Last Updated: 20 July 2021

Make sure you look up if you’re in the city centre this summer – Bristol’s streets have become a work of art, with lyrics from popular love songs on display to welcome you back as restrictions ease.

Part of the #LoveBristol campaign, a collective of Bristol artists and fabricators have created the pink and silver ‘Love Songs To The City’ installations, which will be in place throughout the summer. Look out for the illuminated banners and disco balls as you make your way through the city centre.

Discover all 20 ‘Love Songs To The City’ with help from our suggested itinerary below, featuring attractions, food and drink and places to stay along the way. Whether you tick them all off in one go or an area at a time, we’d love to know if you complete the route and your favourite lyrics too – use the #LoveBristol hashtag to share your journey.

Oh, and don’t set off without tuning into our #LoveBristol Spotify playlist. Tracks included in ‘Love Songs To The City’ are on there with artists ranging from Elton John to The Human League and Bob Marley – the perfect soundtrack for boogying your way around the trail.

Remember to check directly with businesses for their latest reopening plans.

Part of 'Love Songs To The City' installation

Image credit - Paul Box

Jump to Park Street & Queens Road | King Street | Corn Street | Bristol Shopping Quarter | Harbourside

Park Street and Queens Road

Bristol is known for its hills but few are as recognisable as Park Street, leading up to Queens Road. A favourite stretch for shoppers with independent and high street stores galore, there are also some of the city’s best-known attractions and landmarks here.

On the #LoveBristol playlist

Hit play on these songs – you’ll pass lyrics from them on your way down Queens Road and Park Street:

  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight by Elton John
  • I Love to Love by Tina Charles
  • It Must Be Love by Madness
  • She Loves You by The Beatles
  • The Power of Love by Huey Lewis & The News

'She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah' #LoveBristol banner over Park Street

Image - 'She Loves You' on Park Street

In between lyric spotting, get your fill of art and culture by checking out world-class collections at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery; catching a performance at St George's Bristol, where there’s also a great café and gin garden; stepping back into the 1700s at The Georgian House Museum; and looking out for Banksy's Well-Hung Lover. If impressive architecture is your thing, make sure you swing by Bristol Cathedral or head on a Wills Memorial Building Tour.

Food and drink on Park Street and Queens Road covers everything from classy cocktails at Hyde & Co to heavenly gelato at Swoon. For something more substantial, we recommend Yakinori and Woky Ko: Jing Xu (currently takeaway only) for Asian flavours or Miller & Carter Steakhouse for a slap-up steak dinner.

If you’re here for the night, you can book into the Grade II listed Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel at the foot of Park Street or there’s The Berkeley Square Hotel – Bristol’s only boutique art hotel. The Clifton Hotel Bristol, The Washington and Beech House – Serviced Apartments are all nearby too.

Disco ball on Frogmore Street, Bristol

Image - Disco ball on Frogmore Street

King Street

Part of the Old City, King Street dates way back to the 17th century and is lined with historic buildings. Many of these are now pubs and bars, so time your jaunt along here with pint o’clock.

On the #LoveBristol playlist

Hit play on these songs – you’ll pass lyrics from them on your way along King Street:

  • Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley
  • Friday I’m in Love by The Cure
  • I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton
  • Show Me Love by Robin S

Image - 'Friday I'm in love' on King Street, credit Under the Wing Productions 

One of the most iconic buildings on King Street (and in the city, for that matter) is Bristol Old Vic, which holds the title as the oldest continually working theatre in the English-speaking world. Live performances are back here over the summer, in case you fancy catching a show. The Bar and Cafe is well worth a visit too.

You can also enjoy delicious Chinese food at Cathay Rendezvous, seafood or burgers aboard the FiSH Bristol and Three Brothers Burgers barges, and great brunches, lunches and dinners at Aqua. And of course, there are plenty of watering holes to stop at, including craft beer pubs King Street Brew House and Small Bar, live jazz bar The Old Duke, the subterranean Bristol Beer Emporium and arcade game bar Kongs.

#LoveBristol disco ball on King Street

Corn Street

Once at the heart of Medieval Bristol and the centre of commerce and trade in the city for centuries, today Corn Street is a place for eating, drinking and shopping among historic buildings.

On the #LoveBristol playlist

Hit play on these songs – you’ll pass lyrics from them on your way along Corn Street:

  • Love the One You’re With by Stephen Stills
  • Give Me a Reason to Love You by Desmotis (covering Portishead)
  • I Want to Know What Love Is by Foreigner

Buskers in front of 'Love the one you're with' installation on Corn Street

Image - 'Love the one you're with' on Corn Street, credit Paul Box

Take time during your #LoveBristol adventure to wander through the maze of stalls inside St Nicholas Market, home to Bristol’s largest collection of independent retailers as well as a smashing selection of food in the Glass Arcade. Permanent foodie traders there include Pieminister and Woky Ko.

For a sit-down meal on Corn Street, you can visit Pho for Vietnamese fare, The Ox for top notch British cuisine or Four Wise Monkeys for Izakaya-style food and drinks.

Alternatively, grab a table at Bristol Harbour Hotel’s restaurant or bar for food and drink in sumptuous surroundings. As well as being a luxurious place to bed down for the night, the hotel has an underground spa where you can squeeze in some rest and relaxation if you’re in town for long enough.

You can also check in at Brooks Guesthouse Bristol, a boutique hotel where you can stay in rooftop Retro Rockets – vintage caravans which have all the lux of a modern hotel room.

Bristol Shopping Quarter

Along with six ‘Love Songs To The City’ installations, there are hundreds of fantastic shops, restaurants and bars to discover in Bristol Shopping Quarter, which covers Broadmead, The Galleries, The Arcade, Cabot Circus and Quakers Friars.

On the #LoveBristol playlist

Hit play on these songs – you’ll pass lyrics from them on your way through Bristol Shopping Quarter:

  • One Love by Bob Marley
  • Crazy in Love by Beyoncé
  • Love Me Do by The Beatles
  • Love Changes Everything by Michael Ball
  • You’ve Got the Love by Florence + The Machine
  • Just Called to Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder

#LoveBristol One Love, One Heart banner in Broadmead

Image - 'One love, one heart' in Broadmead, credit Under the Wing Productions

In addition to browsing the shops – which range from small independents to familiar favourites like Harvey Nichols – things to do in Bristol Shopping Quarter include visiting the oldest Methodist building in the world at The New Room Museum or a 12th century church, St James Priory. If you’re feeling competitive, bring your mates along for an axe throwing tournament over at Whistle Punks.

There’s an immense variety of food and drink to keep you going on your #LoveBristol wander in this part of the city too. Just a few of the restaurants on offer are Harvey Nichols Bristol Second Floor Restaurant and Bar and The Real Greek in Cabot Circus, or head for German cuisine at Klosterhaus and Italian at L’Osteria in Quakers Friars.

Since it’s located right at the heart of the city, Bristol Shopping Quarter makes a great base for your stay. Choose from inviting hotels like Future Inns Cabot Circus as well as self-catering accommodation like PREMIER SUITES PLUS.

Harbourside

While there’s just one ‘Love Songs To The City’ installation to see here, you’ll want to factor in plenty of time to explore the Harbourside. Some of the city’s best-loved attractions are here, along with a host of waterside restaurants and pubs.

On the #LoveBristol playlist

Hit play on this song – you’ll pass lyrics from it on your way around the Harbourside:

  • Love is All Around by The Troggs

Wapping Wharf

Image - Wapping Wharf, credit Jon Craig

If you’re on the #LoveBristol trail with kids in tow, break up the walk with a visit to one of the family attractions around the harbour. We The Curious has hands-on science exhibits to test out, you can explore Brunel’s magnificent ocean liner at SS Great Britain, or ogle at incredible marine creatures at Bristol Aquarium. On top of all that, there’s also local history to take in at M Shed and Underfall Yard.

There’s no chance of going hungry around the Harbourside. Wapping Wharf makes an excellent pitstop, with Cargo CantinaGambas, two Woky Ko restaurants (CARGO and Kaiju) and lots more quick eats and fancy fare on offer.

The Arnolfini Harbourside Bar and Watershed’s new outdoor bar, Undershed, are two other prime spots for waterside drinks and a quick bite to eat. And that’s just a handful of the places you can eat and drink around the harbour.

To really make the most of the area, book in at a Harbourside hotel such as The Bristol, a luxury hotel right by the water, or the affordable Ibis City Centre. There are also quirkier digs like the Kyle Blue – the hostel on a boat.

The #LoveBristol campaign is a Bristol Together initiative, led by Bristol City Centre BID alongside Visit Bristol, Business West, Cabot Circus and Broadmead BID, in partnership with the One City Economy Board and Bristol City Council.

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