxurious and put a smile on your face thanks to thoughtful touches like tea amenities inside the dollhouses and bathrooms. marble baths. We also love the little extension in the form of our pantry full of free treats.

    Rates for #15 by GuestHouseBath from £162 room only.

    Where to eat

    If you are already staying at No. 15, it would be a shame not to taste the tasty dishes of their Restaurant. Chefs source ingredients responsibly, seasonally and, where possible, locally. Buxton Butchers sources the meat from traditional British breeds raised sustainably. Local family-run grocers, Lovejoys, stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables. When it comes to bread and pastries, it doesn’t get any better than Bath’s beloved institution, Bertinet Bakery. The results are more indulgent dishes such as Heritage Carrots, Pistachio, Sheep’s Curd, Pomegranate, Rose Vinaigrette, Confit Pork Belly, Crackers, Somerset Cider Pickled Radish, Cauliflower and Bakewell Cherry Pie with Cherry Sorbet .

    If you’re looking for a delicious roast, head straight for the hare and dogswhich offer stunning views of the city, as well as huge Yorkshire puddings.

    Where to have a spa

    You simply shouldn’t go to Bath if you’re not going to visit its iconic Thermes Spa, which is the only day spa using the city’s natural springs. Bath’s hot springs, from which the town takes its name, are a wonderful natural resource that provide over a million liters of mineral-rich water every day. Unique in the UK, the mineral water is hot. The water fell as rain about 10,000 years ago and then flowed to a depth of about 2 km below the earth’s surface.

    For just £38 per person you can access the spa facilities for two hours. These include steam rooms, an ice room, a celestial relaxation room, experience showers and our personal highlight, the rooftop hot pool which offers breathtaking views of the city’s historic buildings. You can also book treatments such as facials and massages, although these are of course at an additional cost. While you can usually walk around any time of the week, it’s a good idea to book ahead on the weekends.

    What to do

    Spa aside, there’s so much to do in Bath, whether you like shopping (the independent shops here are amazing) or historical attractions. Some suggestions include: Prior Park Gardens, Bath Abbey, Fashion Museum, Roman Baths, Royal Crescent Hotel and Bridgerton Walking Tour.

    Richard F. Gandhi