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Whitstable is a small coastal town with a population of about 30,000, located 60 miles south-east from London. It is the first seaside town you arrive at if you leave London in that direction. As a result it is a very popular day-trip and weekend-break destination for Londoners and there is a high proportion of second-home owners meaning propery prices are higher than the local average. The town has a shingle beach and an atmospheric collection of narrow streets and alleys, weatherboarded cottages and old fishermens huts.
Whitstable was rather down-at-heel in the 1980s but since the 1990s it has undergone a remarkable transformation, exploiting it's excellent seafood restaurants and oyster heritage in the national media, and has turned into a chic, bohemian destination. There are many art galleries, boutiques and quirky shops. Whitstable recently topped the poll for having the highest proportion of independent traders in any high street in the UK and also the fastest-growing UK seaside resort in terms of increase in visitor numbers.
Whitstable is equally famous for its sunsets, being one of the few places close to London that one can watch the sun set over the sea because of the town's north-west facing bay. The backdrop of the Isle of Sheppey in the distance makes it particularly spectacular.
Whitstable's working harbour is one of it's main attractions where one can purchase fresh locally-landed fish with at least three separate stalls, or at weekends browse the arts & crafts market. To the east of here is the Tankerton district with it's colourful beach huts, high grassy promenade offering walks with fine views, a Victorian 'castle' and its own bustling little high street. To the west of town is Seasalter, with rustic seaside shacks between the sea and the marshes, leading to the Michelin-stared Sportsman gastro-pub. Most people come to enjoy the restaurants, the seaside and the shops. Other than this, there are no specific attractions in the town.
Whitstable has a number of excellent pubs. Due to its proximity to the brewery town of Faversham, there are many Shepherd Neame public houses, as well as several freehouses and outlets for the Whitstable Brewery (which despite the name, is not located here).
Most of the accommodation in Whistable is B&Bs and guesthouses.