SHOP­PING

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WHITSTABLE

For a hit of salty sea air, a taste of fresh Kent oys­ters and a pe­ruse of in­ter­est­ing craft and de­sign stores, head to Whitstable on the Kent coast. The pic­turesque sea­side town is where ar­ti­sanal join­ery and de­sign firm Kent & Lon­don be­gan its busi­ness in a beach hut – it now has a show­room on Lon­don’s Hack­ney Road, but the orig­i­nal store re­mains an ever-chang­ing source of in­spi­ra­tion (ken­tand­lon­don.co.uk). Nearby, in a for­mer fish­er­man’s cot­tage, lies Frank, a gallery/shop pur­vey­ing pa­per goods and con­tem­po­rary homeware (frankworks.eu). Fi­nally, pick up a wo­ven bas­ket or mar­ble wall clock at The Union House bou­tique (the­union­house.co.uk).

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