I live in Time Out’s ‘coolest UK neighbourhood’ – here is what it’s really like

I definitely wasn’t surprised to see Cliftonville in Margate voted one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world by Time Out.

Along with Colonia Americana in Mexico and Cais do Sodré Lisbon, the neighborhood was the only one in Britain to make the top 10 in the world.

Cliftonville in Margate has been voted one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world

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Cliftonville in Margate has been voted one of the coolest neighborhoods in the worldPhoto credit: Getty
I moved to Margate last year - and I'm not surprised to see it on the list

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I moved to Margate last year – and I’m not surprised to see it on the listPhoto credit: Kara Godfrey – The Sun
There is an amazing community of people in Cliftonville, many of whom flock to the Walpole Bay Lido

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There is an amazing community of people in Cliftonville, many of whom flock to the Walpole Bay LidoPhoto credit: Kara Godfrey – The Sun

I’m one of the many who left the City of London for quieter shores last year and ended up in Margates Cliftonville.

The seaside resort, dubbed Shoreditch-on-Sea by many for the plethora of artists and trendy shops that have sprung up, is certainly at its busiest in summer.

Although Cliftonville is outside the main part of Margate, thanks to the local community it’s the part of town that stays alive throughout the summer when the tourists are gone.

It has a lot to be proud of, such as the UK’s largest tide pool, Walpole Bay Lido, as well as the subterranean Shell Grotto, the origins of which remain a mystery.

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The latest addition to Margate's art scene are the 17 murals across the town, painted to highlight the need for marine conservation

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The latest addition to Margate’s art scene are the 17 murals across the town, painted to highlight the need for marine conservationPhoto credit: Ian Cox
It also has some of the best bars - many with ex-London bartenders and great sea views

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It also has some of the best bars – many with ex-London bartenders and great sea viewsPhoto credit: daisies

And with ex-Londoners like me flocking to the area, there’s no shortage of fantastic restaurants, bars and cafes either.

I can’t keep up with the number of bars opening nearby — there’s Stingray and Taproom, two tiny spots full of young couples and their dogs, no matter what the weather.

And across the street is Daisy and Off License, both with some of the best sunset sea views and their own unique cocktails.

While many of the popular restaurants can be found in Old Town, including Italian Sargasso and seafood-heavy Dory’s, many branch out into my woods edge, like former pop-up Barletta, which will open its first wine bar and eatery this year.

Luckily, Cliftonville isn’t short on trendy hotels either, as it’s already home to the Libertine-run Albion Rooms, with the new hotel and co-working space Selina opening later this month.

But what Time Out credited to Cliftonville was the people who described it as “one of Britain’s most thriving artist communities”.

Not knowing anyone but being invited to WhatsApp groups and local events like live bands and art shows is certainly something that drew me here.

And you can hardly walk a few steps without being seduced by the smell of locally brewed coffee (the independent cafes far outnumber the high street chains), only to leave after a 30-minute chatter and a new piece of wall art in your bag.

The latest addition to the art scene causing a stir are the 17 huge murals across Margate, some nearly four stories high, all painted by local artists on the sides of buildings to highlight ocean protection.

Add in the LGBTQ+-friendly community — having the best vibes over the weekend when crowds pour out of the new queer bar camp — and I can certainly see why they won their cool points with Time Out.

I have traveled to some of the others on the full list including other UK neighborhoods such as Walthamstow in London and the Northern Quarter in Manchester.

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I’ve also ventured further to other winners like Ubud in Bali and Cais do Sodre in Lisbon – and I think Margate is still winning.

While it may be a little cooler here than its sunnier counterparts, you’ll find it hard not to mingle with the very friendly locals while sipping a seaweed gin and tonic.

Sunset sea views and unique cocktails - I'm not surprised to see Margate on the cool list

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Sunset sea views and unique cocktails – I’m not surprised to see Margate on the cool listPhoto credit: Kara Godfrey – The Sun

Timeouts top 10 coolest neighborhoods in the world

  1. Colonia Americana, Guadalajara, Mexico
  2. Cais do Sodre, Lisbon, Portugal
  3. Wat Bo Village, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  4. Ridgewood, NYC, USA
  5. Mile End, Montreal, Canada
  6. Barrio Logan, San Diego, United States
  7. Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, Japan
  8. Cliftonville, Margate, UK
  9. Barrio Yungay, Santiago, Chile
  10. Cours Julien, Marseille, France

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