Sunday, 22 April 2012

You can keep the Costa Brava...

Daaaaannn to Margate....  last weekend I was hoping to take the boys to Bath for Dave's (Mr Boo) 40th. You can think these things find no where to stay and before you know it you're in Margate. I wasn't expecting much except for the Turner Gallery and was very pleasantly surprised.

We stayed in the incredible Warpole Bay Hotel - if you like slick and contemporary then yes stay away if you like period and interest then it's for you. Run by the lovely Jane it's a living museum of Edwardian Britain, the lift would slice your fingers off if you were distracted too much by the 100's of things to interest you. Jane also has a napkin art gallery - no not napkin origami - art on napkins by the likes of Margate Missy herself Tracy Emin and the fantastic Martin Parr.






With less than 24 hours we had to use our time wisely and that we did, a trip to the old town was like the Lanes in Brighton full of vintage shops one that grabbed me straight away was Madam Poppoff - anything vaguely Rentaghost is going to get me in.  There we met the incredibly lovely Deborah who entertained Toby and was his highlight of Margate - it's also where I got my fab 60s dress that I wore to the Glasgow Mary Portas launch party. Hoorah! We were then directed to go to The Mad Hatter for tea and cake....

Now this place is a post in itself, loved it I'll let the photos do the talking....









On the Sunday before we left we found THE most incredible hidden gem - the Shell Grotto discovered in 1832 that's pretty much all is known, it was hidden for centuries and it's your guess as good as anyones what the reason of it was. It's a haunting peaceful experience.







All in all Margate - a lot of surprises and a few things that you'd expect.....