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Deal named best hipster holiday destination for Londoners

By Emily Stott

Deal has been named one of the best hipster holidays for Londoners.

The London Evening Standard says seaside holidays are now back in fashion with bearded hipsters.

It notes that Deal has a sizeable artistic and gay community and is just 90 minutes away from the capital by train.

James Tillitt, director of the Astor is one of those supporting our raffle and has donated a pair of theatre tickets

The article suggests some of the best places to go to on a hipster holiday to the town includes Smugglers Records, the quaint record shop in King Street which started life as a record label and grew from there.

This seems to be a hit with visitors and residents alike, selling vinyls and CDs.

It also runs the annual Smugglers Festival in woodlands near Deal, including acts such as Cocos Lovers.

Will Greenham from Smugglers Records

Will Greenham, of Smugglers Records, said: “It’s great for smugglers, making us feel confident in what we are doing.”

The Astor Theatre, Stanhope Road, has also been praised for being a unique, multi-purpose arts centre with everything from arthouse cinema, live music, northern soul disco and tea dances.

James Tillitt, Astor director, said: “For Deal, and in particular, the Astor Community Theatre to achieve such recognition in our 70th year is a fantastic achievement. We aim to offer something for everyone, including all those young, bearded London hipsters!

“We look forward to seeing them, and all of you, at the Astor soon. Look out for our new autumn programme with the return of La Voix, Andy Fairweather-Low, Jay Rayner, Barb Jungr, Connie Lush, Mari Wilson and many more.”

Dalziel Douglas from The Black Douglas cafe

The Black Douglas Cafe in Beach Street is described as a ‘chic granny parlour’ and a hotspot for bohemian residents who wish to dine on pizzas, sip wine and catch live music or poetry readings.

Dalziel Douglas, owner of The Black Douglas Cafe in Beach Street, said: “We were one of the first places to open of this nature. “We’ve been here for 10 years and it gave other people confidence to open up similar businesses. We are an independent, nonconformist kind of place.

“People from London have been visiting for years, they come down and are glad to find somewhere like this, where they can come and feel at home.”

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