A Weekend Break to Margate With Paul Camo

A Weekend Break to Margate With Paul Camo

A Weekend Break to Margate With Paul Camo

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Paul Camo


Paul Camo is the creative director of Studio Camo, a graphic and brand design studio based in Margate that boasts a client list of large and independent brands, both locally and worldwide such as The O2, Nike, Turner Contemporary, People Dem Collective, NorthDown Brewery, and Warner Music.


Once a regular DJ at the legendary Plastic People, Paul has hosted a flagship show on NTS Radio since 2012. He has also curated the music for the Turner Prize at Turner Contemporary, NTS X Tate Late, Somerset House and recently djed for Thom Yorke’s new band The Smile and also curated selections for clothes designer Nicholas Daley


He is also the founder of Margate Radio, a online radio station set up during the first lockdown which has since grown into a station of more than 90 shows, broadcasting a wonderfully varied range of content from Margate/ Thanet locals, every weekend.


Check out his guide where he shares his best spots in Margate.

Palm Bay Skates

Palm Bay Skates is on Northdown Road, and it's basically the place I get all my caps from now. Run by Matt and Sarah, they make all their garments onsite, or use uk based factories for items they don't make themselves. They also have an embroidering machine onsite which is always in use making quality patches. Their lines are constantly expanding but there's always a few essentials in store. Go check them out for baseball caps and jerseys. hoodies, t-shirts and beanies.

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Well Projects

There are a few really good art galleries and spaces here in Margate, Carl Freeman, Quench gallery, Crate and Penthouse Margate to name a few, but I'm picking out Well Projects as my tip. It's about 3/4 of the way up Northdown Road in Cliftonville, it's an artist lead gallery and publishers which always has very interestly curated exhibitions from emerging artists, which can range from video and sound installations, performances and talks to sculpture, ceramics, paintings and print based work.

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Elsewhere Margate

Situated at the foot of the high street, in a small shopping area called 'The Centre'. Elsewhere is a brilliant live music venue, record shop and bar. It's been a champion of both independent and local bands since it opened, but has also become a choice venue for a lot of better known acts too. I have to give a shout out to Sammy (Arts Cool), who is responsible for a lot of what I love about Elsewhere. We must support local independent venues.

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Dalby's Cafe

Dalby's is a bit of a Margate institute. Simply put, it serves up a banging fry up. Perfect for a Sunday morning breakfast after a big night out.

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Forts

If fry ups aren't your thing, go check Forts out. The coffee is so good, everything on the food menu is also banging. You basically can't go wrong with any choice.

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Sargasso

Sargasso is a great restaurant out on the harbor arm, opposite the old town. It is run by the team behind Brawn in London. They have a lot of locally sourced produce, the wine list is on point, and they're now doing the most gorgeous soft serve. Be sure to book in advance as it's a popular one due to its beautifully executed and delicious menu and buzzing atmosphere.

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Rose & June

My favourite place to get a drink has got to be Rose & June, run by legendary landlord and all round top guy Deke. Before I moved to Margate, Deke used to also run my favourite London pub 'Three Kings' in Clerkenwell. Rose in June is a little off the beaten track, which I like, its cosy, authentic and well curated interior with a (nice) old school vibe. They also serve some great grub. It's also worth checking Deke's new spot, 'Off License' which is a smaller bar opposite the Lido tower.

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Shell Grotto

If you've got time, you've got to check out the Shell Grotto. If you haven't got time, make time. It's not something you'll experience very often. It's a subterranean grotto that was discovered in 1835 and is covered with 4.6 million shells. Little is known about the shell ghotto's reason for being but one thing is for sure, it's quite amazing. Whilst you're at it also go visit the Margate Caves which is also nearby.

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Werkhaus

Run by two local legends, Rae and Cynthia, Werkhaus is an expertly curated shop of modern utilitarian womenswear and vintage garments, on the High St. The shop used to be an old launderette. The High St has seen an influx of independent shops popping up in recent years. Whilst visiting Werkhaus it's also worth popping into Margate Gift Store, Kill Me Now and L'Absurde.

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