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A Day Trip to Margate

A Day Trip to Margate

Margate is a great destination for a seaside day trip from London. From  a small, rather poor fishing village to a major seaside resort in Georgian and Victorian times, it has now become, after years of decline, a cultural hub full of charm and retro appeal. The opening of the Turner Contemporary in April 2011 has without a doubt contributed  to the new influx of creativity and the seaside resort is a great example of a successful and brilliant culture-led regeneration.

Designed by  David Chipperfield Architects, the gallery offers amazing views over the North Kent Coast and this can be experienced through the current installation 'Atmosphere', by artist Edmund de Waal, commissioned specially for the ground floor gallery space.

Edmund de Waal installation at Turner Contemporary
Edmund de Waal installation at Turner Contemporary

Situated on the same site as Mrs Booth’s guest house, where Turner, the "painter of light" stayed when he visited Margate, every visitor can experience the same views and light he captured in his work. The current exhibition "Making Painting" explores Turner's works and juxtaposes them with paintings by American Abstract Expressionist artist Helen Frankenthaler who died in 2011. http://www.turnercontemporary.org/

Near the gallery at the end of the charming Margate Harbour Arm, a bronze sculpture "Shell Lady" stares out at the sea. It represents Mrs Booth, Turner’s landlady, with whom he had a  love affair in 1833 and with whom he lived until his death in 1851. Margate Harbour Arm includes many cute little cafes and bars. Lola offers a delicious hot chocolate with marshmallows and home made cakes.

 Margate Harbour Arms

Margate Harbour Arms

 Margate Harbour Arms

Margate Harbour Arms

Just across the road from the site of the Turner Contemporary is the pretty Old Town with trendy cafes, bars, boutiques and galleries. It has a nice village atmosphere.

Market Place
Market Place

With more than 13 vintage shops, the town is often referred to as "the mecca" for everything vintage. This certainly adds to the nostalgic charm of the place.

Margate vintage shop
Margate vintage shop
Margate Vintage
Margate Vintage

Stewy, the graffiti artist,  Margate's sort of mini Banksy, leaves his stencil works on various walls of the Old Town shops.

Margate Urban Art
Margate Urban Art

This seaside resort also has an award winning Indian restaurant worth stopping for. The Ambrette is acknowledged as one of Britain's best local eateries and offers an excellent lunch menu at a very decent price. Don't leave the place without tasting the rose creme brulée.

 Margate The Ambrette

Margate The Ambrette

An hour-and-a-half long trip on the  high speed train from St Pancras International or two hours by car from central London, it's an easy commute! We will certainly go back very soon... We would love to bring you there, so contact us for more details.

Margate beach
Margate beach
FMC 10 To Do

FMC 10 To Do

Hampstead and the Arts

Hampstead and the Arts