Now that hairdressers, shops and hospitality businesses are open again and safer than ever, it’s time to enjoy some of the little pleasures we’ve missed during lockdown. And after months of DIY haircuts, home cooking and time away from friends and family, we’ve never needed the relaxation and TLC more. 

Whether you’re planning to treat yourself, a loved one for postponed birthday celebrations or a key worker friend who deserves a break, we’ve put together this guide to a day of relaxation in Bristol.

Have that long-awaited haircut

Say goodbye to split ends and wonky trims by booking yourself in with the lovely team at McQueens on Park Street. This long-standing and award-winning salon is home to a talented group of stylists and colourists, who are ready to give your hair a refresh and leave it looking better than ever. 

If it’s a barber you’re in need of, head a little further up the hill to the Men’s Cave Barber Shop for a fresh trim and shave from their friendly, experienced team. Staff at these hairdressers will be wearing all the appropriate PPE - don’t forget to bring your face mask too.

Men's Cave Barber Shop on Park Street, Bristol

Image - Men's Cave Barber Shop

Indulge in sweet treats 

No treat day is complete without something sweet and the dessert extraordinaires at Sprinkles Gelato have you covered in this department. Their mouthwatering menu has everything from gelato, sundaes and shakes to waffles, crepes and cookie dough, all deliciously indulgent. Visit on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday in August and you can get your sugary fix for half price when you eat in, thanks to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. 

Ice cream counter at Sprinkles Gelato, Bristol

Image - Sprinkles Gelato

Shop for new beauty goodies

Top up your health and beauty collection along Queens Road and Park Street. Here you’ll find a quality selection of shops selling skincare, haircare, fragrances and similar products within a few minutes’ walk of each other. 

Among them are Space NK, a treasure trove of carefully curated items from both established and under-the-radar brands, and high-street favourite for cruelty-free beauty buys, The Body Shop. There’s also L’Occitane, which is renowned for using natural, sustainably sourced ingredients in all its ranges. So many of the products in these stores make fabulous gifts, ideal for that friend who’s been working harder than ever through the pandemic and could use a pick-me-up. 

Body Shop staff standing next to products at Bristol store

Image - The Body Shop, credit Plaster

Unwind with cocktails 

Kick back with a cocktail or two at London Cocktail Club, where you can escape reality in the ‘Neverland at night’ themed bar. Currently on the drinks list is the ‘Dirty Dozen’ - 12 best-selling cocktails which include both classics and some of their signature inventive concoctions. Make sure you book in advance - you can request a table by their new outdoor bar if you feel more comfortable drinking al fresco. 

Bar and seating at London Cocktail Club in Bristol

Image - London Cocktail Club 

Catch up on beauty sleep

Round-off your day of relaxation at a city centre hotel. Even if you're a long-time local, we're sure you could use a night away from home, where you can wake up feeling refreshed.

The Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel has reopened with up to 25% off normal rates along with the ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark, so you can be assured they’ll give you a safe welcome. This historic 150-year-old hotel on College Green is among the most elegant in the city and a good night’s rest is guaranteed in their spacious, comfortable rooms.  

As the city continues to safely reopen to visitors, you’ll soon be able to book in at even more of Bristol’s hotels. Browse our accommodation pages to discover great places to stay.  

Exterior of Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel on College Green

Image - Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

We hope you enjoyed this content, it was funded by Bristol City Centre BID, as part of the #BristolTogether campaign. Please note the latest Government guidelines require you to wear a face covering, unless exempt, in indoor settings and where social distancing may be difficult. You are permitted to meet in groups of no more than six people. Please socialise responsibly.  

In partnership with Visit Bristol, Business West, Broadmead BID, the One City Economy Board and Bristol City Council. The project is also supported by the European Regional Development Fund through HM Government’s Reopening High Streets Safely Fund.

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