Britain's coolest Places
These are the top 3 coolest places in Britain
London, eat your heart out. Britain's hippest street is the South Shore Road in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, winner of Google's Street View Awards, which was judged by VisitBritain, Mr & Mrs Smith Guides, leading journalists and celebrities. It's home to the Sage Gateshead music venue and BALTIC contemporary art gallery, which will host the Turner Prize in October. The impressive views look out over the Tyne Bridge, Swing Bridge and St James' Park (home of Newcastle United Football Club). Described in Lonely Planet's new Great Britain guidebook as the "hipster capital of the North", Gateshead is on a roll.
Margate, that formerly uncool seaside resort in north-west Kent, has had quite the revamp. It is part of Thanet, which also includes the seaside towns of Ramsgate and Broadstairs, and was recently mentioned in Frommers must-see destinations for 2011. Margate is packed with quirky cafes and vintage shops, and it's also home to the new Turner Contemporary gallery, built on the site of the guest house where JMW Turner stayed while painting his seascapes in the area. He once described the skies above Margate as "the loveliest in Europe." The gallery has just won the Readers' Choice award at the Condé Nast Traveller Innovation & Design Awards 2011.
Move over French Riviera - the English Riviera in Devon is fast on your tail in the cool stakes. New band Metronomy named their latest album after a patch of coastline and shot the video for their new single here. In fact, the entire album is partly a love letter to the seascape where frontman Joseph Mount grew up. The 35-kilometre stretch of coast that makes up the English Riviera includes the towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham and has international geopark status. It also features in Stuff magazine's 17 coolest things for 2011.
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