Team Cath Kidston in Leamington Spa is so keen to help win our latest competition for their town, they’ve given us a city guide to sway your vote. With Shakespeare, a pug-themed pub and a bar with chairs on the ceiling, do you think Leamington Spa has what it takes to feature in our next design? Cast your vote before 9th March.
Where would you go in Leamington…
…in your dancing shoes?
The Assembly is great for a dance, but if you’re looking for something quirky, then try Moo Bar (below) – it has a great ’80s/’90s vibe and the furniture is on the ceiling. Need we say more?
…to shop ’til you drop?
The Royal Priors is the main shopping hub (it’s where you’ll find us). Venture out onto the Parade (below) or Regent Street and you’ll find plenty of your high street favourites as well as really unique boutiques.
…to brush up on your local history?
Discover all things historical about Leamington Spa at the Royal Pump Rooms. Or head just 10 minutes out of town and explore the jaw-dropping history of Warwick Castle (below). While you’re out and about, don’t forget to stop at Stratford-upon-Avon - as well as its world-renowned literary connection, it’s great for shopping too.
…with the kids?
Jephson Gardens (below) is a beautiful place for a family stroll, kick-about or a picnic (when the weather picks up!)
…on date night?
Leif Tearooms & Piano Bar is a must-see. As the day draws in, lunch and afternoon tea turn into an evening full of sophisticated cocktails accompanied by the resident pianist.
…with Mum & Dad for Sunday lunch?
For a cosy, slightly eccentric Sunday lunch, head to The Fat Pug (below). It’s all in the name – a pub full of pug memorabilia. A pub of pugs. A pug pub. You get the idea…
…to catch a bit of culture?
Leamington in full of creativity so there are all sorts of exhibitions and productions going on all year round. Try the open-air theatres and film screenings held in Warwick and Stratford – or, if the weather’s against it, you can’t beat a trip to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
…for brunch with the girls?
The Duke is a great British pub with a few twists. It is perfect for brunch, dinner and drinks. In the summer you can’t beat their brightly-coloured terrace to celebrate any occasion.
…for a leafy weekend walk?
Leamington has loads of old-fashioned parks that look like they belong on the set of Upstairs Downstairs so if the weather is on your side, we’d recommend walking out to the surrounding villages or head further out to the imposing ruins of Kenilworth Castle.
With a great big thank you to Hattie Fellowes and Chloe Ely for our photo tour of their city.
HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE YOUR TOWN?
You might have noticed that we’re giving you the chance to WIN a money-can’t-buy Cath Kidston prize. Just as Brighton has inspired our Brighten Up print this spring, we’re on the hunt for the next best British town to star in their very own Cath Kidston artwork.
If you think your town deserves to win, cast your vote here before 9th March.