By Rhea Cartwright
oted the best place to live in the UK in 2017, Bristol is booming now more than ever after hoards of people relocated from London during the lockdown mass exodus. Situated just an hour and 40 minutes from London Paddington or a 3-hour car journey, providing you skip rush-hour traffic, Bristol has become the ultimate destination for long weekends when you want to head out of the capital.
There’s no shortage of cool places to say but secure your Bristol bolthole with Your Apartment, a Bristol-based serviced apartments company that offer a range of comfortable locations ideal for an extended stay. With locations dotted all around the city and being able to accommodate up to 8 people, you’ll be taken care of whether you’re visiting for a half-term trip or a hen do. The Stack-approved Frederick Place is a classic Georgian townhouse (think high ceilings and lots of light), situated a short walk from the up-market area of Clifton Village. With prices starting from.
Spend the afternoon at Bristol Lido. The outdoor swimming pool is heated throughout the year and non-members can book a two-hour slot to use the facilities, which include a sauna, steam room and hot tub.
For the best of independent shops, head to Gloucester Road in the north of the city. The Bohemian shopping area has everything from interiors to wine shops, with plenty of cafés and bars for when you need a pitstop. With the whole area covered in graffiti, keep your eyes peeled for some of Banksy’s best known pieces.
If you’d rather do some exploring and enjoy a walk, visit Clifton Downs and the Observatory located next to the Suspension Bridge. Dating back to the 18th century, visit the ancient ruins that run underneath the observatory and into the Avon Gorge. Then head into Clifton Village itself to explore the antique shops.
Bristol’s food scene is thriving and caters for all palettes, dietary requirements and budgets. If you’re a pasta lover, a visit to one of the Bianchis Group restaurants is a must. With 4 spots dotted across the city, expect authentic Italian food with seasonal ingredients and a modern twist. Book a table at Pasta Ripieana for a relaxed vibe making it perfect for both a solo lunch or a cute dinner date.
For the best coffee, brunches and cakes it has to be FED. With 3 locations across the city expect everything from healthy and nourishing salads, to perfect grilled cheese sandwiches and baked goods.
In the heart of the historical harborside, you’ll find Wapping Wharf which is home to converted shipping containers that house some of the city’s best dining spots. Gambas serves stunning Spanish tapas and fresh seafood, 7LuckyGods is a vibrant Japanese whipping up some serious sushi or try Root for an elevated vegetarian-led menu that specialises in locally-sourced ingredients with not a nut roast in sight!
Look no further than Bristol for your next weekend away!
By Rhea Cartwright