We have been excited for a long long time about the arrival of Anthropologie in our neighbouring city, Bath. Having spent an embarrassing amount of hours pouring over the website and making all too brief dashes into their London shops it is a welcome change to know that they are nice and close by. This, their fifth UK shop, is their first outside of the capital!
*Correction* They already have stores in Edinburgh and Guildford.
We joined a similarly excitable bunch of press and bloggers at their opening breakfast. Yes, breakfast. I’m not sure there are many shops that would convince the two of us to set our alarms for 7am on our day off but this is one of them! But hey, what a breakfast it was! Provided by Sam’s Kitchen, we were well and truly spoiled by a never-ending supply of coffee, fresh juices, pastries and the most delicious fruit pots. It definitely made up for the early start!
And what of the shop? It’s gorgeous, naturally. Occupying what used to be Habitat, the large, light space is simply perfect for a shop like Anthropologie and they have sensibly kept most of the original layout. Split over two floors, there’s just so much pretty to look at! The staff were all lovely too with a special mention to Claire who so kindly stored our huge backpacks (we were heading straight to Manchester) for us whilst we looked around.
Anthropologie are obviously embracing their new digs as they haven’t wasted any time in forming relationships with local artists, including the lovely Alice Shields, and are also collaborating with students at Bath Spa University.
Judging by the huge queue forming outside before the doors were opened to the general public, it’s going to be a big hit with the locals (and the nearly locals) and quite rightly so.