But, if I’m being totally honest- it’s more often that not the travel closest to home that excites me the most. I’m a real home girl at heart, and through growing up with seaside holidays from everywhere including Penzance to Chichester, trips to the coast and several-hour long car journeys around the country- I for one certainly appreciate that a holiday, break or trip somewhere exotic isn’t always the most achievable! As gorgeous as tropical teal oceans look on Instagram, they’re sometimes as attainable as getting a 99′ under a pound, so that’s why I’m introducing the Seaside Series! With this being the first of many, I want to highlight some of the beautiful getaways the UK has to offer on our gorgeous coastline, many of which are often less than a couple of hours from our doorstep too- not badio, daddio!
The first up for this is beautiful Broadstairs. Having not visited since I was revising for my SATS (and Steps were my favourite band), I was excited to head back to this pretty sandy coastal down with my local line Southeastern for a real explore. Being a little over an hour from London, it truly takes no time at all- and being on the same train line as both Margate and Whitstable- they make for the perfect trio for a weekend away too. But now for the fun stuff…
It’s slightly ridiculous how quickly I can gravitate towards a good homeware shop- and after spotting KIT on our walk down from the station, I fell inside quicker than you could ask how much one of their scented rainbows soaps were (a total necessity, FYI). With shelves stacked full of unique interior accessories, stationary and even some beauty staples (as well as both male and female fashion from brands such as Selected Femme)- it’s the perfect breath of fresh air to a relatively traditional high street- which makes it a serious gem in the town and somewhere you may require some serious self control (but I won’t tell if you wont)…
3 Charlotte St, Broadstairs CT10 1LR, UK
Wyatt & Jones:
Out of all of the places we had recommendations for during our trip, it was Wyatt & Jones that continued to pop up. Situated a stone’s throw from the beachside garden pavilion and more ice cream stands that I could possibly fathom- it oozes the feel of a quintessential seaside fish restaurant, but with a modern, fresh and imaginative menu (and decor at that). All of the dishes boast local seasonal produce- and I can assure you it was one of the most delicious fish meals I’ve had (and didn’t cost the earth either).
23-27 Harbour St, Broadstairs CT10 1EU, UK
C & Sea:
What’s a city guide without a hip ‘n’ happening coffee shop, eh? My friend Nat recommended this spot (after I slyly spotted it on her Instagram)- and whether you’re there for a flat white and to get the ‘gram or just refuelling after a journey down, this place is definitely one to hit up amongst the many places to grab and go in the town (and I promise not just for the decor alone).
Sea Approach, Broadstairs CT10, UK
Honestly, I don’t think a trip to Broadstairs would be complete without a visit to the iconic Morelli’s gelato. Founded in 1932 and with the first parlour being the original in Broadstairs (pink art deco ceilings, soda fountain and juke box all to boot)- it’s a total ice cream institute and feels like time has truly stood still in this pink sea front palace. There’s certainly a reason Morelli’s is awarded so many delicious accolades, and it makes for a perfect mid-afternoon treat (or morning, or evening, or whenever for that matter- ahem)…
14 Victoria Parade, Broadstairs CT10 1QS, UK
I’m pretty sure you’ll find a delightful tea room in nearly every British seaside town (isn’t it as obligatory as a Wimpy or chippy)- and this quaint spot is the Broadstairs answer to all things quintessentially English. Whether you fancy fluffy scones and clotted cream, light sponges, finger sandwiches or even some pavement side people watching- Bessie’s is definitely one to note for a sugary fix and a hint of nostalgia.
45 Albion St, Broadstairs CT10 1NE, UK
Rooks for delicious sausage rolls, Posillipo Pizzeria, Samworth & Mee, Italianate Greenhouse
Hop on a Southeastern train from London St. Pancras International (or Bromley South, like us) – Arrive in Broadstairs and pop to KIT for some browsing – Head to C & Sea for a coffee – Wander along Viking Bay and dip your toes in the sea – Grab lunch at Wyatt & Jones – Walk along the front to Morelli’s (and then onto the Glasshouse if you have time
If you fancy booking a trip to Broadstairs or somewhere else in East Sussex or Kent, have a nosey at the advance purchase off-peak offers from Southeastern this Summer starting from £10! Find out more here