You may have visited us in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter but have you heard about the City’s reputation for independent shops, vintage fashion, big name retailers and lively markets? No? It’s ok, I can show you around and we can explore Nottingham together. Getting to Nottingham is easy whether you choose to drive and park or arrive by rail, many of its visitors then get around on foot or by using their modern tram system. In fact in 2010 Nottingham was named England’s least car dependent city, which explains why so many visitors come to explore the famous sights, eclectic shops and historic scenery. A haven for chic boutiques and designer labels, the Bridlesmith Gate area is full of stylish people and you can’t shop in Nottingham without visiting the store of its most famous designer, Paul Smith. As I am always straying towards interiors I found this beautiful lamp, a partnership Sir Kenneth Grange and Paul Smith. [caption id="attachment_5903" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Anglepoise® and Paul Smith Type75™ Table Lamp - Edition One, Paul Smith, £160.00[/caption] Located just west of Lace Market, Bridlesmith Gate is actually one of the most expensive streets in Europe. Amongst the endless list of designer shops, cafés and bars you will find bath, body & beauty connoisseurs, Molton Brown, I can’t resist popping in to buy one of their deliciously named Rhubarb & Rose hand wash and lotion set. [caption id="attachment_5904" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Delicious Rhubarb & Rose Hand Wash & Lotion Set, Molton Brown, £36.00[/caption] No matter where I am I always seem to be drawn to Waterstones it’s like my mothership is calling me in. Sitting proudly on the corner of Bridlesmith Gate is my second home, hosting five floors of literary wonder including my favourite range of contemporary fiction. My most recent purchase is this best seller by Paula Hawkins, which will be finished over the summer sat in my garden. [caption id="attachment_5905" align="aligncenter" width="406"] The Girl on the Train, Waterstones, £10.99[/caption] A hidden gem also based in the Lace Market is Debbie Bryan, a gorgeous shop and tea room selling a vast selection of the very best gifts for you and your home. If you are looking to book an afternoon of crafts you will be at home as they offer a lovely selection of “crafternoon” events which include, lace appliqué, lampshade making and ceramics. [caption id="attachment_5906" align="aligncenter" width="587"] Debbie Bryan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5907" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Debbie Bryan[/caption] I like to look for something special when I’m shopping and Nottingham is certainly full of quirky and cool shops to wander around aimlessly in. If you’re after a shop that’s a little bit different in a warm, relaxed, friendly environment then pop into our showroom on Lower Parliament Street. Bursting with our collection of lovingly made handcrafted furniture; we also have a fantastic range of home furnishings that you home are waiting for. I know which is my favourite, a particular wooden light! [caption id="attachment_5908" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Eat Sleep Live Showroom[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5909" align="aligncenter" width="413"] Eat Sleep Live Showroom[/caption] Like me, after a day filled with everything that Nottingham has to offer, you will probably be desperate for a bite to eat and refuel with a glass of wine. You would think choosing a place to have lunch would be simple but I’m afraid you will be spoilt for choice, I think I have eaten at a different restaurant, café or even bench every visit! Choosing from Nottingham’s locally produced delights or a quaint tea room or even the local chippy is not easy. For an enjoyable meal with a view I like to visit the Riverbank bar and restaurant situated near Trent Bridge, followed by a walk along the leafy embankment. Their ethos is to source the finest local produce to create a simple and affordable, yet well-cooked food, what’s not to love. [caption id="attachment_5910" align="aligncenter" width="620"] The Riverbank[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5911" align="aligncenter" width="620"] The Riverbank[/caption] Do you want the VIP treatment? Although our showroom is not open 7 days a week we do offer private viewings at any time that suits you. Simply call to make an appointment and plan your day in Nottingham. What are you waiting for?