Design hotspots on the British coast

July 17, 2015 / OLD news posts
  • Image 1 of 8: The Longest Bench stretches along Littlehampton’s promenade and can seat up to 300 people. Designed by Studio Weave, the bench twists and turns along the boardwalk and incorporates bronze-finished shelters

    Image 1 of 8: The Longest Bench stretches along Littlehampton’s promenade and can seat up to 300 people. Designed by Studio Weave, the bench twists and turns along the boardwalk and incorporates bronze-finished shelters

  • Image 2 of 8: The New Craftsman Gallery is the oldest gallery in the Cornish town of St Ives. Visit the bright, airy space to see paintings, sculptures, jewellery and ceramics

    Image 2 of 8: The New Craftsman Gallery is the oldest gallery in the Cornish town of St Ives. Visit the bright, airy space to see paintings, sculptures, jewellery and ceramics

  • Image 3 of 8: Portmeirion is an unusual village on the North Wales coast. Designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, the town is inspired by Mediterranean architecture, and resembles a village on the Italian Riviera. It is now owned by the  Ymddiriedolaeth Clough Williams-Ellis Foundation charitable trust and open to visitors.

    Image 3 of 8: Portmeirion is an unusual village on the North Wales coast. Designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, the town is inspired by Mediterranean architecture, and resembles a village on the Italian Riviera. It is now owned by the Ymddiriedolaeth Clough Williams-Ellis Foundation charitable trust and open to visitors.

  • Image 8 of 8: The Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate has a fine collection of contemporary and historical art on display (visit now to see more than 50 works by Grayson Perry in its ’Provincial Punk’ summer exhibition). The venue’s modern structure cuts a striking figure against the more traditional buildings on this part of the Kent coast Picture: Ben Beker

    Image 8 of 8: The Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate has a fine collection of contemporary and historical art on display (visit now to see more than 50 works by Grayson Perry in its ’Provincial Punk’ summer exhibition). The venue’s modern structure cuts a striking figure against the more traditional buildings on this part of the Kent coast Picture: Ben Beker

  • Image 4 of 8: Rocksalt is a contemporary harbourside restaurant in Folkestone owned by Michelin-starred chef Mark Sargeant. Its floor-to-ceiling windows, marble frontage and fresh, seasonal fare sets it apart from the rest

    Image 4 of 8: Rocksalt is a contemporary harbourside restaurant in Folkestone owned by Michelin-starred chef Mark Sargeant. Its floor-to-ceiling windows, marble frontage and fresh, seasonal fare sets it apart from the rest

  • Image 6 of 8: East Beach Cafe in Littlehampton has a bold exterior designed by prolific British creative Thomas Heatherwick. The quirky architecture continues inside, where guests dine under a wave-like structure looking out to sea.

    Image 6 of 8: East Beach Cafe in Littlehampton has a bold exterior designed by prolific British creative Thomas Heatherwick. The quirky architecture continues inside, where guests dine under a wave-like structure looking out to sea.

  • Image 5 of 8: The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden in St Ives makes for a fascinating visit. Explore the artist’s studio and see Hepworth’s giant bronze sculptures displayed in the garden

    Image 5 of 8: The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden in St Ives makes for a fascinating visit. Explore the artist’s studio and see Hepworth’s giant bronze sculptures displayed in the garden

  • Image 7 of 8: The Grade-I listed De La Warr Pavilion is one of Britain’s most iconic works of Modernist architecture. Completed in 1935 and refurbished in 2005, the arts venue is on Bexhill-on-Sea’s promenade and plays host to an extraordinary range of art exhibitions, musical performances and film screenings throughout the year.

    Image 7 of 8: The Grade-I listed De La Warr Pavilion is one of Britain’s most iconic works of Modernist architecture. Completed in 1935 and refurbished in 2005, the arts venue is on Bexhill-on-Sea’s promenade and plays host to an extraordinary range of art exhibitions, musical performances and film screenings throughout the year.

Planning a British break? From sculpture gardens and contemporary galleries to a Welsh town inspired by the Italian Riviera, check out our hotlist of design-led attractions to visit while you’re at the seaside.