Striped windbreaks, bucket-and-spade day-trippers and chips doused in vinegar straight from the bag topped off with a 99 flake. An English beach resort conjures some sort of nostalgia for most and arty Margate is leading the way in the country’s revival. Driven by the opening of the Turner Contemporary five years ago (now showing Yinka Shonibare) independent galleries and vintage homeware stores have been popping up ever since. Try Plinth for copper hanging planters and Haeckels for foraged botanical skincare. And last year, Dreamland, the country’s original pleasure park, along with its Grade II listed scenic railway, reopened after a serious overhaul. If you’re staying the night book in at The Reading Rooms – a next-level B&B in a five storey Georgian Town House.
Getting there: Easy for a day trip Margate is a 1.5-hour train ride from London St Pancras
Words by Tabitha Joyce. The Iris Letter May 2016,