With a note of Spring finally in the air, escaping on a long weekend is the perfect pick-me-up. If, however, you’re still being good and maintaining your new year’s resolutions, you might want to swap the usual cake-laden tearooms for something a little more wholesome.
Our four new beautifully illustrated wellness maps by artist Eleen Craig will help inspire a few healthy alternatives for eating, drinking and moving. They’ll also make it easy for you to locate your nearest The White Company store, so you can pop in and treat yourself to something lovely from our latest Spring collection.
The clue’s in the name with this stunning Somerset city – natural bathhouses, first built by the Romans, are still open and very popular around the city. Once you’ve explored the picturesque Georgian architecture (not forgetting a turn on the sweeping Royal Crescent) head to the Roman Baths or The Gainsborough Bath Spa for a taste of history, culture and – most importantly – some restful downtime as you soak your cares away in the steaming pools.
For a nutritious snack, stop off at Beyond The Kale on Green Park Road – an organic juice and blend bar with a range of wholefoods and fresh, organic fruit and vegetables. Tuck into a wholesome bowl of homemade butternut squash, coconut & ginger soup, vegan toasties and dairy-free cakes. Alternatively, get your afternoon-energy boost at Sam’s Kitchen, or check out their Italian and Spanish tapas, come evening.
With the River Avon circling the city, and plenty of green parkland around every bend, there are loads of places to stroll in Bath to get some gentle exercise and a real sense of the place.
The White Company, Bath: 15 Northgate Street, Bath, BA1 5AS
If you’re heading North for some of that invigorating Yorkshire air, dropping into Leeds for a day of exploring must be on your list. With museums, galleries and the canal network to wander, there’s plenty to see, do and learn in this pretty city.
For those seeking a burst of morning energy when they arrive in Leeds, head to Mrs Atha’s for the best latte in town – perfect for washing down their berry pancakes. Move on to The Tetley Contemporary Art Gallery, the Henry Moore Institute, or Roundhay Park to get the heart rate up, while also exercising the mind with wonderful art from the area.
Grab lunch from Filmore & Union for clean, unprocessed food (they also run classes from their own studio). Delicious, fresh and seasonal food is the order of the day and, run by a former wellness-clinic owner, you can assume everything that crosses your lips will nourish from the inside out.
The White Company, Leeds: Unit 4 Victoria Gate, Harewood Street, Leeds, LS2 7AR
If a weekend in the capital is on the cards this Spring, you might want to roam the beautiful area of Marylebone, near the West End. Our new two-storey flagship store is on Marylebone High Street and the other little boutiques, independent book shops (including Daunt Books) and tiny delis also make this a wonderful area to explore.
While you’re close, visit The Wallace Collection – a free classical-art gallery in Hertford House, which used to be a private aristocratic home, or the Koppel Project on Baker Street for more contemporary art installations. Once your mind is fed sufficiently, nourish your body at the barre with a ballet workout at Xtend Barre.
To recuperate afterwards, The Natural Kitchen, in the heart of Marylebone, offers detox salads, seared tuna steak and vegan nachos for hungry mouths. Alternatively, head to the Nordic Bakery for tasty treats like egg and herring on rye bread or traditional chokladboll (a mocha ball rolled in coconut).
The White Company, Marylebone: 112-114 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 4SA
The beautiful university city of Oxford is such a good choice for a Spring 2017 destination. A tour of the colleges, weaving in and out of the historic streets, is a wonderful way to spend a morning, but there’s also plenty more on offer.
The Botanic Gardens, Oxford Castle and The Ashmolean Museum offer visitors culture aplenty, and are also perfect places to take little ones, thanks to lots of hands-on features. Stretch the legs – and the mind – learning about the area’s ancient history, or discover exotic flora and fauna from around the world.
For a fun workout, go punting down the River Thames, before heading to the Oxford Covered Market, established in the 1770s. From local food and drink to arts, crafts and clothing, you can find beautifully made goods here. Move on to the award-winning Vaults and Garden Café (built in 1320), for fresh, organic and locally grown produce.
The White Company, Oxford: 7/8 Queen Street, Oxford, OX1 1EJ