The Pantiles in Royal Tunbridge Wells has proudly secured the third spot on American Express’ list of the UK’s top 10 High Streets for Independent Shops. Surpassing renowned locations like Petworth and Magdalane Street, The Pantiles stands out with its charming colonnade, two-level setup and picturesque backways.

Identified by GlobalData, the ranking considers factors such as the proportion of independent outlets, business variety, footfall and shop occupancy. With The Old Fish Market (now Sankey’s exclusive champagne and seafood bar, which retained its name), the huge Pantiles Clock, the Polar Dance bronze sculpture intgeroduced by Beumée Contemporary Fine Art, and the famous spring in Bath Square – The Pantiles is a photographers delight.

The Pantiles offers an ideal setting for outdoor activities, markets, music events and family-friendly fun. The historic Chalybeate Spring, discovered in 1606, adds a touch of heritage to the area, now beautifully revitalised by Royal Tunbridge Wells Water. The spring’s bottled water, available in local cafes, includes natural, sparkling and botanically infused varieties.

The Pantiles is a hub for dining, with numerous al fresco and indoor options, vibrant markets, and festive celebrations during Christmas. Adorned with lights and festive decorations, the magical colonnade is often featured in national television adverts.

Recent additions like The Hive and Charlotte’s bring a contemporary vibe to The Pantiles, offering workspaces, hospitality and unique culinary experiences. The diverse array of stores, businesses and eateries; including Catherine Hills Jewellery, Bella Vou cosmetic surgery and Fairfax Gallery, contribute to the vibrant atmosphere.

At Targetfollow Estates Limited, we’re immensely proud of our asset. Since our acquisition of The Pantiles in 2008, we have played a key role in revitalising the location, and we are proud to see the area thrive once again. Through 14 years of strategic asset management, we have transformed a tertiary retail pitch into a premier boutique shopping location, prime eating area and venue for live entertainment in the historic town of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

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Source: Kent Live