A few months ago, we went to see Mr Turner, the film about the artist J.M.W Turner. Margate was the subject of most of his lovely seascapes, so we decided then and there to hop on AirBnb and book a Margate mini break.
It is, in essence, an old British seaside town. I'm sure it's not everyone's cup of tea, but we fell in love with it the minute we started driving along the seafront. I can't put my finger on it -- there's just something about it that feels homely and gives you happy vibes.
Apparently Margate was all going down hill under the Turner Gallery opened. It's a beautiful modern building on the sea front, with a huge glass wall inside that's awe-inspiring. You could easily spend all day gazing out. I think what makes Margate special is the idea that it's the little seaside town that was literally saved by art.
The great thing is that there aren't really any chains - you won't see a Topshop or a Pizza Express wandering around the seafront. The independent shops are beautifully curated, and yes they're a little expensive but the hand-picked products are simply divine.
After popping into every shop we walked past and picking up a couple of gorgeous prints and a bright yellow sand timer, we walked around the old town, had plenty a beer in the hidden pubs, ate fish and chips from a hatch on the beach and visited the incredible Grayson Perry exhibition.
By then, it was getting towards the evening, and the thing that struck us about the locals was that everyone knew what time the sunset was. Our AirBnb host recommended a restaurant called Great British Pizza Company, where we were able to get a perfect view of the sun setting over the beach. All we can say is that after that we understood perfectly why everyone knew when it was. It was beautiful. It was so refreshing to see locals actively heading out to the beach in droves to watch it.
After too much prosecco and delicious pizza, we ended up stumbling into a old-school bowling place and 10-pinned to our hearts content before tumbling into bed. We stayed at an incredible room in the house of a lady called Kate. It was perfect for exploring and Kate was super helpful and an amazing host.
If you're going for a Margate mini break, we'd thoroughly recommend Kate's room. Find it here.