Celebrities in Bath: why this Bath bookshop is the place to spot a famous face

31 October 2017

Bath attracts visitors from all over the world, including some very famous faces. There are even rumoured to be many celebrities living in Bath, with noted current and former residents including John Cleese, Johnny Depp and Nicholas Cage.

The city is a great place for celebrity spotting, and you’ll find many of them at a humble bookshop on The Paragon. Topping & Company Booksellers of Bath is becoming increasingly popular for its packed schedule of special events and famous visitors.

The shop, right across the road from our glamorous large Haystack apartment, has fast become a cultural hub for everything from celebrity book readings to cooking demonstrations. Many events take place in the bookshop itself, while others are held in the larger venue of Komedia, the comedy and music venue on Westgate Street.

Recent events have included a talk by celebrated UK fashion designer Alice Temperley, whose celebrity clients include the Kardashians and the Duchess of Cambridge, and a cooking demonstration by renowned chef Yottam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh. Comedian and Peep Show actor Robert Webb, the Queen of Cakes Mary Berry (one of the many famous people from Bath, being born in the city) and chef Thomasina Miers have all taken part in the bookshop’s events this year.

Future events

If you fancy seeing celebrities in Bath up close and personal, pop these future events at Topping & Company in your diary for autumn 2017:

  • An evening with Henry BlofeldTuesday 31st October. Cricket commentary legend ‘Blowers’ visits the bookshop to talk about his new book ‘Over & Out’.
  • The Hairy Bikers Mediterranean Lunch – Thursday 9th November. The beardy TV duo return to Bath to talk about their new book and cookery TV show celebrating the best recipes of France, Spain and Italy.
  • Literary Lunch with Gordon Brown – Tuesday 14th November. Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will be visiting the bookshop to discuss his new book ‘My Life, Our Times’.
  • Armando Iannucci on Classical Music – Thursday 7th December. The genius comedy writer is in town not to talk about his critically acclaimed new film The Death of Stalin or his cult TV creation Alan Partridge, but his love of classical music.

Our famous guests!

At Bath Holiday Rentals, we’ve been honoured to have famous guests from stage and screen staying with us over the years. We’ve had Hollywood A-listers including Clint Eastwood and Nicholas Cage, as well as British greats such as the actors Hugh Bonneville and Adrian Lester, to name but a few of the celebrities who have stayed in our properties.

If you’d like a taste of the celebrity lifestyle for yourself, take a look at our many elegant, luxurious apartments and houses in central Bath and surrounding areas. At Bath Holiday Rentals, we have a huge choice of properties available for weekend escapes and special occasions, and you never know – you may just spot a star while you’re here!