Saturday, 7 January 2017

Photo Diary & Guide To Bristol

Bristol is one of my favourite cities in England, it's so diverse and there's something for everyone. I lived there for three years whilst I was at university and I also have family there so have been visiting regularly from a young age and still find new places and things to do every time I go. When the opportunity arose to team up with PegasusLife* to talk about some of my favourite things to do in Bristol, I jumped at the chance to share my photo diary from a recent visit and of course my favourite hang-outs in the city.

PegasusLife builds and manages retirement homes with a difference. One of the latest additions to their portfolio, due for completion in 2019, is The Vincent. Situated just off the popular White Ladies Road, in the Redlands area, The Vincent will be compromised of 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments. The complex, whose buildings are inspired by local heritage sites, include a cafe, gym, spa and outdoor eating area to allow for al fresco dining. PegasusLife's goal is to change how people think about getting old and their living spaces aim to improve the health and social lives of their residents. I, for one, think Bristol is the perfect location for this with a plethora of restaurants, shops, museums, a theatre, live music venues as well as parks and greenery all within close proximity.
One of my favourite areas of Bristol is Queen's Road/Park Street and The Triangle. It's a popular go-to for food and shopping, slightly away from the city centre and Cabot Circus, the main shopping centre. This strip houses some amazing independent businesses from trainer Mecca, Cooshti and Rise Music record store to Rocatillo's, a cute American diner (try their Ben and Jerry's Baked Alaska milkshake) and not forgetting Illusions, a magic-themed cocktail bar, featuring magicians performing tricks before your eyes. Recent additions to this area include authentic Mexican Street food chain, Wahaca and is definitely worth checking out. Plus, there's a Space Nk for any high-end beauty lovers.
If the hustle and bustle of the city isn't for you, fear not as there are quieter and more scenic options to scout out. A firm favourite of mine is strolling through the picturesque Clifton Village to the famous Suspension Bridge. From here, you can take a walking tour or take in the incredible panoramic views of the Avon Gorge over a pint at the White Lion Bar. Don't worry if it's cold or wet as the interior of the bar is pretty cool as well. We stopped for a quick snack on our most recent visit and can confirm their chips are delicious and ridiculously fluffy.
Bristol has a buzzing music scene and many live music venues - the O2 Academy, Lakota, The Fleece, The Trinity Centre and Colston Hall to name just a handful. My top pick has to be the Thekla, a boat which is permanently moored at the Mud Docks by the harbour and is a great spot to see up-and-coming acts live. I saw the likes of Jessie J here before she blew up to stadium-sized sell-out shows. The venue also doubles up as a club with Pressure, their alt/indie night every Thursday - a big hit with students.
Other Things to Do and Dates to Remember:

Gloucester Road - Rumoured to be home to more independant businesses than any other road in the country, Gloucester Road is great as you can find something a bit different - Carribean, vegan/veggie only and Turkish food outlets, for example.
Street Art Walking Tour - An opportunity to see some fab graffiti and learn about Banksy's life and work for under £10.
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta - Running in August annually, this festival makes for a great day out for all ages.
Summer Series - Taking place at the Harbourside, the summer series has seen some chart-topping acts grace it's stage including James Bay.
Pieminister - Pieminister pies are probably Bristol's most famous by-product! Offering a wide selection of meat or veggie pies, there's several branches of restaurant and cafe appearing around the city so be sure to check them out.

*Written in collaboration with Pegasus. Content and views my own. Some photos taken by Juan.

What are your favourite things to do in Bristol?

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