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The ingredients that make Bath so special (and the reasons Londoners can't stay away)

It seems that Londoners are flocking to Bath in their droves. Locals are torn between divulging the best artisan coffee and patisserie and wanting to keep the place to themselves, lest the rest of the world discover just how special this architectural treasure is.

It seems that Londoners are flocking to Bath in their droves. Locals are torn between divulging the best artisan coffee and patisserie and wanting to keep the place to themselves, lest the rest of the world discover just how special this architectural treasure is. 
 

Those wanting a cosmopolitan lifestyle won’t be disappointed. New cocktail bars Confessional and The Dark Horse understand that these punters want more than an elderflower and cucumber twist with their choice of the hard stuff. One can live in Bath for years and discover new restaurants and independent boutiques to get excited about. Creativity flourishes with floristry, bread making and ceramics on hand to feast the senses.



Foodie Bugle on Margaret's Buildings offers mouthwatering delicacies

 

A weekend stroll will take you to farmers’ markets, brimming with olives, green juice and locally grown veg.  You’re never far from parks, woodland or National Trust fields for dog walking and taking in the views. Alexandra Park is known for its aerial view over Bath and the Skyline walk shows Bath from above at different angles – walking boots essential for the latter.
 

Those living in Bath are exceptionally blessed with the choice of schools. Charlotte Obolensky, Bath Educational Consultant and Good Schools Guide contributor, reckons there is remarkable provision in Bath - something for everybody, from ‘outstanding-graded primaries to one of the most academic schools in the country and everything in between. Co-ed/single sex, state/independent, boarding/day, selective/ non-selective – Bath has the lot’, she says, many of which are included in the Good Schools Guide.
 

Christopher Baker, Director at Winkworth Bath says ‘people relocating from London now make up the largest proportion of applicants registering for property to buy in Bath. The general theme from buyers is that they have enjoyed significant house price growth over the last few years and believe that London prices will plateau for the next few years, therefore now is the perfect time to capitalise on all the equity made.’ Christopher adds ‘Due to the electrification of the mainline railway into London or connecting to Crossrail from Reading, Bath will effectively become an hour’s commute i.e. the Holy Grail for those wanting to live in the country and remain working in London’.

 Patisserie, freshly baked bread and your cup of Joe courtesy of Bath's Foodie Bugle


Culture vultures will be sated with the variety the arts scene offers. Grayson Perry’s tapestry exhibition opens at The Victoria Art Gallery from Sat 9th January and the BRLSI offers a wide range of talks, from Austen and Architecture to Star Formation. Independent book shops abound, all clamouring for the biggest literary names and foodie favourites to speak at their events. Bath houses literary, fashion and film festivals and two excellent universities, not to mention the close proximity to Bristol for bigger department stores and a more urban vibe.

 

Bike rides along the canal and via the Two Tunnels lead to quintessential country villages with charming tearooms. Bradford on Avon, Lacock and Castle Combe are a few of many villages which are steeped in history and feature in many films as a historic backdrop. If you prefer to have a sit down, the Bath Rugby team are celebrities in their own right and the theatres and independent cinema have an excellent schedule to cater for all tastes.

The Bridge Tea Rooms, circa 1675, a Bradford on Avon delight

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