• Thomas Marsh

10 reasons why you should work remotely in Shoreditch on Sea (Margate).

Updated: Jan 31

National newspaper writers are forever getting themselves into a frenzy about Margate. It is frequently called Shoreditch on Sea and naming as one of the best places to live in the country.

The Times ranked Margate as the third trendiest place in the UK - beating the likes of Bristol and London.

GQ said it is one of Britain’s most artistic destinations

Given Margates cobbled streets, rustic old town and artistic culture. Its status as a leading seaside resort for 250 years with its beautiful sandy beaches. The growth in new restaurants, chic cafes, superior homeware stores, and on-trend boutiques is no surprise.

It has even been described as feeling like a pocket of Copenhagen.

With a 90 minute train ride from London, it easy to understand why Londoners have been escaping the city to live in Margate for the last 10 years.

There are now no excuses not to escape the city with bullet number 10. Joining a community of 60 remote workers living and working in coworking & coliving space.

1. Its sandy beaches

Who wants uncomfortable pebble beaches? #Brighton.

Instead of the London tube to de-stress after work. Imagine barbecues on the sandy beach, volleyball, bat & ball or beach football.

Margate (and neighboring Whitstable and Broadstairs) have some of the best Blue Flags beaches and safe waters in the UK. Thus a top destination for surfing, kite surfing, swimming, sailing and wind surfing.

Margate’s Lido (Walpole Bay Tidal Pool) is the UK’s largest seawater lido stretching out over four acres. Only a couple of lengths instead of 64 for a mile swim. Easy motivation.

2. Outdoor Activities

Bored of 10 laps around your local London park? Walk, run or cycle the 13 km Viking Coastal Trail from Margate to Botany Bay. Dramatic coastal scenery, historic towns, bloodthirsty Viking history and Charles Dickens favourite walk.

Join the local road cycling club established in 1947 to explore Kents beautiful towns and countryside.

Miss being high up in that 20 floor office or always dreamed about going to space? How about kite surfing to get some lift off? Tide water sports can teach you how to kitesurf “like a bad ass... and fall in love with the water again and again“

Jet ski junky? Probably not. But join the others who flock to the wide beaches of Herne Bay or Jetski World, Margate, to hit the glorious waves.

Neighbouring Minnis Bay and Whitstable are one of the top location for sailing and windsurfing. Conditions are so good that a world wind-surf speed record was even set there.

Not bored of watersports yet? Enjoy wakeboarding and water-skiing on the 22-acre private lake in Lydd.

Or enjoy playing golf or tennis without getting pushed off a busy London golf or tennis course.

3. Art, art, art.

Get creative and seek inspiration for your own work or life. As mentioned above, Margate is one of trendiest destinations and has been home to Kent’s oldest art gallery Lovelys.

Instead of staring at 4.5 million bricks in an urban jungle, you can go to Shell Grotto which has 4.5 million shells on its mosaic walls. That is one place to relax - imagine 4.5 million shells echoing waves of the ocean.


They key to Margate's art scene has been the Turner Contemporary which opened in 2011 after £17 million pounds of investment. It hosts all sorts of exciting historic and contemporary exhibition.

Want to get into the art spirit, there plenty of studios for you to get creating. Or you can hit the town’s independent boutiques to become an art collector.

4. A destination for massive names in music – Dreamland

Dreamland hosts not only massive names in music but the world's 4th oldest operating roller coaster.

The vintage theme-park reopened in 2015 with £25 million of investment. They have created a mix of Box Park / Peckham Levels and Winter Wonderland. The experience incorporates roller-coaster rides, an outdoor cinema, and a roller skate disco.

Past performers in Margate have included the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kaiser Chiefs and DJ Pete Tong. The 2021 lineup includes Chase & Status, Fatboy Slim and madness.

5. Micro-pubs

Forget Bermondsey beer mile. Margate and surrounding area, has the highest concentration of micro pubs. The first of the new 'Micro Pubs' - The Butcher's Arms - opened just along the coast at Herne Bay in 2005.

The Harbour Arms, Fez, The Two Halves, Ales of the Unexpected, The Tap Room are all cracking places to try.


You also have a Jamaican roof top bar with sunset views over the sea called Ziggy’s

Where else will you find a Jamaican themed rooftop bar? Or an array of seafront micro breweries?


6. Old town

The cobbled streets of Margate Old Town has endless small businesses from boutiques, bars, coffee shops, and even a thriving independent bookshop The Margate Bookshop.

Another trendy location in Margate is Northdown Road, which is home to a fleet of boutique shops:

  • Mar Mar is a café and shop filled with succulents and design-led home wares.

  • Urchin Wines combines a natural wine shop and deli with a gallery space.

  • Transmission Records sells rare vinyl, and next door.

  • Cliffs compromises a coffee roastery, record shop, salon, yoga studio and café.

7. Food

Margate restaurant has a great reputation over the years for winning the Taste of Kent award for the best restaurant in the county.

The Bus Café has been announced the winner of the National Breakfast of 2020.


Angela’s Of Margate is a tiny sustainable sea food restaurant with minimal waste thanks to their no-choice-yet-perfect-menu. Tom Parker Bowles described it as one of the two best seafood restaurants in the UK.

Good Food Awards 2020

The Michelin Guide 2020

The Good Food Guide 2020

  1. Dory’s, Margate

  2. GB Pizza, Margate

  3. The Kentish Pantry, Margate

8. Theatre at Winter Gardens

Comedians being shown include John Bishop, Josh Widdicombe, Rob Beckett and Jason Mannford.

9. Random

  • How good are your Scalextric skills? Margate is where Scalextric began with Hornby.

  • The Art Car Boot Fair is hosted every year with its ethos of accessible bargains.

10. Shuffle Life comes to Margate

Working remotely in Margate breaks the mundane trap of lonely city living - working to survive to pay the high cost of living.

Margate is perfect to reconfigure an exciting life. You have a similar vibe to Shoreditch on your door step. But you have access to a large sandy beach, scenic views and plenty of outdoor activities on your door step.

The energy required to work hard is replenished with before or after work activities.

Shuffle Life wants to empower remote working for all so you can define your lifestyle, to work, live, and explore anywhere, in beautiful countryside and seaside locations.

We provide co-working and co-living accommodation to live freely with the best living experience and social community for remote workers.

Think private en-suite studio, cinema, coworking, library, gym, games room, private office and fast WIFI.

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