You may already have noticed that many manufacturers also call their drawing paper ‘Bristol paper’. This is a term for paper that is glued together from multi-layered sheets. In the past, paper mills sent their best papers for gluing to the English city of Bristol and so the name became associated with a particular level of quality.
Bristol paper has a satin-coated, smooth surface. It is particularly good for designs and drawings using pen and ink, and for working with markers or brush pens. Bristol papers and Bristol boards have robust surfaces and are perfect for final artworks and illustrations that you may want to work on a little longer and more intensively.