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A day trip to Bath


My sister moved to Australia about a year ago and my parents have lived in South Africa on-and-off for the past ten years, so it’s not very often the girls in the family get together for a day out. Today was one of those days, so we met in Bath for a day of shopping in the sunshine and afternoon tea.

Bath is just 1.5hrs from London by train, so I really don’t know why I don’t spend more time there. I went recently for my friend’s hen weekend, and it seems to have started something of a love affair. I arrived in the city this morning – having left London earlier than I would for a day at work – so headed straight for caffiene and down time at Jika Jika, a cute little cafe opposite Bath Spa station that gets 10 points for atmosphere and, like, 2 points for its hot chocolate and its lack of loo. (I mainly rate places by their toilets – sorry.)

Bath My mum’s on the hunt for a new dress, she has a black tie charity function thing to go to and has to look her very best kind of amazing, so the three of us shopped up and down Bath High Street like the old days – and watched people enjoy being covered in pigeons. Weird.

Bath pigeon woman

I was slightly nervous about today. My neck, back and arms have been crazy sore this week – hence the delayed blog post – but luckily my mum and sister love to try clothes on which means I get regular breaks in fitting rooms in between wandering around the shops. Plus, I had (obviously) pre-planned a lunch date at The Pump Room, part of the well-known traditional roman baths and oh my wow. Yum.

The restaurant is quaint, beautiful and the perfect place for ladies who lunch. It even had a pianist in black tie who played stunning classical music – and may have brought a tear to our eyes. We got over it by taking photos and eating cake.

Long bob

Bath - The Pump Room

Afternoon tea, The Pump Room, BathThe traditional afternoon tea includes sandwiches, cheese scones, salmon mousse, and fruit scones with jam and clotted cream. Plus, obviously, all the tea you can drink. And I can drink a lot.

Afternoon tea at The Pump Room, Bath

Afternoon tea at The Pump Room, Bath

Afternoon tea at The Pump Room, Bath

Afternoon tea at The Pump Room, Bath

Bath is such a beautiful city with so much character, and The Pump Room was the perfect place for catch ups and indulgence. I recommend you go. Seriously, go.


Bath Bath

And, after a bit more shopping (where I purchased this beautiful pleated midi skirt) I headed home. Home to rest, eat pizza and search for houses to buy in Bath. Standard.



Hen weekend in Bath
Hen weekend in Bath
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A weekend in Norwich
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A weekend in Jersey

6 comments on “A day trip to Bath

  1. I too can seriously recommend Bath as day out /a holiday /or even a place to start house hunting!!

  2. Really lovely photos! It’s always nice to have a day with the girls especially if they’re family that you don’t see every day. 🙂

  3. The afternoon tea looked delicious! I’ve never been to Bath, I didn’t realise how close it is to London! Will definitely have to venture out!

  4. Yes, Bath is a very beautiful city, my daughter was at Bath Spa university a few years ago and i use to visit as much as i could, i loved it.

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