Montpellier is a district of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, at the end of the Promenade south of the town centre. Originally developed in the 1830s in conjunction with the spas, it is now known for its bars, cafés, restaurants and range of specialist shops.
The area of Cheltenham, that is also known as Montpellier Quarter, is a stunning mix of superb architecture, eclectic shops and excellent restaurants and bars. It is arguably the closest you will get to the feel of London, without the tourists and hustle and bustle that comes with being in the capital city. The Montpellier Quarter in Cheltenham is approximately 100 miles from the centre of London, but it is easily reachable in just 2-3 hours by car or train. If you are staying in Cheltenham and fancy a day trip to London to see all the well-known tourist attractions, then it is easily done as a day trip.
With touches such as the Caryatids lining Montpellier Walk, you would be forgiven for thinking you were in Athens, Greece. You can find anything from antiques to homewares here and you are likely to be amazed by the array of boutique shops, certainly enough to rival London. For department stores and delightful cafes, head to The Promenade. Here, there is a range of vintage shops, high street stores, and antique jewellers. Cheltenham’s Montpellier Quarter proves you do not need to be in London to get quality products, superb buildings, and a friendly atmosphere.
One of the most fashionable areas in the city, Montpellier District is noted for its abundance of trendy bars, cafes, restaurants, and a wide range of specialty shops. The district’s distinctive architecture, attractive villas, and ornamental gardens have gained it the reputation of having a “continental flavor.” Be sure to take a leisurely stroll along the Montpellier Walk, designed in 1840 by architect W.H. Knight and noted for the 32 caryatids that support the shop fronts. Besides its numerous clothing and jewelry stores, the area is also known for housing the famous Cheltenham Ladies’ College, St. Andrew’s Church, Montpellier Rotunda, Queen’s Hotel, and the Imperial Gardens.