Where the past meets the present
The Corridor has been a prime destination for shoppers in the South West of England ever since the arcade was opened on 12 October 1825.
Now, in its 197th year of trading, we take a look at the history behind one of Bath's hidden gem and highlight some of today’s retailers that can help make The Corridor your one-stop destination this Christmas.
One of the world’s first retail arcades, The Corridor is a showcase for the renowned architect Henry Goodridge’s neo-classical influences, which exist to this day. The Grade II listed arcade still features a Doric colonnade and arch with marble columns at the High Street end. A glance up reveals a musician’s gallery with a wrought iron balustrade and gilt lion’s heads and garlands in the centre of the arcade topped with a beautiful glass roof, making it one of the most attractive of its kind and a destination in its own right.
Steeped in history, The Corridor has had its fair share of famous traders such as J Breeze Esq, a Hire Cutter and Perfumer at No 4 back in 1849. The Corridor placed an advert in the Bath Directory informing the “Gentry, notability and public in general” of his “many years of study and experience into the invention of Hair Dye which effectually changes red or grey hair in a few minutes to a beautiful black or brown and is warranted to stand in any climate”.
In 1875, you would have found at No 7 The Corridor, the photographic studio of William Friese-Greene. A Bristolian by birth, Friese-Greene began work with John Arthur Roebuck Rudge to develop the “Chronophotographic camera which was able to take up to ten photographs per second using perforate celluloid film.
Over the years, The Corridor has been home to a variety of stores, a mix which continues to the present day with a wide range of high quality outlets, from recognised brands to independent retailers.
If you are ever wandering through the arcade, think of the history, think of Henry Goodridge and most importantly stop and have a look at what’s on offer to keep The Corridor thriving for another 197 years.
Here, we take a look at each current incumbent and find out how they can help find the perfect gift this Christmas.
C The World
Tel: 01225 418100
C The World is an established Independent Travel Agent with two other brances in Bristol and South Gloucester. The Bath office is headed up by Bathonions Steve Giles and Julie Pymm who between them have over 60 years experience in the travel industry. They have travelled extensively and love nothing more than to chat travel while browsing a map with a cup of coffee.
C The World is nothing like a typical high street travel agent - you only need to pop into our branch to see this! We are totally independent which means we offer free, unbiased advice on any destination. C The World works hard to build relationships because the better we know our clients,
the better positioned we are to create their perfect holidays.
Tel: 01225 426635
The Cornish Bakehouse is the place to find award winning pasties in Bath. They believe in using only the finest natural produce and the expert team in St Ives are well versed in what makes a truly authentic Cornish pasty.
The pasties are hand-made in Cornwall, everyday and freshly baked in our kitchens, so you can enjoy a real taste of Cornwall wherever you are. From Beef & Stilton, Cheese & Bacon, Spicy Chicken Curry, Pork & Apple to delicious vegetarian options like Spicy Veg, Cheese & Mushroom and Wholemeal Veg - there's a tasty option for everyone!
And if that doesn't tempt you there's a wide selection of fresh sandwiches, cakes, pizzas, pastries and paninis.
Tel: 01225 287326
Traditional Turkish Barbers specialising in pattern haircuts and hot towel shaves.
We offer best haircuts and Turkish Shave of all sorts in Bath. But our specialty is the proper Hot Towel Shave. You are in very good hands.
We provide the best barber services in town.
We will be happy to answer your inquiries. call us 01225287326.
Fox and Kit Cafe
Tel: 01225 282424
Whether you're only a few weeks into this parenting lark or you've been handling phonics homework for years, your arms likely need a bit of a rest and you probably need a coffee!
And all of this in a space designed with a cosy Scandi vibe inviting to grown ups and little ones alike. Our goal at Fox & Kit is to create a well designed practical space for people who happen to be parents and caregivers to come and hang out, connect with each other...and indulge in some really great cake.
Think lovely age appropriate toys & books, all of the practicalities like feeding and changing taken care of easily with top notch facilities, and a nutritious and delicious menu for all ages, weaning stages & fusspot levels.
Tel: 01225 462555
A specialist running store launched in July 2004, Running Bath have quickly become established as one of the UK's leading running retailers. Anyone who enjoys running, whether as a novice or a professional, will appreciate how important it is to wear the correct running shoes.
Using the footscan gait analysis system and with a background in sports therapy and personal training, the friendly professional staff will assist you in choosing your next pair of running shoes. In addition to a wide range of footwear, they also offer technical running apparel, accessories and nutritional products.
Tel: 01225 317149
Route One is a multi-channel, multi-brand fashion retailer based in the West of England.
Established in 1989, the company came from humble beginnings. It was formed by two entrepreneurs, who had become disillusioned with London city life and decided to get out, before they burnt out. They headed West and set up a warehouse in a terraced house in Southville Bristol, distributing action sports equipment.
They branched out into retail and after several false starts, the first Route One was opened in Bath. It combined an eclectic mix of action sports, gadgets, footwear and apparel.
The name 'Route One' came from their commitment to sourcing products direct from the USA, Europe and the Far East. Searching out the best products from around the world and getting it into Route One stores, before other retailers, using the fastest ’route’ possible. They made over 100 trips abroad, bringing back the latest labels and trends from around the world. This remains their philosophy and commitment still to this day.
Tel: 01225 442 433
Society Cafe is designed with all of us in mind. Come and park your bike, buggy or dog. Come with your friends, to maybe make some new ones or come alone for some solitude and people-watching.
While away the hours and drink some perfectly prepared coffee, enjoy an exquisite tea or a luxury hot chocolate made from chunks of the real thing. They also have a variety of delicious cakes, pastries, freshly prepared sandwiches and healthy treats for children. If you feel like it, you could also feed
your mind - art house books and magazines, exhibitions, from time to time they welcome artists in residence and for children there is a creative space designed to get ideas going (giving Mum and Dad a chance to collapse into a sofa and relax!
Tel: 0333 006 3262
Sofa.com have all sorts of styles available, from mid-century marvels and charming traditional designs to more contemporary creations. Relax on a lovely corner sofa or take the weight off your feet with a super comfy chaise.
Whatever you’re looking for, we're sure you will find your perfect match. If you really want to push the boat out, there are also custom fabrics by everyone from Ralph Lauren to Designers Guild.
Tel: 01225 334012
Timpson is the country's leading one stop for shoe-mending as well as an extensive range of shoe-care products, trophies and the latest in key-cutting and engraving.
Loqum Bathzaar Ltd
Tel: 07951 314747
Loqum, known as Turkish Delight, is one of the most delectable sweets in the world. With being its only kind of a shop in England, Loqum Bathzaar offers the greatest tastes in Turkish Delights and Baklava. You can also enjoy a cup of Turkish and Ottoman Coffee along with many Tea selections. The artisan Chocolates, Fudge and Gifts in store just adds on to the richness. With so much to offer, Loqum Bathzaar or also known as The Sweet Taste of Bath is a shop in The Corridor not to be missed.
Tel: 01225 446216
Tucked away in one of Bath’s popular tourist attractions The Corridor, Vizion Hair Salon is an independent hairdressers in Bath that offers professional hair colouring, cutting and styling, alongside hair extensions and the very latest Brazilian blowdry hair smoothing treatment. Vizion Hair will provide honest advice on a hairstyle that not only suits you but your life style.
Vizion is now one of the only salons in Bath to be offering Olaplex – this is an amazing new product. The magic works from the inside out to strengthen , condition and literally reconnect the hair strand structure where it is broken.
Xcellent Nails and Beauty
Tel: 01225 483705
Voted one of the best top 3 nail salons in Bath X-Cellent Nails is the place to go for the perfect manicure. The salon also provides beauty treatments ranging from waxing, threading, lash & brow tinting, spray tans, facials and skin treatments.
High Street, Bath, BA1 5AP
Tel: 01225 443 686
Bath's new speciality pizzeria has an expert team of Italian chefs who do things a little different. Choose between 10 types of dough, ranging from the traditional kind to hemp, gluten-free and Kamut.
Made on site by specialist artisans from Puglia, our bases are rustic, simple and made in the authentic Italian style, reflecting pizza’s humble origins as Neapolitan street food.
Once we perfected the classic sourdough base, we started experimenting with alternative flours to create healthier bases that taste genuinely great. Once you try a Dough pizza, we think you’ll love it as much as we do.
Tel: 01225 442 227
Flock is the place to find products unique and differentiate us from the high-street chain stores. In-house clothing brands include Yumi, Uttam Boutique, Miss Jolie, Purplish and Made In Italy. You'll also find cutting-edge accessory brands including Dogo footwear, ruby Shoo and Disaster Designs; from bags to shoes, jewellery to printed tights.
Tel: 01225 571425
Established in 2007, Ganesha Handicrafts brings a wide selection of ethically sourced handicrafts and silver jewellery directly from India and Nepal. They do everything they can to make sure their products are 100% ethical.
Skilled works craft soft furnishings for the home, decorative items, clothing, shawls and hats, colourful bags, and beautiful silver jewellery all of which you'll find in store.