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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.

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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).

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sam jumping

Sam channels his inner Dick VanDyke.

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

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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! 

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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.

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

Tunbridge Wells is a dog lovers dream come true!

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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