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The Pantiles: First Area of Its Kind in England

As you know from my post yesterday, we went to Tunbridge Wells over the weekend. There’s a stretch of town in Tunbridge Wells called  The Pantiles. It was easily my favourite part of town in what is an exceedingly lovely town. (Although I wasn’t quite mature enough to resist making a few jokes about the name of this area…)

The Pantiles is a Georgian colonnade that ends in front of the spring that gives the town it’s name.  Along either side are coffee shops, cafes, boutiques, galleries and restuarants. Basically an all-around great place to be. Plus, on Saturdays the main promenade turns into a market for local goods.

Back when Tunbridge Wells first became popular with the upper-echelon of British society, men and women used to just walk up and down this stretch so that their outfits (and wealth) could be admired.  Whilst it’s not the same nowadays, I did have a blast walking up and down this area.

pantilespantiles clockcorn exchangeamanda jumping
Sam loves a good jumping photo and I feel the need to indulge him.

dancing in the pantiles

The aftermath of jumping. Dancing with joy!

Blazer: Joules. Shirt: Gap. Boots: DSW . Jeans: BDG. Pearls: Majorca (on sale ). Bag: Longchamp Le Pliage (on sale).

sam jumping

Sam channels his inner Dick VanDyke.

Sam wearing: Jacket: Gap. Brogues: Banana Republic. Jeans: Paul Smith. Shirt: American Eagle. Glasses: Warby Parker.

sam excited about pantilesmotrams
Mottram’s was an absolutely incredible cook shop that I couldn’t resist taking a photo of. Also I spent nearly an hour inside so I had to document it! 

masala corn exchangemusic balcony
This balcony is above the street and musicians used to be up here all day long playing music for the people who just walked back and forth.

pantiles in the rainspring
Our lovely walking tour guide telling us all about the history of Tunbridge Wells and the spring.

dogs
Tunbridge Wells is a dog lovers dream come true!

sam
Sam let me practice my headshot taking skills on him.

bandstand pic
Boots: DSW. Dress: Louche. Pearls: Majorca. Bag: Longchamp Le Pliage.


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Some of the lovely stalls during the Saturday market.

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  • Those jumping photos! Love them!

    • Hehe thank you! Well, actually you have Sam to thank for them. For some reason they are his favourite kind of photo to take and he insists on them every time! xx

  • I really like the idea of getting dressed up and walking about so people can check out my outfit, there is really very little of that in my life. Either way the name made me laugh too, especially the clock like hehe panties clock which is very juvenile!

    • I just straight up called it “the panties” the entire time. So they would walk up and down being admired and then once it began to get dark they’d go drink and dance and then go home around midnight and do it all again the next day. I think I could live like that. xx

  • Looks like just the kind of place I try to find in my travels! Can you imagine living somewhere so picture perfect and quaint? Must be a dream!

    <3 dani
    http://blog.shopdisowned.com

    • Agreed! In fact, I immediately started dreaming of living there one day…. with a little dog…perfection! xx

  • Jumping photos, with an umbrella, in a cute English town…..its just perfection πŸ™‚

  • Looks like such a lovely trip out of town πŸ™‚ Bravo on the jumping pics!

    • Ha! They are Sam’s glory not mine. Because of him we have jumping pics in quite the varied assortment of places! xx

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    I also smiled at the name Pantiles! The jumping photos are fab, you’re great at capturing a moment!

    Lots of love,

    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

  • So the Saturday was absolutely miserable, England at its worst! But then, luckily, it really cleared up on Sunday and we got to lap up the sunshine! xx

  • How cute are ya’ll?! Gorgeous photos, looks like such a fun excursion and great time together!

    http://www.hollandsreverie.blogspot.com

    • Haha, thank you! It was a really great weekend trip, and I could definitely see us going back in the future! x

  • Oh you two are too cute!! I love the jumping slash dancing in the aftermath photos! This looks like a fun and interesting outings learning all the things you did!

    • It was a really great weekend. I’m glad you appreciated all our silly as well as our actual travel ones! x

  • “(Although I wasn’t quite mature enough to resist making a few jokes about the name of this area…)” Thank God b/c I definitely felt like a pervy jerk for finding the name a wee bit funny XD. Great photos! Love the jumping and heel-clicking πŸ™‚

    • I was literally laughing at it the entire time. In fact, I straight up called it “the panties” pretty much the whole weekend. Mature level is low over here, clearly πŸ˜‰ xx

  • I’m glad to see it’s not just my husband and I who love a bit of spontaneous street dancing! Tunbridge Wells really does look gorgeous πŸ™‚

    • Spontaneous street dancing is the absolute best! It was such a cute place to go for a weekend away! x

  • Ashley Angle

    Love you jumping pictures. Sam is very stylish! I would love that town because it’s so dog friendsly!
    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

    • It’s so dog friendly! All the little cafes have spots for dogs outside and bowls of water, etc. Plus one of the market stalls just did god friendly cookies. Sam is very stylish, i’m a lucky lady! Although sometimes he gets a push in the right direction from me πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Rachael A

    I was born in Tunbridge wells and my Dad grew up in the flat above the awesome cook shop – wasn’t an awesome cook shop at the time though! I love The Pantiles too, one of my favourite places in Tunbridge Wells. Did you try the spring water? It’s not great! Love the post and the photos are great!

    • Thank you so much! I didn’t get to try the spring water, and tragically no one could! I guess since about Jan last year the Spring stopped flowing. They think it’s due to construction on a new hotel across the street, that when the hotel was digging the basement they alters the flow of the spring. Which I think is a huge travesty. I guess everyone’s keeping their fingers crossed that once the construction stops the spring will start flowing again! x

  • For some reason I kept reading Pantiles as “panties!” Haha. I love a good jumping photo. It looks like a great afternoon!

    • I called it the “panties” the entire time I was there. Haha it’s a shame such a lovely place has such a laughable name, although maybe we are just less mature than most! x

  • Marielle

    I love your Mary Poppins jumping photo!

  • Ya know what, I wish the wealthy still had the need to parade down the street in their outfits. I’d so love to just eat croissants and coo over their Prada bags. Haha, this place looks LOVELY, I absolutely love the photos you captured of it. Especially the ones of you two jumping πŸ™‚

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

    • Thank you so much Marlen! I think I’d love it if people paraded their wealth like that too! It’d be a cross between a reality tv programme and a runway show – definitely entertaining! x

  • Fantastic photos! I love Tunbridge Wells, was lucky enough to live close enough to visit a fair bit back when I lived in London!

    • Thanks so much, Jade! We live in SE London, so the commute to Tunbridge wasn’t bad at all. About an hour on the train?! It takes more time to get to the other side of London than that! Did you usually stay overnight or make it a day trip? x

      • I lived in Lewisham and we had a car so as long as we didn’t leave around heavy traffic times on the weekends, it was only about 40 mins or so down there. Never stayed overnight but I wish I had as there are some amazing hotels there apparently.

  • Kim

    Love your outfit and the jumping photos! πŸ™‚

  • Haha that doesn’t make you a bad blogger, just a regular person! (I forget my cameral all the time!) There must be some absolutely amazing small towns in France, but I’ve only ever spent time in Paris. (Of course, I’m basing this on Beauty & the Beast so Disney could be lying to me.) xx

  • The jumping photos are classic! xx

  • Julie @ Artwork by JM

    haha LOVE the jumping photos….especially the celebratory dance photo afterwards! lol You guys are so cute

    • Haha, thank you so much! We walk the find line between cute and gross, I suspect! x

      • Julie @ Artwork by JM

        That’s the best way to be though! My husband and I are still like that after 6 years. haha!

  • I read the title as panti-less. I clearly can’t read. I’m in awe of your awesome jumping photo skills.

    • I pretty much just called it the “panties” all weekend so…… πŸ˜‰ And thank you! x

  • 1. I want to live there.
    2. You take the best jumping pictures! πŸ™‚

  • In my bloglovin’ feed I kept reading this as Panties, so I’m so glad that you made a joke about it at the beginning of this post. That looks like such a lovely town despite its funny name.

    • Hahah that’s definitely what I called it the entire time! Luckily Sam found it hilarious as well, so it wasn’t just me being immature. x

  • what a charming little town – the photos are so pretty and fun. love your outfits πŸ™‚

  • you guys are the absolute cutest.

    • And the grossest! Just kidding – that award goes to a couple that I saw on the tube today that were french kissing but without their lips really touching so it was all tongues and 100% gross. Too much PDA for me to handle! x

  • Is it wrong that both times I’ve scrolled past this post on Bloglovin’ I’ve giggled immaturely thinking it said Panties: The Area of ..etc. I’m such a child, I know.
    Sam always takes such great photos of you! I’m jealous because I never have a good ME picture to use as a button or for my profile.. You have zillions!

    • I think that’s totally acceptable to be immature while reading it, because I was straight up calling it “The panties” while I was there. And thank you – I’ll pass that compliment along to Sam. He’s been talking for awhile about doing headshots as his non-acting job instead of working in an office (like he currently does). It’s just the upfront cost of having to buy specific camera lenses, etc etc that goes along with it (that we don’t have money for right now) that keeps him from it. xx

  • I’ve never been here before, and your photos have completely sold it to me! I’d love to go to one of those tea shops and sit there all afternoon!

    • We went into one to escape the rain for a little awhile and I had the most decadent, rich chocolate that I’ve ever had in my life. The town is so sweet! x