Soror Studios Travel Guide | Margate
It is the bank holiday here in England! And if you are at a loose end when it comes to making the most of that extra day, we would seriously recommend packing up and heading down to Margate for the day. Not only is it just a 1 1/2 hr train journey from London St.Pancras, it also boasts a very British beach and it's very own string of amazing independent shops. Keep reading to see some of our favourite spots to visit:
Cliffs is the perfect place to grab a coffee and a bite to eat for breakfast. It is not only a coffee shop, but doubles up as a record shop, a yoga studio, and an events space, plus it even has a hairdressers upstairs!
After visiting Cliffs, on the walk back towards the old town, you will pass a colourful treasure trove of old fairground rides and neon lights. We really recommend having a look in here as it is frankly a fascinating place. It is not only home to a mysterious fortune teller, but, it is also home to a beautiful jewellery brand called Reo Jewels.
Reo jewels is owned by the very talented Rebecca Ellis, who produces some beautiful pieces inspired by nature. There were some amazing rings in here that I found very hard to resist!
Another place you will find on your stroll will be Haeckel's. Step aside Aesop, this is some pretty fierce competition if you ask us!
Haeckles are a Margate-based natural fragrance and skincare brand, who hand craft all to their products in their laboratory in the town. They use only locally growing botanicals and hold one of only two licenses in England to harvest seaweed from the English coast. This seaweed is featured a lot in their ranges.
Next up is Môr, a shop that stocks some amazing homewares both vintage and contemporary along with gifts and paper goods.
This beautiful shop is run by the very talented Clare Roberts, and is definitely worth a visit.
Almost straight opposite this, you have margates shining jewel, the Turner Contemporary.
Situated on Margate seafront, on the same site where Turner stayed when visiting the town, Turner Contemporary presents a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions, events and learning opportunities. It is free to enter and is often running fun workshops, so it should be on your to do list if you have any interest in the arts!
Once you have had your fill of art we really recommend that you take yourself into the old town. This part of Margate is s full of picturesque streets, and is brimming with amazing independent shops, cafes and vintage treasure troves. These shops are some of our favourites in this part of town, but there are many, many more to be found by wandering around.
MAXINE SUTTON'S STUDIO
This beautiful pink shop is home to the very talented textile designer Maxine Sutton. Unfortunately she is moving shop in a few weeks, so this may be the last chance you have to see her in Margate.
J.Cosmo is a Classic, vintage and reproduction menswear shop inspired by the 1920s - 1950's. However, they do carry some unisex pieces and also stock the most amazing vintage red American boy scout leader jackets. They are hard to describe, but go in and you will see what I mean!
Located on Love Lane (can you get more picturesque?) ETC is a beautifully curated homeware and lifestyle store. It also boasts a sister store next door which is home to a lovely florists.
At this point in our guide, you will probably be tired and peckish, so pop into the Greedy Cow for some refreshments!
THE GREEDY COW
Last but not least, I would definitely recommend a visit to Ruskin, it is a short stroll from the old town.
Ruskin is a fantastic unisex clothes shop stocking quality, timeless pieces. It is a stripe-obsessed persons dream (aka it is my dream), and well worth a visit if you like well made clothing.
So, there we have it! A round up of some of our favourites, although we missed A LOT out. And we didn't ever cover its typically British beaches, Mr. Whippys, arcades, fish and chips and Dream World. Margate is a great day out.. So, what are you waiting for?!
The Soror Girls