My Bath: Alison Levy . . . best view is right out of my window
Visitor information centre information assistant Alison Levy answers the questions in our My Bath feature
What's your favourite part of Bath?
Lansdown Crescent, with all its original features including the sheep on the lawn – just as it would have been in the 18th century. It's an area of Bath where nothing has changed. Walking along there during the day, you are transported back in time, while at night, you can simply sit on a bench and contemplate the stillness and the wonderful view of the twinkling lights in front of you.
Where's the best place to eat?
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That's a difficult one as I love eating out and do it as often as I can. But if I had to choose one place, it would be Aqua in Walcot Street for Sunday lunch. The setting is unique in that it is in a converted chapel in Bath's artisan area. The staff are so welcoming and it is spacious with great decor. It's also a great place for parties in the evening.
What's the best view in the city?
I have the advantage of being able to go up to the first floor of Bath Tourism Plus and look out across Abbey Church Yard. Here on a cold winter's day you can watch the steam rise out of the Roman Baths and of course during December, the same view of the Christmas Market takes in the Christmas lights and chalets and shows people soaking up the atmosphere. It makes me proud to live and work in Bath.
What would your perfect day in Bath entail?
It would start with a mid-morning swim at The Bath Priory hotel Garden Spa, relaxing in the sauna or steam room and chatting to friends, or if it was during the summer, in their outdoor pool. I would stay there all day relaxing in the sun pretending I was on holiday. Then I may meet friends at the Society Cafe in town for a catch-up. They do really lovely cappuccinos and it's quirky and welcomes adults and mums with kids. If I have enough time I would go for a walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal or take a boat trip up river on the Pulteney Princess, getting off at Bathampton Mill for a well-deserved glass of wine and a sit in the sunshine watching the world go by.
If I still had energy in the evening I may have a quick drink with friends at Chequers in Rivers Street and finish off the night partying and dancing at Mandalyns in Lower Lansdown with friends.
Where would you meet friends for a drink?
On a hot summer's day there is no better place than at Circo, in South Parade. It's one of Bath's hidden suntraps. On a Saturday you can watch the weddings take place in St John's Church and see the hen and stag groups walking up and down the street in various costumes and the visitors sitting on the top of the packed open top buses. They do a good pizza there, too. It was a favourite of mine and my late partner Ronnie's.
What's your favourite shop?
I like Heaven's Bazaar in Margaret's Buildings where stylish, vintage clothing and accessories are placed in a wonderful setting. Jo's customers all become friends and many would work there for free just to gaze at the merchandise and be part of the experience.
What one thing about Bath would you change?
I would like to see more people using The Bath Oliver – www.bathmoney.org. In Bath we need to get more local independent businesses to sign up and accept the local currency so that locals and visitors alike boost the local economy. We have a unique city and hopefully by supporting our independents, it can stay that way.
â This week is English Tourism Week – more details at www.visitengland.org.
â Next week: Bath Abbey rector the Rev Edward Mason.
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