Monday 2 March 2015

Discover...Salts Mill

While you can't take the London out of Bubble, regular readers will know that we've also got a Northern Headquarters. Team B&S are lucky enough to be based there - and we thought it was high time we shared our picturesque corner of the country with you!

So, without further ado, here's the first in a series of posts about things to see and do in West Yorkshire. First stop: Salts Mill, an art gallery and shopping complex based in historic Saltaire, Bradford. 

Built by industrialist Sir Titus Salt, Saltaire is a wonderfully preserved Victorian model village - and well worth a visit in its own right. 

Salts Mill was once the largest industrial building in the world - but, today, it's home to independent shops, galleries, and an impressive collection of works by local artist David Hockney

A selection of his paintings and drawings are on display in the 1853 Gallery, where you can also pick up beautiful stationery and art supplies. 

You could spend hours browsing in the mill's second-floor Bookshop, which has a fantastic children's section - and a quiet reading area for little ones. We even spotted the latest issue of Bubble favourite Anorak Magazine on its shelves. 

Salts Mill's interiors shop, The Home, is brimming with unique pieces - from ultra-stylish tea pots, to Eames lounge chairs. 

There's even a cafĂ©, espresso bar and child-friendly diner, where we stopped for coffee and cake. We loved the Salts Diner crockery, which is decorated with a sketch of Hockney's beloved sausage dog. 

It's worth setting aside several hours to explore the whole mill, which also boasts antiques, music and cycle shops. Two new permanent exhibitions - People and Process: A History of Salts Mill and The Arrival of Spring by David Hockney - have just opened on its 3rd floor. 

And how about you? Did you go somewhere exciting this weekend? We'd love to hear all about it...

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