Recently I rather excitingly purchased my first flat so of course I had to have a little shindig to make it official. Some of my university friends came down from London, Leighton Buzzard and Lincoln and having spent the entire three years bleating on relentlessly about how amazing Bristol is, I felt a pressure for it to live up to the hype I’d created for it!
I feel passionately about my city and can’t see why anybody would think that Bristol is anything other than an absolute delight – of course there is some bad that inevitably comes with the good however on balance, I’d say Bristol is one of the best UK cities to live in. Let me convince you… This won’t take long.
A main route into the central area that I take from my flat is down Gloucester Road and through Stokes Croft so even driving back from the train station to pick my friends up was a tour in itself. For those who may not know, Stokes Croft has emerged in recent years as the new artistic, bohemian quarter after a slight regeneration which brought several new cafes and clothing shops to the area. It is of course home to the famous ‘Mild, mild West‘ Banksy and countless other pieces of political and insanely creative pieces of street art. So, on our first full day in the city, a walk through here was obligatory.
After this, we were unfortunately hit with an afternoon of bleak downpours but fear not! We sought refuge in the M-Shed and took a peek at their most recent exhibition, Briswool which gave a more accurate view of Bristol than I could ever describe with words. The giant, 3D knitted version was a quirky, unconventional but absolutely awe-inspiring representation of this glorious city.
The following day we headed to the crème de la crème of Bristol – the magnificent Clifton Suspension Bridge. Even though I drive under it every day on my way to work, each time I walk over the bridge I always feel so lucky to live here.
On the journey, we headed past several other points of beauty such as the Downs (pictured below) and the Floating Harbour area. As I went to school a stone’s throw from the harbour side, this central area feels like a home from home and I am always to proud to show visiting friends around, as Bristol has such variety and there’s never enough time in one weekend to show everything that I’d like to!
We also stopped for an obligatory tipple of cider at The Stable. This is one of my favourite bars in the city, everything from the location and ambience to the food and drink selection. It’s got such a relaxed atmosphere and the interior is really cool – exposed brick and pipe work along with the communal seating gives this space a sense of individuality and identity. Sitting outside by the river on a glorious day is, in my opinion, a pretty perfect way to spend the evening.
So that is my whistle stop tour of Bristol completed, but there is so much more to see! Until next time…
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